Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Very Micah Christmas 2018

Hark! A Very Micah Christmas is *finally* here. Sorry for the delay. This year has been... a year. But I somehow found the time and energy to throw this thing together. YOU'RE WELCOME. :) So just what do I have in store for you? Well, here's what will be pumpin' through your headphones whilst you sled down that hill:

1. "Unwrap You at Christmas" - The Monkees
2. "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" - Los Straitjackets
3. "Hey Skinny Santa!" - JD McPherson
4. "What Christmas Means to Me" - Quiet Company
5. "Angels We Have Heard on High" - Old 97's
6. "Rise Up Shepherd" - Twin Bandit
7. "Deck the Halls" - The Sweeplings
8. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Colin & Caroline
9. "Crush Some Egg Nogs" - Annelise Noronha
10. "Happier New Year" - Chris Farren
11. "Feliz Navidad" - shame
12. "Thank God It's Christmas" - Queen
13. "Last Christmas" - Carly Rae Jepsen
14. "You Bring the Snow" - The Crookes
15. "Nice Jewish Boy Band Chanukah Medley" - Six13
16. "O Come All Ye Faithful" - Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra
17. "Baby, It's Christmastime" - Praytell
18. "Holiday Parties" - Empty Atlas
19. "I'd Be Jolly Too" - Jim Brown
20. "Christmas Makes Me Sad" - Rodney Crowell
21. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" - Frank Sinatra
22. "It's Christmas Without You" - The Mavericks
23. "Next Year Will Be Mine" - Whyte Horses
24. "Christmas Eve at Kroger" - Traveller
25. "White Christmas" - Soft News
26. "Silent Night" - Beta Radio
27. Surprise!

You can snag it here.

This year I made it a point that each song I used (aside from the bonus track) is available on Spotify. Due to licensing issues, usually at least a third of the songs in my mix aren't streaming. Now that I've ditched the CD version I used to send to friends and family, I don't know how many of you actually go through the trouble to download the mix anymore and I don't want you to miss out. So here's where you can play the songs and give the artists a fraction of a penny!

And I know how you kids like your YouTubes and "stars" I've never heard of, so here's a video playlist. (It's missing the Los Straitjackets song, but it includes the bonus track, so I guess it's a wash.)

You can grab some of the previous editions of AVMC above in the "Merry Mixmas" tab. I believe there currently are some broken links up there, but I'll try to get them fixed in the coming days.

My favorite new discovery this year would have to be the Traveller song. Among the wistful looks back at Christmases past and name checking of Die Hard is a verse we should all take to heart:

"Well, please don't fight
No politics at dinner
We're all in this together
If only for the night
Oh holy night"

We're all so divided these days, yelling at each other, not bothering to listen, and retreating into the safety of our tribes. Let's put all that crap aside, pour each other a strong eggnog, and find some common ground. It'll probably have to do with food or the upcoming Avengers flick, but that's good enough.

Okay, rant over. So another AVMC is in the books. Time for me to turn on the HD fireplace and enjoy a cup of tea. I hope you enjoy this year's mix. Merry Christmas!