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Romantic Christmas Songs 2013

November 22, 2013

I’m about to celebrate three years of blogging,trying to write about “This Life” and educate the world about the U.S. Merchant Marine … and my most popularly viewed post is my Romantic Christmas Songs list from 2011 with 374 views! In contrast, Part 2 written last year has only had 7 views.

I’ll post more on these anniversary milestones and stats latter. I thought I’d add a “Part 3” and review the two new albums I’ve bought.

The King’s Gift by Trace Adkins and Duck the Halls: A Roberston Family Christmas by the Roberstons.

Trace Adkins album features tradition carols, Celtic adaptations, a variety of guest artists (who knew Kevin Costner could sing?) but nothing I’d deem “romantic”. It’s just plain enjoyable to hear Mr. Adkins’ deep baritone singing such delicate songs. It wasn’t a bad price for songs that I probably have in triplicate in my play list. I’m sure several will become preferred versions.

Duck the Halls… this could have gone wrong in so many ways. Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas. Hairy Christmas. Duck the Halls. It could have gone bad quickly. But it pairs these parodies with traditional songs even with a touch of Uncle Si. It doesn’t hurt that Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss, Josh Turner, and the George Jones lend vocals and talents. It also doesn’t hurt that various members of the Robertson family can sing… really sing. Most surprising? Uncle Si himself singing a Grinch-tastic version of “You’re a Mean One.”

Christmas Cookies, featuring Phil Robertson and George Strait–really should be listed the other way around, but hey–gets my vote for a simple romantic song. The catch is what gives a glimpse of what long married love should be like: you get 15 minutes of hugging and kissing between batches and “that’s why he eats Christmas cookies all year long.”

The album features Missy and Jase Robinson singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Missy really can sing. And you can tell Jase is enjoying “singing” with his wife. But I’ve said before (as have others) this is a creepy romantic song. I’ve had a couple of thoughts running through my head. 1. They kept the song traditional, the banter is good (“Where were you going? We’re married after all.”) 2. But it’s a song about spiking someone’s drink, not taking no for an answer, mentioning smoking… really? Should they be singing it? 3. Was the previous statement unfair? Should the Robertsons, self-proclaimed Christians be held to such a higher standard and scrutinized for singing a Christmas classic? (If we want to go that route, most churches of Christ of which the Robertsons are a part of, sing a capella–so what are they doing with instruments, especially on Silent Night?)

So I came to the conclusion that I am glad they left the song alone. It reflects the song well. I have issues with Jolly Old St. Nick no longer smoking a pipe and being marketed to children as the “new child-friendly version.” If they had sanitized the song would detractors ask, “Oh are they too good to talk about drinking and smoking, even in a song?”

Camouflage and Christmas Lights, a cover of the Rodney Carrington song sung by Reed Roberston, is particularly poignant and I’m glad it is included on the album and a tribute to our armed services in mentioned in the liner notes.

Duck calls as instruments is definitely a novel idea. Maybe it will catch on the way “More Cowbells” did.

I have not loaded up my playlist and these two CDs have only made it on in the car once or twice since I purchased them. I do enjoy them and consider them good additions. Next Friday begins Christmas music 24-7 and I can’t wait!

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