Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

21. José Feliciano – Niño Jesus

Why it’s on the list… A Puerto Rican holiday classic by Jose Feliciano, who’s more well-known for his other holiday single, “Feliz Navidad.” Here he’s covering a song first recorded by Tony Croatto.  My Spanish is pretty rusty, but I can still tell that the lyrics refer to people ignoring a poor, hungry child named “Jesus.” Not necessarily the “Jesus.” But in a sense it is. It has a real “as you do unto the least of these you do unto me” vibe.

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8 12 2010
candyce

Great playlist! And I agree that the “Praise Santa” segment from Boondocks is pretty great! “Revolution” as a Christmas selection is a great idea, too…

I’d throw in some classics like “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (simple yet profound) and “O Holy Night” (bit of abolitionist commentary).

I’ve been listening to a classical rendition (from the London Philharmonic) of Messiah over the last few holiday seasons. There’s some good stuff that Jones didn’t include. I had “Thou shalt break them” (from Ps. 2, follows the verses sung in “Why do the nations rage…”) stuck in my head last week. And of course, there’s the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Hallelujah, indeed…

Have you heard Beck’s “Little Drum Machine Boy”? Hilarious and fun. 🙂

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