Monday, November 23, 2009

New Songs - Owl City, Christmas Music From John Lennon & More

Between the holiday season and the appearance of great new songs on the charts, we've got lots of updates for you this week.  Our new songs include recent releases from Owl City, Train and the Fray, as well as Christmas music from John Lennon, Peggy Lee and Third Day.

A blend of holiday inspired optimism, political protest and general goodwill towards men, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" has outlived its association with the Vietnam war to become a Christmas classic.  Written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1971, and recorded with the help of legendary producer Phil Spector and the Harlem Community Choir, the song was also re-released in 1980 and is thought to be have been a "secret" number one hit in the UK (the UK charts did not report a #1 record for the week of Jan. 3rd, 1981, but it is widely believed that if they had, "Happy Xmas" would have been it).  The song features a catchy simple and uplifting chorus, festive glockenspiel, and a wonderful Christmas message, making it one of pop music's most enduring contributions to the canon of holiday music.

While world peace is a certainly something everyone should keep in mind at Christmas, most of us are probably more concerned with presents.  So, for everyone that's dreaming of yachts, cars and cash, there's "Santa Baby". Originally recorded in 1953 by Eartha Kitt, the song, with its emphasis on Chrismas's more indulgent side, has also become a favorite among today's glamorous pop stars, such as Madonna and Kylie Minogue.  The arrangement here stays faithful to Kitt's original jazzy arrangement.

Of course, it isn't quite Christmas yet and there's still a lot of great non-holiday-related music being released, such as the new electronic pop hit by Owl City, "Fireflies".  The song hit #1 on the US charts earlier this month, and with its synth heavy arrangement and heartfelt vocal line, it should also be a hit on your keyboard.

Of course, there's more where that came from - keep reading for a full list of new songs.

Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt

Happy Holiday - Peggy Lee

Manger Throne - Third Day with Derri Daugherty & Julie Miller

Time for Miracles - Adam Lambert

Fireflies - Owl City

Never Say Never - The Fray

Hey, Soul Sister - Train

- Doug