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Every once in a while, it’s time for a silly post. Ten years ago I wrote what is my most viewed post, where I discussed how different people learned different “echoes” for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Somehow it got on the front page of Google results when you search for lyrics with echoes. Go figure.
Anyway, this year my silly post is about the Barenaked Ladies holiday album, Barenaked for the Holidays. Why? I’ve loved the band for decades (wow I feel old) and I get so much joy from listening to this album every holiday season. So many fun songs to listen to!
You can listen to the whole album on YouTube; I’ll include the individual songs with each discussion.
So, without further ado, here’s why I love so many of the songs on this album.
Track 1: Jingle Bells:
It starts out with a beautiful, melancholic version with minimal accompaniment (piano and bass), then abruptly transitions to a loud, goofy version of the song including the “Batman smells” lyrics.
Track 2: Green Christmas:
Originally written for the live action version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” starring Jim Carrey, this song still makes me laugh, with the lines “Carolers are at my door; Don’t want to hear them anymore”. They have carolers singing for the first line, then you hear a door slam you can hear muted carolers sing the next line.
Track 6: Elf’s Lament:
Super cute song exploring the idea of how Santa’s elves are overworked and under appreciated. Plus Michael Bublé adds his lovely crooning voice to this song.
Quite possibly the best song on the album. This was recorded long before the rest of the album and features Sarah McLachlan. I remember loving this song decades ago. I love the harmonies in this one.
Track 12: Carol of the Bells
This is such a unique version of this classic Christmas song. The style reminds me a lot of Laurie Anderson’s O Superman (thanks to the modern music class I took in college for introducing me to Laurie Anderson music!). Very cool sounds.
I also like that they included a few Hanukkah songs so that it’s not all Christmas music. This includes the standard Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, as well as Hanukkah Blessings, which incorporates the traditional Hanukkah candle blessings into a new song describing the holiday.
I fully acknowledge this was a very silly post. I just think it’s been a super fun album to listen to over the years, and thought I’d share why I enjoy so many of the songs.