Christmas is only, what, 11 days away?
In no particular order, here are some holiday CDs that share time in my player this time of year. I know a few of these are out of print, but you can always find a copy if you know somebody (wink, wink).
Seasons Greetings, Nathen Page: A personal favorite by an old friend who played some sweet jazz guitar.
Hell It's Christmas, Trailer Trash: A signature holiday event in Minneapoli is the Trailer Trash xmas party at Lee's Liquor Lounge.
Christmas With the Beach Boys: What's a Christmas song without great harmonies?
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas: We'll, you don't actually need harmonies when you have Ella Fitzgerald's voice.
Chris Isaak Christmas: One of the best "Blue Christmas" versions I've heard by a contemporary artist.
A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector: I know, but I'm not suddenly going to deny the existence of the Ronettes.
A Dave Brubeck Christmas: I've got five words for you (I think): Cantos para Pedir las Posadas.
The Very Best of Bing Crosby Christmas: If one gets stuck in the player, I hope it's this classic.
The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole: I'm not sure anybody sings "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." and puts you there like Nat.
A Very Special Christmas, various artists: Everybody from Bon Jovi to the Eurythmics, even Stevie Nicks doing "Silent Night."
Mannheim Steamroller, Christmas 1984: The first and considered the group's "definitive" holiday album, it was loaned to me years ago and never found its way back home.
It's heavy on jazz, as I look at this list, but representative of my collection. If I add one this year it'll probably be the Dylan album we've been talking about.
How about you?