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Christmas Carols With A Twist

It’s the season when we hear Christmas carols played on the radio as early as September and because I care for your sanity (I like Jose Mari Chan’s A Perfect Christmas but I need a break sometimes ūüėČ ), here are some that do not get airtime. Thankfully so!

Festive lights along Ayala Avenue.

Festive lights along Ayala Avenue.

Dream Theater РO Holy Night 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Canon Rock

Pas/Cal – Last Christmas

Asobi Seksu – Merry Christmas (I Don’ Want to Fight)

Slade – Do They Know Its Christmas

The First Noel – Black Label Society

Twisted Sister – Oh Come All Ye Faithful

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Rockin’ Christmas

It’s a weird bed weather Sunday in December and I spent it channel and web surfing and finally saw Youtube’s new look. ¬†I love the traditional Christmas carols but I like it when rock artists do their own spin on the songs. ¬†But this song from Rick Springfield (I think) is an original and made as a tribute for the troops in Iraq. The lyrics are just too heartwarming; made miss my family and friends who are miles away and haven’t seen in ages. ¬†Anyway, hope you enjoy these!

Christmas with You

Rick Springfield

Jingle Bells

Skid Row

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Twisted Sister

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Firehouse

 

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Song Covers I Love #4 (Christmas Edition)

It’s barely a month before Christmas and I can’t help but be excited because my sister’s family will be home for the holidays. Enjoy listening!

¬†Twisted Sister – I’ll Be Home For Christmas feat. Lita Ford

(Original artist: Bing Crosby)

Lovin’ the glam rock vibe of this song.

Olivia Olson – All I Want for Christmas is You

(Original artist: Mariah Carey)

From the movie, Love Actually, one of my all-time favorite movies; very simple yet it hits you right through the heart.

Jon Bon Jovi – Blue Christmas

(Original artist: Ernest Tubb)

Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Coming to Town

(Original artist: Harry Reser and his band)

 

The Fray РHappy Christmas (War Is Over)

 (Original artist: John Lennon)

and my most favorite Christmas song:

Lea Salonga – Grown-up Christmas List

(Original artist: David Foster and Natalie Cole)

Local and foreign artists alike have done covers of this song but for me, Lea’s version easily tops my list. Regine Velasquez’ take on this song is well worth listening too.

 

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Song Covers I Love #3

Hope you’ll love these song covers I have¬†diligently unearthed from Youtube.

Richard Thompson – Oops I Did It Again

(Original artist: Britney Spears)

Who would have thought that this rather ¬†juvenile song can be twisted into something sophisticated like this one? All this song needed was Richard Thompson’s guitar prowess and good vocals, and voila! Masterpiece!

U2 feat. Bruce Springsteen РStand By Me

(Original artist: Ben E. King)

I don’t know but I seem to have developed a very delayed reaction to Bruce’s sexy, husky voice. ūüėČ

Johnny Cash feat. Fiona Apple РFather and Son

(Original artist: Cat Stevens)

How their contrasting voices complemented each other is a measure of just how good they really are. I’m not a fan of either of them but Fiona’s soulful voice molded beautifully to Johnny’s gruff and very country voice.

The Wallflowers – I Started a Joke

(Original artist: Bee Gees)

I don’t really know much¬†about their songs,¬†aside from Heroes, which was part of the mashup sang by Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge. This song though, is part of the original soundtrack of Zoolander.

Sarah McLachlan – Rainbow Connection

(Original artist: Kermit the Frog)

This is probably one of the best covers of this song. Listening to this just calms me down on a very toxic day at work.

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Song Covers I Love #2

Ever since I discovered some of the best covers on the net, I can’t stop adding to my growing list of favorites. I grew up listening to songs from different eras because every Sunday, our parents will listen to the oldies; and older cousins will listen to Bread and John Denver. So I pretty much appreciate different music genres and here are some of them.

Patti Austin – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

(Original artist: The Platters)

My father is a big fan of the Platters and this is one of the songs I really love because of the movie, Always.

REM – All I Have to Do is Dream

(Original artist: Everly Brothers)

I almost can’t believe that it’s the same REM responsible for Losing My Religion.

Morrissey – Moon River

(Original artist: Audrey Hepburn)

It’s a surprise to hear him sing this because I just remember him for the song (which I also love), The More You Ignore Me.

If you hear a sobbing in the background, (based on a forum I read) it’s Audrey Hepburn crying in the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where this song was especially written for.

Jackson Browne – Stay

(Original artist: Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs)

This song was revived by Dreamhouse in the 80s but I find that I like this 70s version better. It’s a mashup and Stay starts at 5:52 but The Load Out is a great song, too.

I was laughing my head off at 7:11 ūüėÄ


Radiohead – Nobody Does it Better

(Original artist: Carly Simon)

Who would’ve thought that the Creep singer can turn this into just about the sexiest rendition of the song ever! Well at least for me ūüėČ

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