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Tinsel Tunes - The Christmas Music Podcast

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The Tinsel Tunes podcast goes into great detail about Christmas music. Full of fun and interesting facts, it will get you into the Christmas Spirit!

Hear about classics, modern songs, songs you love, and even those songs that you dislike. We go deep into the history of Christmas songs, explore the compositions, and play lots of music!
50 Episodes
51: The Christmas Song

51: The Christmas Song


Scott and Duane discuss Nat King Cole's beloved song "The Christmas Song". Cole's Versions we played: The original from 1946 The second from 1946 with strings The 1953 version The definitive 1961 version Notable Versions we played: Mel Torme Michael Bublé The Carpenters Tony Bennett Natalie Cole duet with Nat King Cole Andrea Bocelli with Natalie Cole Genre versions we played: Acapella: Peter Hollens Jazz Sax: Gerald Albright with The Cannonball Band Heavy Metal: Twisted Sister Reggae: Is This Love Country: Teddy Swims Chiptune: 8-Bit Universe String Quartet: The Wedding String Quartet Parody: Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire by Bob Rivers
Scott and Duane discuss Andy Williams' beloved song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from 1963. Notable versions we played: Andy Williams Andy Wiliams and Kathy Triccoli Johnny Mathis Harry Connick, Jr. Barry Manillow Kylie Minogue Idina Menzel Cliff Richard Genre versions of the song we played: Celtic Thunder (Celtic) Brian Setzer Orchestra (Big Band) Pentatonix (Acapella) Brett Eldridge (Country) Ainsworth Rose (Reggae) Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh (Punk) Classless Act (Rock) First to Eleven (Hard Rock) Beegie Adair (Jazz) Silly versions of the song we played: Nasal Recorder (Nose Flute) MDRN (Dubstep Remix) Raxlen Slice (Chiptune) Adam LeFebvre (Barbershop Quartet) Gonzo and Rizzo from 2006 A Green and Red Christmas (Muppets) Here's the Staples "Back to School" commercial referenced in the episode.
This month, Jay and Scott take a deep dive into the song "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". Songs played on this episode: Bach Choir Rondo Arrangement for Fortepiano The Choir Singers (from 1917) Nat King Cole Bing Crosby Ella Fitzgerald Perry Como Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan Metal: August Burns Red Irish Folk: The Irish Rovers Chiptune: Scunison Punk: The Myrrdurers Acapella: Pentatonix Parody: The Restroom Door Said Gentlemen by Bob Rivers Country: The Petersens Rock: First to Eleven Ska: Fayetteville Ska Alliance Dubstep/Trap: Skullee Reggae: The Reggae All-stars Here's the episode of The Sopranos that Jay mentioned.
For half-Christmas, we have a special guest, Duane Bailey, on to discuss the 2002 album "Boogie Woogie Christmas" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Songs from this episode: Jingle Bells Boogie Woogie Santa Claus Winter Wonderland Blue Christmas Santa Claus is Back in Town Baby It’s Cold Outside The Nutcracker Suite The Man with the Bag Sleigh Ride So They Say It’s Christmas O Holy Night The Amens Let it Snow Run Rudolph Run What Are You Doin’ New Year’s Eve Cactus Christmas Santa Drives a Hot Rod Christmas Island
In this episode, Jay and Scott discuss the history of "The Little Drummer Boy" and also go deep into the Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet. They even dig up obscure versions of the song by Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Check out the hilarious Saturday Night Live spoof of the Crosby/Bowie duet with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Versions of the song played in this episode: Julie Andrews Patapan (1975) Trapp Family Singers (1951) Jack Holloran Singers (1957) Harry Simone Chorale (1958) Bing Crosby and David Bowie (1977) Perry Como (1968) Jimi Hendrix (1969) Ray Charles (1985) Ringo Starr (1999) The Kings Singers (2013) Leslie Odom Jr. feat. Mzansi Youth Choir (2020) Hip-hop version by Lauryn Hill (1999) Jazz version by Dave Koz (2001) Country version by Toby Keith (2007) Jamaican Drummer Boy (Reggae version) by Shaggy (2011) Punk version by Sean Quigley (2011) Ska version by Reel Big Fish (2014) Acoustic version by Justin Gambino (2015) Chiptune version by Sara Lopez (2018) Metal version by Ben Dixon (2019) African Tribal Style by Alex Boye ft. Genesis Choir 2015
In this month's episode, we discuss the origins and history of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas".  Check out this Snopes article that fact checks the theory that there is are secret, coded Christian references in the song. Versions played in this episode: Portland Choir and Orchestra Perry Como Roger Whittaker John Denver and the Muppets Ray Conniff Singers Straight No Chaser Pentatonix Jacob Miller (reggae style)  Mob Vibe (trap style) Relient K (pop/punk style) Sara Evans (country style) Goldfinger (ska/punk style) Parody versions played: Twisted Sister Bob and Doug McKenzie Allan Sherman Bob Rivers (The Twelve Pains of Christmas) Jeff Foxworthy (The Twelve Redneck Days of Christmas)
45: Carol of the Bells

