I had today's slot set aside for Dean Martin's uber-cool version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" but it suddenly became expendable when I heard this sweet medley on the radio recently. I'd forgotten about this song's awesomeness.
As someone who grew up a churchgoer, I've always been a bit dubious when I heard a rock band doing a hymn. I mean, I'm not sure where church fits into the equation of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.
If you do it justice, though, I'm on board. (See Dec. 8)
And that's the case here. With their sparse, upbeat instrumentation and signature harmonies, the Barenaked Ladies (with help from fellow Canadian Sarah McLachlan), transition seamlessly from one classic hymn to the other.
At moments, I forget which of the two songs the lyrics are coming from. That's saying something because, as the last 17 days have proven, I really like Christmas music.
So kudos to you crazy Canucks for this enchanting, bewildering piece of music. I love it.
Day 18's pick: "Holly Jolly Christmas"
The 24 days of Christmas (songs)
Dec. 1: 'Sleigh Ride' -- The Ronettes
Dec. 2: 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing' -- Marty Robbins
Dec. 3: 'O Tannenbaum' -- Vince Guaraldi Trio
Dec. 4: 'Blue Christmas' -- Elvis
Dec. 5: 'Santa Baby' -- Madonna
Dec. 6: 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas' -- Perry Como and the Fontane Sisters
Dec. 7: 'Here Comes Santa Claus' -- Alvin and the Chipmunks
Dec. 8: 'Angels We Have Heard on High' -- Brian Setzer Orchestra
Dec. 9: 'White Christmas' -- The Drifters
Dec. 10: 'Do You Hear What I Hear?' -- Bing Crosby
Dec. 11: 'Carol of the Bells' -- Celtic Woman
Dec. 12: 'Jingle Bells' -- Frank Sinatra
Dec. 13: 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' -- Judy Garland
Dec. 14: 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' -- Tennessee Ernie Ford and Straight No Chaser
Dec. 15: 'What Child Is This?' -- Johnny Mathis
Dec. 16: 'My Favorite Things' -- John Coltrane