Friday, December 23, 2011

The Only Christmas Song

For whatever reason, I haven't been digging Christmas music this year. That's a pretty big deal for me, because I'm typically a fiend for it. Elvis singing "Blue Christmas," Bruce wailing on "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," anything on the Beach Boys' Christmas album - love it. Then of course there's Vince Guaraldi, the Temptations, Dean Martin, and oh my God, Bob Dylan singing "Must Be Santa Claus."

But this year, I just haven't been feeling it. I've got plenty of Christmas spirit, I just haven't felt like listening to a lot of Yuletide music. For some exceedingly strange reason, the only holiday song I've been able to abide is - and I apologize in advance - "Last Christmas" by Wham! I know, it's like a hormonal imbalance or something.

Then last night, a Christmas miracle occurred. I heard my new most favoritest Christmas song ever.

Have you ever heard of the Airmen of Note? They're the jazz ensemble unit of the U.S. Air Force Band, which, if you don't know, features some of the finest musicians who are also trained to kill you in the world. These are some amazing musicians. I mean, wow. AND there's the whole they can kill you thing. Total respect.

The song I heard on the radio (thank you, Sirius/XM, thank you) that restored my faith in Christmas music was the Airmen of Note's rendition of "We Three Kings." And read this next sentence twice before you listen to it, because otherwise you won't believe it when you hear it: It's a mashup of "We Three Kings," "Take Five," and "The Chipmunk Song." It's freaking brilliant.

So here it is for your listening delight. Thank you, Airmen of Note, not just for your service to your country, but for your jazz badassery and sheer audacity. You've made Christmas music awesome for me again.

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