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Discussion in 'The Sound Hound Lounge' started by rickt, Dec 5, 2019.
Are playing in front of friends and family? Gigs?
Our band is adding Run,Run Rudolph ( Bryan Adams version) and All I Want fr Christmas is You( Vince Vance version)
After Thanksgiving I add a Winter Season Sing-Along to my sets. I put lyric sheets out around venue for a bunch of holiday songs + acoupla feel good songs:
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN_ Coots/Gillespie/1934
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS_An English carol_Lyrics/1708 & Music/1909_NOTE: You can substitute Solstice, Kanzaa or Hanukkah for Christmas
SILENT NIGHT_First performed in 1818 in Omendorf, Austria
DECK THE HALLS_19th century British lyrics set to a 15th Century Welsh ballad
WHITE CHRISTMAS_Irving Berlin/1942
JINGLE BELLS_Published in England in 1857.
LEAN ON ME_Bill Withers/1972
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER_Based on the 1939 story
AWAY IN A MANGER_The lyrics are lost in time; the melody was first published in 1895
MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY_JOHNNY MOORE (BLAZERS)_1947
MERRY XMAS/WAR IS OVER_John Lennon
WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR_Washington/Rose/1940
THE WASSAIL SONG_The Wassail Song
HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS_Marlin/Lewis/1944
FROSTY THE FUNKY SNOWMAN_Rollins/Nelson/1950
WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS (Figgy Pudding Song)_English Traditional
AULD LANG SYNE (Old Times Sake)_Robert Burns/1788
Run Run Rudolph (Adams version)
White Christmas (Bad Religion)
Please Be Home for Christmas
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus is coming to town
Please Come For Christmas (eagles)
Jingle Bell Rock
Santa Clause is Coming To Town
Sleigh ride ( instrumental Los Straightjackets style)
Enter sandman jingle bells mashup
Christmas- baby please come home
Run Run Rudolph
Christmas Blues - Sonny Boy Williamson
Another Run Run Rudolph.
At my church during greeting so far I’ve played Christmas Time is Here, Winter Wonderland and White Christmas.
Cool idea. What is the response?
There are so many great versions of that song. My favorite is the Johnny Winter version,
Varies. There's a local brewery where they get big crowds during the holidays, lots of families with kids; there, it's a hit with lots of participation. Some venues it's not as popular, you maybe get 2 or 3 tables singing along. If folks aren't into it, I just leave em alone, stop telling them that the lyrics are there, just sing on my own. The songs have a shelf life of 4 weeks. After Christmas I pull em outa of my playlists.
A duo I was in the last few years did a similar thing but more of a Cabin Fever Sing-Along - I live in north central Minnesota and we're all more than ready by the time spring arrives; same thing, lyrics sheets out on tables but we're doing songs about the sun, blue skies, summer. We did a Cinco de Mayo Sing-Along 3 years in a row at another brewery. To be clear, the sing-along songs are scattered throughout my regular playlists, so, for example, I have 2 gigs this Saturday, a 3-hour daytime thing where holiday sing-along songs account for about 1/3 of all songs and then a 2-hour evening gig at a taproom where holiday songs are about half of all tunes.
Did a one-off gig on Saturday...corporate Christmas party; had to learn Nat King Cole's version of The Christmas Song (Fabulous!) and also Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)...not so fabulous but still a little fun to learn. I mentioned this to a friend of mine from Indiana and he told me his aunt knew Bobby Helms and that it apparently took 50 or 60 takes to get the vocal right!!
Merry Christmas, I Don't want to fight tonight - Ramones
Got my wife a Mandolin in June.... trying to jam 'Merry Christmas from the Family" - REK with her by Xmas
I recorded one and posted it to YouTube just for fun:
I used to play miracculium by lincoln Brewster every year at church but I've changed churches and no longer have a band capable of playing it .
So this year its gonna be angels we have heard on high by passion and joy unspeakable joy by Chris Tomlin
I always work up White Christmas and Christmas Time is Here for solo guitar.
If I have a regular solo gig I will add a couple of others along with Auld Lang Syne.