CHRISTMAS YET TO COME

My Top Ten Christmas Songs, Young Artists Edition, By Rich Paschall

From the time your Halloween pumpkin turned to mush on your front porch until now, you have been hearing Christmas music in the stores, on the radio and television and perhaps on your computer and mobile devices as well.  As we have noted on past Top Ten lists, the airwaves have been filled with familiar voices singing the same holiday hits to us that they have been singing for decades.  Of course, it is not Christmastime if we do not hear Bing, Perry, Andy and Nat crooning to us, but perhaps there are some newer artists who will earn a spot on the radio station playlist some day soon.

It is in this spirit that I come to you with another holiday playlist in hand.  I can see by the tired look on your faces, that you are ready for something fresh.  For this edition we have an eclectic assortment of original songs and holiday covers.  Before we get too carried away with Aunt Maude’s apple cider or Uncle Harvey’s Gluhwein, I have an honorable mention from talented producer, video editor, musician and performer Kurt Hugo Schneider (age 28).  Performing this “mash-up” of holidays tunes with him is actor, dancer, singer Max Schneider (24, and no relation) and Victoria Justice (23).  I will leave it to you to figure out how KHS pulls this off.  He really does not explain it at the end.

Now the weather outside might be frightful, but the following is so delightful, and since you’ve no place to go (because most stores really are closed), enjoy these tunes from the 30 and under crowd.

10. Christmas Must Be Something More, Taylor Swift (26) Released in 2007, this tune has not gotten the airplay of her rather uninspiring covers of “Last Christmas” and “Santa Baby.”

9.  A Wonderful Christmas Time, Demi Lovato (24)  The former Disney princess covers the Paul McCartney hit in a Disney Parade.  I guess that means Ryan Seacrest needs to make the introduction.

8.  Santa Tell Me, Ariana Grande (23) The former Nickelodeon star has made it big in television and film, as well as recording pop songs.  The Christmas video comes with a series of “outtakes” at the end.

7.  Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Sam Smith (24)  The typical presentation of this Grammy winning artist is perfect for this melancholy version of the bittersweet tune.

6.  Let It Snow – Baby It’s Cold Outside, Robby Word (19) and Alex G. (24).  It’s another holiday mash-up from Kurt Hugo Schneider, a master at the one-take video.  You can also wonder how they pulled off this one.

5.  Winter Wonderland, Alexander Rybak (30) The 2009 winner of the Eurovision song contest released an album of holiday tunes in English in 2012, Christmas Tales.  Not only did Rybak arrange and sing the songs, he is the entire string section on the recording.  The multi-talented artist was born in Belarus and lives in Norway.

4.  I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Sam Tsui (27)  Sam writes, arranges and sings on a large number of You Tube videos.  On this selection, he goes a cappella with a crew of Sams singing along.  Tsui has a Christmas EP so you can hear other familiar Christmas tunes as well.

3.  All I Want For Christmas Is You, Steve Grand (26)  This will be our non-traditional entry on the list.  Grand plays the piano as well as sings the familiar tune.  He is the featured character in the story being told, but how does it end?  You can find a link to another video on how they made this one on You Tube.  We have previously featured Steve as the “All-American Boy“.

2.  Mistletoe, Justin Bieber (22)  The Biebs scored a big hit with all the Beliebers in 2011 with this snappy tune.  The video has picked up over a quarter billion views and still going strong.  The radio airplay may have died down, but this song really deserves a place on the list.

1.  Pat-A-Pan, David Archuleta (25)  There were a lot of Christmas songs to choose from by the popular recording artist.  He has a full length album of Christmas songs.  He has performed on multiple Christmas television programs.  In fact, he was the featured performer on a Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas program on PBS.  That show received more ticket requests than any of their previous annual shows.  Find a half hour of highlights here.  I chose Pat-A-Pan from a different show not just because he sings to us in French and English, but also because it shows off the strength and clarity of his voice.

Entire You Tube Playlist:
Christmas Yet To Come
Christmas Present
Christmas Past

8 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS YET TO COME

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  2. Interesting to hear some of the new Christmas performances. I do believe I’ve hit the wall on Christmas music for this year. No reflection on the performers.
    Merry Christmas, Rich!!!

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      • Ironically, we don’t usually get the broadcast. YOU get it in the midwest, but here, we have to wait until PBS picks it up. But we have seen it, in person, and we talked to Anton this morning. I have to get the DVD of it. I keep planning to, but then I forget until the next Christmas 🙂

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        • We get a whole cluster of annual Christmas shows. Some are rebroadcast once or twice. I get three PBS stations. One is from northwest Indiana, so the chance of finding some shows more than once is quite good. The St. Olaf website live streamed the show on Dec. 4th, although I did not know that in advance.

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      • Rich, I spoke to the St. Olaf Choir maestro yesterday. Anton sound very chirpy along with middle Brother, Billy. It is a family tradition to call on holidays and remind each other of our love.. Minnesota is a frozen tundra.

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        • Garry, I saw the Christmas program, along with a few others on PBS. We are lucky to be able to get 3 PBS channels over the air and even more if you have cable. It means we can usually find all the Christmas shows. I saw Minnesota had terrible weather. Here the snow is almost gone.

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