Tuesday, December 14, 2010

tunes i like tuesday: the christmas song

There is something very familiar and comforting about traditional songs.  I'm not sure if it's that they have been around our entire lives, that everyone knows them or if we each have our own personal memory of a particular song.  I like tradition and knowing year after year we can look forward to doing the same thing (or hearing the same song).  I think tradition helps bond people by creating a common experience and a common memory.

Here in the US, one of the most beloved Christmas songs is "The Christmas Song" also commonly known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire".  I can remember singing this with my mother as a little girl. The song was written in 1944 by the very wonderful Mel Tormé and Bob Wells and first recorded by Nat King Cole in 1946.  Cole went on to record several versions of the song, adding different instrumentation to each, but his definitive version was recorded in 1961.  This is likely the version you know (and hopefully love too.)  Just about everybody who is anybody has recorded their own take on this song, though I must say that most versions don't stray too far from Nat King Cole's.  

Have a listen and enjoy a little holiday tradition. What songs make you think of Christmases past?  Are there any songs that you look forward to hearing every year?


  1. Nope. That will always be my favorite Christmas song. It tugs at my heartstrings every time.

  2. OH! Nat King Cole just does it for me every single time! Love this song and singer.

  3. A golden oldie. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog in 2011.

  4. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - my all time favorite. Winter Wonderland, too! Oh now look what you've done - made me start digging into my older CD's for the oldies! Yay!! Visiting from SITS!

  5. OH!!! One of my favorites. Johny Mathis, Bing, and Nat King Cole. The holy trinity.


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