The Holiday Playlist
As I’ve mentioned several times, I love a good playlist. And I like to drive around listening to that playlist, singing at the top of my lungs and releasing all of my angst and anxiety.
The holidays are no exception.
This year, I compiled a list of some lesser known favorites that are still near and dear to my heart.
- Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses: The single girl’s holiday anthem. While I’m so grateful for amazing family and friends, one solo Christmas eating a Wawa shorti and watching Bridget Jones’ Diary, Love Actually and The Family Stone in a continuous loop doesn’t sound so bad.
- Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg: It’s impossible to listen to this song and not think of that lost young love. The one that still makes you smile 20 years later. The one that knew you before you figured out who you really were. That memory that belongs to only you – and him.
- All the Christmas mass songs: I simply can’t pick just one. Almost nothing feels more like Christmas than a decorated church filled with the sounds of God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, Away in a Manager, and O Holy Night. Hearing these always makes me feel like I’m 10 holding my dad’s hand, looking for my friends and bursting to get back home to play with my gifts.
- Baby It’s Cold Outside – Ellis Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan: This is my favorite version. I recently read this amazing theory that this controversial song is actually about an oppressed woman finding a way to claim sexual agency in a small-minded society (ManRepller)! I tend to agree…
- River – Joanie Mitchell: I remember the exact moment I first heard this song. I had just started dating my now husband. It was December. We were listening to XPN and this magical song came on, and the world was bright and beautiful and new. Kind of like our relationship at the time.