The Friday Five

Friday Five : |ˈfrÄ«dā – fÄ«v| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.

The Five:

That’s right, kids, it’s time for the Holiday Shuffle!

“I Believe in Father Christmas” by Greg Lake (from Classic Soft Rock Christmas, 2007)

Really?! First song of the holiday shuffle and it’s almost like a kick in the groin from those merry Mellowmas motherf*ckers, Jeff Giles and Jason Hare. Ooh, a 12-string guitar, pretty! Oh, maybe this isn’t that … oh, God, what in the hell is that?

This isn’t half as much fun to do by oneself.

“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Mariah Carey (from Merry Christmas, 1994)

Like it or not, Mariah Carey is responsible for likely the last “essential” Christmas record. (Don’t you dare mention the Frank Sinatra wannabe from the Great White North.) I swear, it wasn’t until Mrs. Cannon joined Jimmy Fallon and The Roots for their perfectly sweet rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” that I got my first swell of holiday spirit.

“Silent Night” by Charlie Byrd (from The Charlie Byrd Christmas Album, 1982)

Until being soundly dethroned by Tommy Emmanuel’s All I Want for Christmas last year, this was my favorite acoustic guitar based holiday record.

“The First Noel” by Sergio Franchi (from The Time-Life Treasury of Christmas (disc 2), 1987)

I’m certain my memory might be clouded, but this entire collection just reminds me of Christmas at my grandparent’s house.

“Mambo Santa Mambo” by The Enchanters (from Rockin’ Little Christmas, 1986)

The Enchanters were a doo-wop act out of Detroit, this (oddly) doesn’t sound at all like doo-wop. It sure beats “Feliz Navidad,” though.

What’s on your shuffle today?

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Michael Parr

Husband, Father, Writer, Musical Voyeur, Pop Culture Glutton, Gourmet in Training. I'm the tall guy behind all these short guys. You can find me on the Twitter.

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