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The Annual Yule Blog: Rocking, Swinging Through the Holidays with APL

Our Sixth Annual Yule Blog

EurosantaThe month of December is finally hereDK featured image square yule blogfeliz

The time of the season we bring you good cheer.

The tunes that we list we hope will amuse

So relax take a listen…  you

have nothing to lose.

Pick from bebop and pop

Or country and rock;

there’s piano and brass

plus a little cool jazz.

From our “house” to yours, we wish you the best

And thank you for being our most honored guests.



The “Don’t Touch That Dial” Playlist 2013


frostyElla Fitzgerald – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

HappyJulie London – “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Paul Simon – “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Jingle Bell Rock” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

The Ronettes – “Frosty the Snowman” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Kurt Elling – “Cool Yule” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Carrie Underwood – “Do You Hear What I Hear” Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Emmylou Harris – “The First Noel” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Sufjan Stevens – “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

John Fahey – “We Three Kings Of Orient Are” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)SantaLeeHighway

Watersons – “Here We Come A-Wassailing” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

The Albion Band – “While Sheperds Watched” (Spotify/Amazon)

Jack Jezzro – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Spotify/Amazon)

Marian McPartland – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (Spotify/Amazon)

trikeCharlie Parker – “White Christmas” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Little Eva and Big Dee Irwin – “I Wish You A Merry Christmas” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Brenda Lee – “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Chuck Berry – “Merry Christmas Baby” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Grant Green – “My Favorite Things” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Fairport Convention – “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

Pittsburgh Symphony Brass – “Wexford Carol” (Spotify/Amazon/YouTube)

(All photos by Diane Kresh 2013)

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Comments (6)

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  1. Sheila says:

    What a fun list.

  2. Yule Blogger Diane K. says:

    Two bonus selections from Nick Lowe’s newly-released “Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family”:

    The decidedly rockabilly “Children Go Where I Send Thee” and the self-penned “Hooves on the Roof.”

  3. Paul from Shirlington says:

    Good to hear Carrie Underwood when so many folks are hating on her acting. Happy Christmas to the librarians and thanks.

  4. Yule Blogger Diane K. says:

    Hi Paul,

    Most folks didn’t realize that the live show on NBC was based on the play, not the movie. So it’s a thankless job filling Julie Andrews’ shoes (which some websites list as size 8).

    Here at the Library, we still honor Carrie’s bona fide as an American Idol and one of the great voices of the season. Thanks and enjoy.

  5. Charlie says:

    I love the variety! I love that you’ve also supplied the links to each song.

    My personal favorite to add is The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “This Time of Year.” It’s cheeky and uplifting!

  6. Yule Blogger Diane K. says:

    You have great musical taste, Charlie.

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