BRETT RITCHEY'S BLOG
Christmas time means long lines in the stores, crazy drivers,
incessant whining from unhappy little ones and fruit cakes. but it also means
the celebration of our faith at the earth-birth of Jesus, time with friends and
family and wonderful Christmas music. we started playing holiday music the day
after Thanksgiving with a full on 24 hour blast of the holiday cheer, and have
since scaled it back so we're not drowning you in the sounds of the season for
now. we will ratchet it back up as we get closer to Christmas Eve, but as for
now we're mingling it in with your regular J103 favorites.
as we get closer to Christmas though, I thought I would share with you my top 5 Christmas songs of all time.
5) Francesca Battistelli - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: close to my favorite Christmas song, done by my favorite female vocalist. her peppy version of this Christmas classic makes me smile and really brightens the mood for the Christmas season.
4) Relient K - Sleigh Ride: leave it to the boys of Relient K to make me fall in love all over again with a Christmas classic. their bouncing take on this already 'poppy' holiday song has me wanting to take a ride in a sleigh too!
3) Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Time Is Here: growing up, listening to this album was a Christmas tradition for me. the song framed the moments in this classic movie so well with a sound both content, and hopeful.
2) Bebo Norman - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: this song is my all time favorite Christmas song yet it's still only number two (and yes, this one song is on this list twice). Bebo's cover is my favorite version of this song, but i have so many favorite versions that i couldn't in good faith put one over another as my #1 song. so that leaves...
1) Capital Lights - Favorite Christmas Story: this song made me tear up at the end. true story, just don't tell anyone i admitted to that okay? this original song by the guys of Capital Lights is a moving Christmas story of a man's recollection of his favorite Christmas, and would be a killer Christmas song if redone for mainstream audiences (as is, it's probably a little too rockin' for most stations playing 'smooth' Christmas music). you can get the song only on the X Christmas compilation, or you can also hear it saturday nights on Crossroads.