I’ll probably do a slimmer version this year – they do say ‘less is more’, right? I should probably start looking for the stashed gifts to make sure I’m not forgetting anything – and of course wrap them. Seems every year gets a little more rushed than the year before. Anyone locate that pause button yet?
Meanwhile, it’s Monday – and since we are now in December, the theme for the entire month is of course Christmas! Grab your favorite carol or tune (or tune your carol – whatever floats your boat) and come along for the festive ride!
Let’s start off with an artist who’s known for her bizarre fashion sense and outspoken ways. But when it comes down to it, she proved she’s got the voice of an angel in a clip from Bill Murray’s Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas. She sang this holiday favorite perched atop a white piano in an awe-inspiring performance.
Bill Murray had this to say about this artist: “She can sing. I thought she was a knucklehead crazy girl that you’d want to go on a road trip with, but she can sing! I was not convinced, but Miley Cyrus is really f***ing good!”
Give a listen to Miley Cyrus with “Silent Night”:
Next up is a fun one – in December 2012, when Jimmy Fallon was still host of Late Night, Mariah Carey stopped by to perform her holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with the Roots playing classroom instruments.
Fallon has kept that tradition alive even as he moved on to The Tonight Show by inviting this group – fresh off their third Saturday Night Live visit in three years – to perform the Christmas favorite “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”
With everyone wearing their most vibrant holiday sweaters, Fallon, the Roots and One Direction break out instruments like children’s xylophones, coconut shells and toy drums to perform the oft-covered Christmas classic.
Enjoy Jimmy Fallon, One Direction and The Roots with “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”:
Next up is an artist who jumps into holiday music with this gospel-inspired dance tune that’s being used in H&M ads throughout the season. It’s a catchy jingle – in case you were wondering if it’ll get stuck in your head.
Give a listen to Katy Perry with “Every Day Is A Holiday”:
Since this week happens to be The Festival of Lights, you know I have to include this next song. Just in time for the holidays, Adam Sandler has once again updated the lyrics to his Chanukah Song, and the new version features a few famous names.
The last time Adam re-wrote the lyrics for this comedy anthem was more than a decade ago – this newest version is version 4. The Chanukah Song was first written for Saturday Night Live and performed on the NBC sketch show by Sandler on December 3, 1994. Seems like yesterday, doesn’t it?
He went on to include it in his stand-up routine and comedy records, revising the lyrics in 1999 and again in 2002 (the year Princess Nagger was born). This newest version is just as funny as the original.
Here’s Adam Sandler with “Chanukah Song Part 4”:
Last, but definitely not least, is a 29-year-old violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer who is known worldwide for her choreographed violin performances, one of which she performed for the 2015 CMA Country Christmas, earning her an enthusiastic standing ovation.
The dance featured a bevvy of ballet dancers with this artist at the center, performing a medley of holiday hits “Carol of the Bells,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “What Child Is This.” It was exquisitely done – it’s so good that it looks fake, like she couldn’t possibly actually be playing the violin. But she is.
This artist largely gained her game via the Internet after being cut midway through Season 5 of “America’s Got Talent.” She’s won two YouTube Awards, two Streamy Awards and a Billboard Music Award. Look for big things to come from this girl as she continues to become more well known. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since stumbling across one of her earlier videos.
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!