Appreciations by Title
|Please Come Home for Christmas||If Christmas is supposed to return us to home and family, then of course songs will be written about those who are still left yearning for a reunion with loved ones during the holiday season. Charles Brown helped to give us the joyful “Merry Christmas Baby,” but he also first delivered, and co-wrote, the plaintive appeal found in “Please Come Home for Christmas.”|
|Santa Claus is Coming to Town||“Santa Claus is Comin' to Town” was written in 1934, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in that same year. It became an instant hit, and it's been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.|
|Star of Wonder||This is a lovely little song, written by Terre Roche and recorded a cappella by The Roches for their Christmas album, We Three Kings.|
|The Christmas Song||It would be hard to leave this one off of any list of holiday tunes. First of all, as it's named, this is “The Christmas Song.” Second of all, everyone has recorded a version of it – I have thirty different renditions of it in my own personal collection. Third, there's the classic story of the song's composition….|
|The Little Drummer Boy||This is an odd little song, but an undeniable Christmas favorite. It was written in 1941 by the American classical composer Katherine Kennicott Davis, and was said to be based on a traditional Czech carol. Davis' interest in writing the song was to produce something that could be sung by amateur and girls' choirs. The original title was "Carol of the Drum."|
|The Rebel Jesus - Song by Jackson Browne||Jackson Browne's Christmas song is everything one might hope for from a singer-songwriter whose career has combined political activism with a deeply personal romanticism.|
|The Village Green Preservation Society||
This is a rather amazing song by The Kinks, first released in 1968.
I loved this song from the moment I first heard it, but my appreciation for it has only grown over the years.
|The Weight||I recently came across the Playing for Change Song Around the World video of Robbie Robertson's composition “The Weight,” and it made me want to think – and write! – more deeply about how this song works, and what it means, and the timeless nature of its appeal.|
|Will the Circle be Unbroken||
I first heard this song as the title track on the monumental 1972 album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which they recorded with a number of country music greats who were still alive at the time.