10 on… Wednesday (and TubaChristmas)


Yesterday, I kind of failed to realize it was Tuesday, and therefore forgot to use Carole’s 10 on Tuesday prompt until I saw sprite’s post this morning. I liked her angle of taking the “shuffle your iPod” prompt and making it seasonal by using just the holiday genre on the phone, so that’s what I did too. Here’s what l got:

1. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
2. Petit Papa Noel – Josh Groban
3. The Most Wonderful Day of the Year – Glee Cast
4. White Christmas – Dolly Parton
5. Christmas All Summer Long – Deer Tick
6. Christmas Isn’t Christmas – The Boy Least Likely To
7. Gabriel’s Message – Sting
8. Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry
9. The Real Story of Christmas – Michael Shelly
10. The First Noel – David Archuletta

I have more than 400 holiday songs (I know, excessive) and I got a pretty good mix overall, though I did end up with two renditions of White Christmas and three tracks from sprite’s 2013 holiday playlist.


While I’m on the subject of Christmas music, I joined sprite and Rudi tonight for TubaChristmas at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. It’s an annual free concert with a band comprised solely of tubas, sousaphones, and euphoniums — 350 of them,  to be specific. It was a fun and different way to hear Christmas classics (along with lesser-known gems like “Santa Wants a Tuba for Christmas”).

Here’s the chorus from “Angels We Have Heard on High” to give a sense of how 350 large brass instruments sound when playing together:

A snippet of what #TubaChristmas sounds like.

A video posted by Sarah Heffern (@smheffern) on

It Was Christmas Eve, Babe…

As I noted on Twitter/Facebook earlier today, if there’s a better opening lyric than,

“It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank…”

I don’t know what it would be. That’s a line that tells you a) there’s a story coming and b) this ain’t your momma’s Christmas song. And both of those are true of the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.”

I posted that comment in reference to this great article from the Guardian about the origins of the song, which is one of  my all time favorites. (It’s tied with Dar Williams’ “The Christians and the Pagans.” What can I say, I like me a non-traditional Christmas tune.) I had no idea, though, that the song had gone through such a laborious creation process. I think it’s easy to think that musicians toss off a Christmas song in haste to make a quick buck, but “Fairytale” apparently took the Pogues years to get just right.

Personally, I’m glad they took the time. And if you love this song like I do, take a moment to read that story — it’s an interesting look at the creative process and the many things that inspired and influenced the creation of a single piece of music.

Funny enough, until I saw this article, I had never seen the video for this song before. In fact I had no idea there even was a video — despite the fact that it came out in the 80s, when everything had a video.

Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank my friend Chris for posting the article on Facebook this morning. So, thanks!