Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

24. Paul Simon – “Getting Ready for Christmas Day”

Why it’s on the list… Another brand new holiday tune. Paul Simon finds a way to mix the usual joyful expectation with a little social commentary. Leave it to Simon to write a carol that features stagnating wages and a “nephew in Iraq” eating a turkey dinner in Pakistan.

From a more musical perspective, part of what makes this song unique in Simon’s long discography is the way it features sampling  — which most of us usually associate with hip-hop. The sermon interspersed throughout the song was delivered by the Rev. J.M. Gates and recorded in 1941. But in the end, it’s still a Paul Simon original.

He’s still got it.

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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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