Four Songs In My Holiday Collection That Aren't Holiday Songs
Some songs seem to get swept up in the holiday frenzy. Fact is they weren't written about Christmas, winter, snow, Hanukkah or anything else seasonal.
- •1. My Favorite Things, six versionsBarbra Streisand might have started this with her album from the '60s. "The Sound of Music" song is fine (see Coltrane, John), but it wouldn't sound out of place in July. Would "Jingle Bells"?
- •2. Amazing Grace, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo & Luciano PavarottiThis is a religious song for any occasion, not just this time of year.
- •3. Where Is Love, Tony BennettHe concludes a holiday medley with this. It sounds OK, but seems a little incongruous.
- •4. Hallelujah, Chris BottiLovely Leonard Cohen song that's carried more emotional impact since Cohen's death and the Kate McKinnon-as-Hillary-Clinton version on SNL. Not really a holiday song.