Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Bloggity Blog Christmas Playlist

BLARG! I spent like an hour getting this playlist to work, just to find out that it only works for people with Spotify accounts (which makes sense, I guess, but nowhere on their list of instructions for how to create the playlist for blogs did Spotify mention that tidbit). I unpublished the post once I realized, but I'm republishing it because even if you don't have (and don't want) a Spotify account, at least it's a list of suggestions that you can then look into on your music player of choice if you're so inclined.


I'm one of those ABSOLUTELY NO CHRISTMAS BEFORE THANKSGIVING types, and not just because Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. The fact of that matter is that while I do really love Christmas, I only love it for about three weeks. If I start celebrating too early, I'm out of steam well before the actual holiday. After some serious self-reflection, I've attributed this mostly to the fact that I find most Christmas music nauseating (and I'm not a music snob by any stretch of the imagination). So that being said, maybe I ought to title this playlist "Christmas Music I Don't Find Utterly Repulsive." I do even love some of these songs! See! I'm not a grinch! (Full disclosure: I almost did a playlist of Christmas songs I actually look forward to throughout the year, but then I realized the list would have exactly 5 songs.)

The vast majority of my favorite Christmas songs come from four artists/groups: MoTab (MoTab IS Christmas to me), The Lower Lights, Sufjan Stevens, and Cat Jahnke.

Also, I can't figure out how to randomize the Spotify playlist, so in alphabetical order by artist will just have to do.

Also, none of the MoTab songs will embed. They must have dumb restrictions for playing their music?

Also, I really really hope this doesn't play automatically. If it does, I am so sorry to be that person and if I can't figure out how to fix it I will likely delete this post entirely.

PS - Songs that would have been on the "Christmas music I actually look forward to" list:

Betelehemu (one of those MoTab ones that won't embed)
Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow by Cat Jahnke
The Christmas Song by Catherine Feeny
Stars of Glory by The Lower Lights
Song for a Winter's Night by Sarah McLachlan (another one that won't embed)

(The Lower Lights' new Christmas album only came out a couple of weeks ago, though, and nearly every song on it will qualify for the prestigious "Christmas music I actually look forward to" list for next year. Maybe my favorite Christmas album, ever.)


  1. YAY. I am so excited to listen to these! I've never heard of The Lower Lights, so I'm looking forward to hearing them. :)

  2. I'm listening to The Lower Lights RIGHT NOW. And Song for a Winter's Night is one of my all-time favorites, too!