45: Carol of the Bells


This month, Scott and Jay discuss the history of "Carol of the Bells". Versions of the Song Featured in this Episode: The Tabernacle Choir The Crimean Chamber Choir (Shchedryk) Corey Lennox (Major Key) Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians Roger Wagner Chorale Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm Robert Shaw Chorale Southern Raised (Country) Dylan Johnson (Reggae) August Burns Red (Metal) Aubrey Logan (Scat Jazz) Skatune Network (Ska-Core) The Regulars Band (Kittystyle) PocketsUke (Kazookalele) Bethel University Department of Music (Handbell) Capital Kings (Dubstep) Nate Maelz & StickyBeats (Trap) Rush Coil (Chiptune) Lindsey Sterling (Violin) The Piano Guys John Williams (from Home Alone) Kenny Rogers Andra Day Straight No Chaser (Acapella) Trans-Siberian Orchestra
44: Jingle Bells

44: Jingle Bells


This month, Jay and Scott dive deep into the history of "Jingle Bells". Songs Featured in this Episode: Tom Rouch The Edison Male Quartet Benny Goodman Orchestra Glenn Miller Orchestra Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters Les Paul Don Charles (Dogs Barking Jingle Bells) Gemini 6 Broadcast from Space Dean Martin Frank Sinatra Ella Fitzgerald Michael Bublé Don Carlos and Glenice Spencer Sex Pistols The Ventures The Brian Setzer Orchestra Gwen Stefani Barbra Streisand Smokey Robinson and The Miracles Dolly Parton Johnny Cash Straight No Chaser
43: Snoopy's Christmas

