I'll have a blue Christmas without you, Chris
Maybe it's the huge blizzard that has (this time seriously) immobilized my city, but I am feeling all holly and jolly. I think that my favorite Christmas album that I am playing the most 'round the house this yuletide season is Chris Isaak's 2004 Christmas CD.
In addition to rockin' retro covers of several old standards, there are five originals and duets with Stevie Nicks as well. It's got such a nice cozy feel to it, with a hint of the surf/jangle/crooner vibe that makes me love Chris. I do recommend buying the whole thing for your Christmas enjoyment -- it's one I look forward to taking out each year. Some people have an aversion to Isaak, but not me. There is nothing but love in my heart for that man.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Chris Isaak
(duet with Stevie Nicks)
Pretty Paper - Chris Isaak
(for good measure:)
Pretty Paper - Roy Orbison
Gotta Be Good - Chris Isaak
(check the fun & naughty innuendo)
And this song's not on the album, but I have categorized it in my iTunes as a bonus track for the CD. The shimmering cymbal roll at the beginning of the track is reminiscent of the sound of the waves - just me and Chris 'round a fire on Ocean Beach singing the season.
I'll Be Home For Christmas (bonus track) - Chris Isaak
And, here's one thing that I had completely forgotten about that made me smile when I opened the CD this year: