I am, it’s fair to say, sometimes overwhelmed by the deluge of Christmas music in stores and other commercial locations. I’m still not sure what to think about hearing Bob Dylan’s Christmas album (the whole thing, on repeat) at a local sandwich shop last week.
But sometimes it’s nice to have a few “seasonal favorites,” as we call them at KUSP, at your beck and call. For the second year in a row NPR Music comes through with “Jingle Jams,” an on-line loop of holiday tunes picked by ten of America’s top public radio stations with musical formats.
“Eclectic” is an apt word for a winter wonderland that includes Louis Armstrong, the London Philharmonic and John Aldiss Choir, the Ramones, Robert Earl Keen, Run D.M.C. and the Waitresses. Best of all (from my perspective), a track from the supremely talented Woody Phillips makes the playlist this year, as it did in 2008. Find Maestro Woody’s full repertoire of workshop masterpieces on Gourd Records here.
NPR’s Jingle Jams plays on a loop so you’ll pick up the playlist at some random point if you launch the stream on your computer. If you’re in the mood, go find it…