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Monday, December 22, A.D. 2008
American Carols

I like several American carols, but perhaps my favorite is “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Noël Regney was born in Alsace, but he moved to the U.S.A. and his co-writer wife Gloria Shayne Baker was an American. Here is Bing Crosby’s version:

Naturally, I also like “White Christmas”—though Irving Berlin was born in Russia. Here is Crosby, again, with Marjorie Reynolds in Holiday Inn:

My favorite Christmas pop in general has to be from the Carpenters. Their Christmas works are wonderfully American—simple, fun, and sincere—with that necessary dose of a bit too much sentimentality. The Europeans and classicists hate us for it, but it is who we are. Besides, I love Karen Carpenter’s voice. Unfortunately, I could not find any good videos of the Carpenters’ Christmas specials from the 1970’s.

For a Christmas pop single, I think that John Lennon’s rather pacifistically deluded but nonetheless endearing and catchy “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” stands above the rest:

Coming from an Elvis-loving household, I always heard “Blue Christmas” every year during the holidays, and I eventually came to like it:

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Joseph on Monday, December 22, Anno Domini 2008
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