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My 12 Favorite Christmas Song Discoveries Of 2011 – 6 At A Time

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Every Christmas we compile a compact disc for friends and family with Christmas songs we’ve discovered throughout the year.  Believe it or not, it’s a year long project, and we always come up with some real surprises along the way.  With few (if any) exceptions none of what we pick will be anything you’ll hear on the radio, but I’d like to share a dozen of my favorites with you.  And other than the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Buble[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Shania Twain[/lastfm] duet, I’d like to hear if you’re familiar with any of these.  And I’d also like to know what some of YOUR favorites are. 

His name is [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jason D. Williams[/lastfm] and he sounds more like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jerry Lee Lewis[/lastfm] than [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jerry Lee Lewis [/lastfm]does.  Buddy of mine turned me onto him a few years ago and I actually found this at the beginning of the year.  You’ve never heard Rudolph sung like this.

The [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bee Gees[/lastfm] never recorded a Christmas song, right?  Wrong.  there were actually a couple of tracks that never saw the ligt of day until a box set with three [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bee Gees[/lastfm] albums were re-released a few years ago.  This was included as a bonus track.  Lucky for us.

  Another surprise, a [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Fogerty[/lastfm] Christmas song with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Wiggles[/lastfm].  If you have kids or grandkids you know about The Wiggles.  If you don’t, this will make no sense to you.

   Never afraid to borrow from the best, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Buble[/lastfm] finally released a full Christmas album this year, which included a variation of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Drifters[/lastfm] arrangement of White Christmas.  And he even snagged [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Shania Twain[/lastfm] for the session.

Though [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] recorded Christmas fan club greetings to members, they never recorded a complete Christmas song as a group.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] each gave us a Christmas single, but Ringo took it one step further with a full album, which includes this plea.

My dad worked for the railroad, so I’ve always been partial to any songs then mention trains.  When a Texas buddy sent me a load of stuff earlier this year, this was among the lot.  Christmas and trains…great memories.  And you can’t say I’m stuck in just one type of music when you hear this.

That’s half the list – the rest tomorrow, which includes a song by the guy that was the voice of Tony the Tiger, and recorded You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch.   Don’t want to load you down all at once.

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