14 December: Ray Anthony & His Bookends: Christmas Kisses

Published December 14, 2013

"Santa can keep the hi-fi set / There's something that is better yet." Okay, so February 14 is two months away, but who said that there can't be a little kissing on December 14 as well?

This was recorded in 1961 and released as a single....and that's about all I know about 'Christmas Kisses', except that it's fab, of course. And that Ray Anthony was married to Mamie van Doren at one point. And that I first heard it on the Christmas Cocktails CD pictured here.

Listen here.

13 December: Helga Görlin: Sankta Lucia

Published December 13, 2013

Today, December 13, is the Lucia day in Sweden. If you want to know what that's all about, Wikipedia has an article about it here. Anyone who's ever been a child in Sweden for the past 100 years or so, will have participated in these processions in school, at home or elsewhere.

This recording features opera singer Helga Görlin performing 'Sankta Lucia', which is only one of three different lyrics used to the same tune. The song itself is of Italian origin.

Anyway, what this all boils down to is: I'm Swedish so I thought we should have at least one seasonal offering connected to my home-country in the Advent Calendar.

This over-the-top recording was made in 1936, and you can listen to it, at your own peril, here.

12 December: The London Sound 70 Orchestra And Chorus: The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Published December 12, 2013

I don't believe in numerology, but I still couldn't resist making The Twelve Days Of Christmas the Advent Calendar tune for December 12. So there!

We had a song from the very weird and wonderful London Sound Orchestra And Chorus in the 2012 Advent Calendar: their trippy and groovy version of Deck The Hall. For this year's contribution, it seems the Orchestra left the Chorus at home, but apart from that it's just as groovy - just check out the drum break at 01:11 (it begs to be sampled, or at least it begged to be sampled 20-25 years ago, when this kind of groove was very much in vogue).

Listen here.