I had to laugh yesterday when my friend Lesley commented “Shame that all those formative years working holidays at The Gap ruined my affection for many Chirstmas songs.” I asked what her least fave was (mine is “Santa, Baby” as “sung” by Madonna), and she replied “I don’t know them until I hear them, and this season I’ve been avoiding it all like the swine flu. BUT, I just heard ‘simply having a wonderful Christmas time’ at this Coffee Bean, and I immediately wanted to shoot myself. Definitely the Gap effect.” So the timing of my friend Oscar’s Countdown to Christmas on his excellent blog, …To The Sublime, couldn’t be better. From now until Christmas Eve he will countdown his 10 favorite Christmas songs—and I’m pretty sure we’ll be McCartney and Madonna free (RIGHT, OSCAR???). He says, “You’ll hear a few of my R&B favorites, plus Caetano Veloso, Tom Waits(!) and Eydie Gorme(!!). Today we start it off with a dark, but groovalicious Christmas story from De La Soul. Happy Holidays, ya’ll.”
Check it out! As for The Foodinista’s faves? A tough call between two Frank Loesser classics…”Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (as sung by Ray Charles and Betty Carter, 1962) and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” (sung by Ella Fitzgerald, 1960). And of course “Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire” by the velvet fog, Mel Tormé. My guilty little pleasure. And yours?