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Tunes: for a Festive Holiday

Just like pairing wine and cheese, music can be matched to different situations.  This series will queue up playlists for different occasions so you can listen to some quality beats while you’re cooking, eatign, or exercising so you can do more of the cooking/eating later.


This first ever “Tunes” is focused on the Holidays – that’s a no brainer. I don’t care if you’re celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, or Festivus; all religions want some fun, jolly songs to put them in the mood while they’re wrapping presents.

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  • Leona Lewis: “One More Sleep” – This is fun and upbeat.  It’s a new favorite.
  • Olivia Olsen: “All I Want for Christmas” – This is the “Love Actually” version, and I think I may like it better than the original Mariah one (blasphemy!).
  • Glee Cast: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – I like that this version is performed by two men for a modern twist, but it still sounds very 1940s with a croon-y vibe.
  • N*Sync: “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays” – Anyone 25-35 years old should have this one on their playlist.  You owe it to your generation.
  • Darlene Love: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – The jingle bells in the background put you in the spirit of the Holidays.
  • Wham!: “Last Christmas” – This one is nice and pop-y. 
  • The Maccabeats: “Candlelight” – There has to be at least one Chanukah song on the list, and this one is so much fun to dance to.
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “Carol of the Bells” – I’m not the kind of person who does instrumentals, but this one is just so good.
  • Pentatonix: “Mary Did You Know” – I didn’t watch “The Sing Off,” but this group won the a capella competition.  This song from their new Christmas album popped up on my iTunes Radio recently and I loved the slightly gothic song.
  • The Dan Band: “I Wanna Rock You Hard This Christmas” – I may be one of The Dan Band’s biggest fans so they had to be added to the list.

 

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