Tonight we're playing a Christmas show at New Slang in Kingston. Feel free to come on down - it's not that far from London, I promise. We're going to be doing some of our songs mixed in with some festive classics, so with that in mind here are, in no particular order, my top ten Christmas songs.
1. Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic AgainSure will Kate, it sure will. How does she do that with her voice? It's like she's falling down a waterfall and then is ordered to sing as low as she can or all her family will die. Also pretty sweet Bing Crosby reference, almost as great as her crimped hair.
2. Joni Mitchell - River
Another powerhouse performance from Joni. There's a deep underlying sadness in her songs, it's like she's never satisfied, always searching. I guess a lot of people feel like that, especially at this time of year. But then there are other people who just think this is a song about ice skating. This fan video below is a nice merging of the two. Also, there's a lovely Jingle Bells reference in the piano part.
3. Paul McCartney - Simply Having A Wonderful Christmastime
I love Paul, he's awesome. He is so overflowing with grins and contentment. This song reminds me of so many great childhood Christmasses, selction boxes and chocolate oranges and my first bike. And, weirdly, brussel sprouts. This video is a bit nuts though, right?
4. John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Meanwhile John was grit and anger and bitterness. That said, this is a ridiculously warm and enchanting song, it makes me feel nothing but joy. P.S. Yoko Ono is marvellous.