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Music Monday โ€” What are you listening to? (Christmas Edition ๐ŸŽ„)

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๐ŸŽถ It's the most wonderful time of the year... ๐ŸŽถ That's right y'all, we're doing Christmas music! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿคถ So, get suited up in your most festive sweater, grab your gifts, and prepare to be merry. We're about to deck the halls with some Christmas tunes! And while I say Christmas, it's totally cool for folks to drop songs for your holiday of choice. Y'all ready to jingle bell rock?!

You see a Seussian cartoon room with a Christmas tree and gifts under it, a gramophone sits in the foreground. A green hand reaches into the screen and sets the needle of the gramophone onto a spinning record. One by one, the words "You're a mean one, Mr Grinch!" appear on screen.


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In this weekly series, folks can chime in and drop links to whatever it is they've been listening to recently + browse others suggestions.

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So, let's hear y'all's favorite Christmas tunes! Note: you can embed a link to your song using the following syntax {% embed https://... %}. This should work for most common platforms!

I look forward to listening to y'all's suggestions! ๐ŸŽถ

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Michael Tharrington

Not long ago, I saw a breakdown of the story behind Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" and it's been on heavy rotation this Christmas season at my place โ€” check it out here on Digging the Greats. Here's a pretty cool cartoon music video that they put together for it!

I also saw a deep dive look into Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas album via Dead Wax here. This album is absolutely in my top 3 Christmas albums, and possibly takes the #1 spot. The whole thing is brilliant, but I think my fave has to be "Linus and Lucy" which you'll find timestamped here. But for the sake of embedding cleanly, here's the full album:

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Erin Bensinger

+1 for the Vince Guaraldi Trio!

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Erin Bensinger

I love sad songs and am not big on traditional Christmas music, so I've been partial to this track lately:

It's a cover of this 2000 song by The Handsome Family:

And it was also covered, beautifully, by Phoebe Bridgers and Andrew Bird:

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Michael Tharrington

OOooo I had never heard this one, but it's nice. I really like the Phoebe Bridgers version!

My favorite sad Christmas song is probably Blue Christmas. Here's a cool live version of it from Elvis's `68 Comeback Special:

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Erin Bensinger

Classic! "The Year Without a Santa Claus" is one of my favorite childhood Christmas movies, and this song always reminds me of the movie! Although they didn't use the Elvis version, hahah

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Kurtiss Frost

๐Ÿ˜ฎ how did you do those awesome Spotify cards?

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Michael Tharrington

All our embeds essentially use the same syntax: {% embed https://... %}

So, this Spotify card:

... is written like so: {% embed https://open.spotify.com/track/7ve4Gzms1u0wW0EhMi6CXu?si=ab2c79ad436941da %}

Which is the same as how it works for embedding YouTube videos. For instance, {% embed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aur9gLzsXQU %} creates:

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Chris Jarvis • Edited

A mashup of classics. There's an hour long version in the youtube comments.

Imperial March by John Williams
Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych
Arranged & Orchestrated by Samuel Kim

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Michael Tharrington

YESS!!! I gotta say, Disney has successfully woven Star Wars into Christmas for me. They released a lotta the new movies and shows during the Christmas season + always drop so much amazing merch around the holidays. I'm loving the mashups!

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Vincent A. Cicirello • Edited

Pentatonix. All of their various Christmas albums.

Jackie Evancho's various Christmas albums.

Lindsey Stirling's album Warmer in the Winter.

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Michael Tharrington

All great suggestions! ๐Ÿ™Œ

I really dig the Pentatonix's version of Carol of the Bells here:

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Vincent A. Cicirello

I think my 2 favorite Pentatonix Christmas songs are Carol of the Bells, and Mary Did You Know:

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Kurtiss Frost
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Pandeyashish17

I am a one piece fan so i am listening to one piece xmas song

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Dendi Handian

why I am not thinking about this too

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Ella (she/her/elle)

I just got back from a week in Berlin, and this Low song was EVERYWHERE:

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Michael Tharrington

This is nice! I like all the layering โ€” kinda feels a bit like a Phil Spector produced Christmas song. Really appreciate ya sharing, I'd never heard this before! It's always cool uncovering new Christmas tunes. ๐ŸŽ„

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Michael Tharrington • Edited

Gotta love this oddball Christmas special with Bing Crosby and David Bowie:

And the hilariously awesome tribute version from Will Ferrel and John C. Reilly:

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Jordan Baker

Tyler the Creator's Grinch song, "The Grinch" - it's pretty dope

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Chris Jarvis

How the Grinch stole Christmas.

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Mac Siri

๐Ÿ˜Œ

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Michael Tharrington

Hahaha!

Beautiful. ๐Ÿฅฒ Just beautiful.

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Jon Snow

Very nice
Did you check out my latest Christmas Cannon?
dev.to/jon_snow789/codepen-designs...

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Michael Tharrington

I love it!! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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Michael Tharrington

Gotta give it up for Chuck Berry of course... He gave us one helluva gift in rock'n'roll!

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