Tune-in to the holidays

Local musicians share their December playlists.

Rose Guerin sings holiday songs with the band. —Gabrielle Mannino

Love it or hate it, holiday music has officially hit the airwaves. Now that your morning commutes are accompanied by the likes of Bing Crosby and Tchaikovsky, maybe you’re all warmed up and ready to dive deeper into the timeless, traditional tunes of the season. The Times caught up with a couple local musicians to see what they’re listening to this time of year.

Rose Guerin, vocals and guitar, Rosie’s Ritzy Review and Vandaveer:

“I have always loved Christmas music. I think ‘O Holy Night’ is maybe one of my favorite songs ever written. Music inspired by love, for man or God, is what hits us the hardest, right? I’ve recorded and released bits of holiday music with my band, Vandaveer, over the years, and am hoping to get something done in time for Christmas this year, as well as here at home. Not that I wouldn’t pine for Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald, but this would be my desert island Christmas list:”

  1. Do You Hear What I Hear by Gladys Knight and the Pips
  2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Jackson 5
  3. Jingle Bells by Booker T and the M.G.’s
  4. Merry Christmas Baby by Charles Brown
  5. Little Drummer Boy  by Ray Charles

Wes Nagy, keyboardist and music director at Grace Church:

  1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) by Mel Torme — “It just screams Christmas to me. I have great childhood memories of my parents playing that album. I like the originality of it.”
  2. Linus and Lucy (Charlie Brown Christmas) by Vince Guaraldi Trio
  3. Christmas Time is Here (Charlie Brown Christmas) by Vince Guaraldi Trio
  4. Silver Bells by Bing Crosby — “Bing just kills it.”
  5. Hallelujah by George Frideric Handel — “It was originally written as an Easter celebration for a 16 piece group, but its expanded to 144 voices. Everyone loves the Hallelujah chorus.”

Annie Cook, vocals and bass for the Devolvers, producer for the Muse MV:

“Our family, young and old, jam these carols on vocals, keys, bass, wooden xylophone, and guitar at Christmas. It’s a beautiful way to bond in spirit, light, and gratitude.”

  1. Santa Baby by Kylie Minogue — “I have a special fondness for this version, mixing innocent and sultry.”
  2. All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey — “A melodic, upbeat gem.”
  3. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel — “On the classical side.”
  4. O Holy Night  — “One of my favorite local musicians turned me on to this one. It has the added allure of being originated in France.”

Siren Mayhew, vocals and piano:

  1. Santa Claus is Back in Town by Elvis Presley
  2. Little Drummer Boy by Annie Lennox
  3. Zat’ You, Santa Claus? by Louis Armstrong
  4. The Christmas Guest by Johnny Cash
  5. The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky

Josh Campbell, bass and mandolin:

  1. Father Christmas by The Kinks
  2. Christmas Card from a Hooker by Tom Waits
  3. Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub by Paul Williams
  4. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear by Michael Doucet
  5. Christmas in Hollis by Run D.M.C.
  6. No Presents for Christmas by King Diamond
  7. Christmas with Satan by James White
  8. Fairytale of New York by the Pogues