I do this sort of thing when the fancy strikes me. Click on the song title to hear it and read my silliness.

 

12 Unrepentantly Happy Days of Christmas (2016)

2016: What a shitty year. I unfortunately can't promise that we'll wake up and the past month (hell, year!) will have just been an entire season of Dallas, but I am here to give everyone - and myself - a little respite. This Christmas season I just couldn't bear to put together another 12 days of miserable Christmas songs (plus, my mother-in-law made me promise I wouldn't), so I'm going in the opposite direction.

Christmas Love, Billy Idol

Christmas in New Orleans, Louis Armstrong

A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi

Tit for Tat (Ain't No Taking Back), James Brown

Sleigh Ride, et al.

All I Want for Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey

Mele Kalikimaka, Bing Crosby

My Favorite Things, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass

Christmas in Hollis, Run-DMC

The Chipmunk Song, Alvin & the Chipmunks

Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!, Sufjan Stevens

Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano

 

12 More Miserable Days of Christmas (2015)

Ok, this is no longer a whim. There are a lot of miserable Christmas songs!

Santa Can’t Stay, Dwight Yoakam

Christmas Time Again, Extreme

Last Christmas, Wham!

Chiron Beta Prime, Jonathan Coulton

Christmas Song, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto, James Brown

Father Christmas, The Kinks

I Believe in Father Christmas, Greg Lake

Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis, Neko Case

The Saga of Jenny, Mildred Bailey

25th December, Everything but the Girl

Hang Myself from the Tree, The Vandals

 

12 Miserable Days of Christmas (2014)

On a whim, I decided to do "12 Days of Miserable Christmas Songs" - you know, those tunes that exult in the loneliness, heartache, and selfishness characteristic of our most maudlin American holiday. I posted one a day starting on 12/13, going through Christmas Eve.

Loser Makes Good, Everclear

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Elmo & Patsy

Sister Winter, Sufjan Stevens

Do They Know It’s Christmas?, Band Aid

Spotlight on Christmas, Rufus Wainwright

Wish You Well, A Fine Frenzy

Christmas Without You, Tommy Page

Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa, De La Soul

My Birthday Comes on Christmas, Spike Jonze

¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe!, The Killers

Merry Christmas from the Family, Robert Earl Keen

Fairytale of New York, Pogues

 

My Pathos-Laden Running Playlist

For the past couple of years, I've gotten back into the running habit. I used to be a competitive runner, but that was a long time ago. So long, in fact, that not only could I not arrange playlists but I couldn't run with headphones because the CD would skip. I find that much of the music I like to run to now is either depressing or disturbing, so of course I thought I'd share it.

It's All Gonna Break, Broken Social Scene

Nothing, The Fugs

Don't Stop Believin', Petra Haden

Trouble Every Day, Frank Zappa

Galuppi Baldessare, Kris Delmhorst

When Heroes Go Down, Suzanne Vega

Burnt Offering, The Budos Band

How Loud Your Heart Gets, Lucius

Man, Neko Case

Sonsick, San Fermin