Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings have an excellent holiday album ‘It’s A Holiday Soul Party’. They actually have an excellent Hanukkah song – ‘8 Days of Hanukkah’, also ‘Ain’t No Christmas In The Projects’, ‘Big Bulbs’, and ‘Funky Little Drummer Boy’. It’s seriously amazing!
Like I mentioned earlier, there aren’t that many Christmas songs/holiday specific songs in the mixtape, and this is the last real one. I like this one because it’s Christmas Blues. You don’t have a snowman coming to life, or a religious song, or something about Santa. It’s not all warm and fuzzy by the fire and beautiful snow falls. Those snow falls turn black with soot in less than 24 hours people! (I get a little Grinch-y sometimes.) It’s a little sad, and in keeping with yesterday’s post, that’s ok. It’s also a little hopeful. Plus a little soul at Christmas is a must.
My parents just re-invested in a record player and are having fun re-exploring their vinyl collection (or what has survived of it – there’s been hipster pillaging and damage throughout the years). I sent my mom this album for her birthday back in May. A bit of an unconventional gift, especially with the timing, but my mom likes Christmas music, especially good Christmas music and I knew she’d love it.
If you have the blues this Christmas, listen to Sharon Jones. She’ll put a little funk in your step and soul in your heart. She’ll give you a little hope and she might freak you out a little with the claymation in the video.