Kitchen Jams: ‘Tis The Season Edition
The Christmas holidays are here again, and we ladies of Liddabit are working hard to give the masses their sweet fix in time for the most wonderful time of the year. Naturally, we have music at full blast during our kitchen travails, and I thought it would be nice to poll my bosses and some of my coworkers on what their fave holiday tunes were. Here were some of the selections:
My favorite holiday song is Feliz Navidad….no, it’s not.
My actual favorite song is Linus and Lucy from A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. I don’t know why but it always makes me smile.
My second favorite is Nat King Cole’s Merry Christmas To You; I just love his voice.
I think my sincerely favorite one is The Week Between by John Roderick of The Long Winters. It’s off the Christmas album he did with my personal hero Jonathan Coulton a few years back. It perfectly captures the kinda-sleepy, overstuffed, over-familied, vaguely melancholy feeling between Christmas and New Year’s…and the line “In the week between/New Year’s resolutions and conversations with last year’s dreams” always gives me chills.
Close second is JoCo’s “Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime,” because robots.
Joan (Operations Manager)
I like that it combines this very romanticized version of New York — and love, and Christmas, and snowflakes — and also the messier, drunker side of all that. Having lived in New York for a while now, it’s still magical to go to Midtown and go, “ooh, lights and trees and presents!”…but there will always be moments when you think, “Ugh, too many people, and I’m broke, and alone, and screw the holidays, get me out of here.” It’s just the perfect combination for me, and kind of encapsulates all the various feelings I have about the holidays.
Robin (Liddabit Chelsea Manager)
[Robin went a little crazy and sent me a couple, so I had to executive decision this one. I love this song too, and really, how could you not love classic Adam Sandler?] [Editor’s note: I also made the executive decision that, as owners, Jen and I get to pick two. So there. -Liz]
Nicole (Chelsea/IC retail associate)
One of my favorite christmas songs is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams. I used to be obsessed with his Christmas album when I was little, but for some reason couldn’t pronounce “Williams” – so I just called him “Andy Lamb”. My entire family still calls him Andy Lamb to this day.
Michelle (Senior Production Assistant)
I would have to say that my favorite christmas music is The Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with the whole thing: the storyline, the costumes, the dancing and especially the music. And because my parents were amazingly thoughtful and sentimental, I now have a collection of almost 30 nutcrackers. I would get a different one under the tree every Christmas morning…and I still do. I now insist on listening to the nutcracker whenever my coworkers agree. Which thankfully, is pretty often.
Kelsey (Production Assistant)
I love “We Need A Little Christmas” from Mame! It gets me really excited for the holidays, and it’s also in my all-time favorite movie: A Muppet Family Christmas.
And as for me…well, I have a very short list of favorite Christmas songs, because…well, most of them drive me crazy. But if I had to talk about one here, I just have to mention the duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie, “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”. It was recorded for a Crosby Christmas special in the late 70s, but I discovered it when I was in grammar school in the 90s, when the video was aired on MTV during Christmastime. I was already a hard and fast Bowie fan as a wee Monique, and was vaguely familiar with Bing, but to hear their voices enterwined together, combining the traditional and the new, well, it made me feel like these voices were just made to sing together. To sing of a humble boy and his drum, and to sing of a hope for peace for all.
We’ve actually assembled a YouTube playlist of these songs, plus a few more, for your listening enjoyment — check it out!
We Liddabit ladies wish all of you a sweet holiday season, and a wonderful new year! But now…back to work.