43: Snoopy's Christmas


This week, Jay and Scott listen to and discuss the song “Snoopy’s Christmas” by The Royal Guardsmen. Songs Featured in this Episode: Snoopy’s Christmas by the Royal Guardsmen The Story of Snoopy's Christmas (Intro) Snoopy vs. The Red Baron Squeaky vs. The Black Knight Return of the Red Baron Cover songs featured in the episode: Smash Mouth Nothin' Fancy The Hainings Sonic's Christmas by ChadGhostal1995 Crisis Crayons Fogbone James Beck Jingle Punx Rich Chambers
Hello everyone! This month, we will look at the song "Silent Night" with Scott and Jay from the Jingle Jank Podcast. Make sure you listen to the whole episode for a very special surprise! Here are the versions of "Silent Night" we played in this episode: Matthew Green's Orchestral Rainbow Stevie Nicks Boyz II Men Bing Crosby Elvis Presley Andy Williams The Temptations The Carpenters Mariah Carey Josh Groban Michael Bublé Justin Bieber Kelly Clarkson (feat. Trisha Yearwood & Reba McEntire) Pentatonix Deliverance The Impressions Kylydian Huey "Piano" Smith John Denver and the Muppets
In this episode we'll look at the song "Oh come, all ye faithful". This is the "missing" episode from October, the audio was recovered from a dodgy recording and came out pretty good. There are lots of listener's versions in this episode.
In this episode, we'll look at some favorite Country Christmas Songs from our listeners and some other Christmas Podcast hosts. This episode is filled to the brim with music! This episode's top 5 list comes from long time listener Liz Asphodel, and we'll find out what her 5 favorite Country Christmas songs are as I'll read out what these songs mean to her. After that we'll hear no less than 12 songs that listeners, hosts, and I like. We'll close out the episode with another chapter of "The Christmas Carol" recorded from vinyl. Liz's list: 5. It Must Have Been the Mistletoe (Barbara Mandrell 1983) 4. Blue Christmas Lights (Buck Owens and His Buckaroos 1965) 3. Happier Holidays (Sarah Morris 2018) 2. If We Make it Through December (Merle Haggard 1973) 1. Honky Tonk Christmas (Alan Jackson 1993) Honorable Mention: Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas (John Denver 1975) Other Songs Featured: Scott Leopold, Holly Jolly X'masu podcast: Red Sovine - Billy's Christmas Wish (Faith In Santa) B2 (Christmas With Red Sovine) Gerry Davilla, Totally Rad Christmas podcast: Willie Nelson - Pretty Paper Kenny and Dolly - Winter Wonderland Tim Babb, Can’t wait for Christmas podcast: Kenny Rogers - Children, Go Where I Send Thee (feat. Home Free) Alonso Duralde, author of Have yourself a movie little Christmas: Tennessee Ernie Ford Listener Brian McGlin: Christmas in Dixie by Alabama Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter podcast: Merry Christmas From The Family by Montgomery Gentry
Hi listeners and welcome to Season 4, episode 1.In this episode, we'll recap the past month as a bit has happened. We'll also deep dive in to the song "Once in a Royal David's City". I ask for help with next month's episode and get to listen to another chapter on The Christmas Carol from vinyl.  Links to music used in the episode: Kings College Cambridge 2018 Kings College Cambridge 2008 Mathew Green's Orchestral Rainbow version
Welcome to July's episode! In this episode, I'll talk about the song "Up on the House Top". We'll take a quick listen to a listener's suggestion from last month's song, "The Friendly Beasts". We touch on an idea for next month's 3rd birthday episode. We close the episode out with another snippet of The Christmas Carol as recorded from vinyl.
Hi listeners! Just a short episode this month. In this episode, we'll look at one of the oldest Christmas songs, "The Friendly Beasts". We'll also listen to chapter two of the "A Christmas Carol" record from my collection.
Welcome back to Tinsel tunes with our first episode of 2021. It's great to be back! This month I look at the two Number 1 Christmas songs from Cliff Richard, "Mistletoe" and "Wind and Saviour's Day". - The Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas episode with Scott and Jay of the Jingle Jank podcast. Links to audio on listen to on Youtube: Dennis Waterman - I Could Be So Good For You Val Doonican - The Christmas Song Other versions of these songs: Carola Søgaard and Christer Sjögren - Juletid Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Mistletoe and Wine Gregorian Chant - Mistletoe and Wine Just in Case - Mistletoe and Wine Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day Official Video Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day (Official Video) - YouTube Chris Eaton - Saviour's Day
Hi everyone, it’s great to be back! In this episode, we’ll look at the song "Frosty the Snowman". We’ll also hear about a new Christmas Podcast called "Behind the Bells" and you’ll hear how Christmas was used to save my Christmas. (It will make sense once you listen). Behind the Bells Townshend Lights display videos (will updated with new videos over the next couple of days) on YouTube: The definitive Directory of Christmas Podcasts on Christmas Past: Christmas Clatter:
This month, we look at other versions of the music used in the movie "Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas". We also look at a Halloween song suggested by listener Benji Pearson. The song is a mash up from the songs "Come Little Children" and "The Hanging Tree": I'll also show you an other music podcast called Strong Songs A portion of the episode you'll hear is the episode Making Christmas This is Halloween Broken Peach Leo Moracchioli Voiceplay Marilyn Manson Pellekoofficial Youtuber Claudia Making Christmas Pentatonix Rise Against NateWantstoBattle What’s This? Fall out Boy Flyleaf Natewantstobattle Youtuber pellekoofficial Voiceplay
Hello listeners! In this episode, we’ll look at the song "Hark the Herald Angels Sing". Also, do you want to find out what other Christmas podcasts are out there? Then listen to Todd from Christmas Clatter Podcast’s recent episode here to find out who they are. Would you like to know all about the new Christmas music coming out for the 2020 season? Listen to Rikki from Sleighbells and Mistletoe Podcast as she talks to JJ from Christmas Music News and hear everything you need to know. and follow JJ on his Twitter account.
Happy Birthday to us! This episode marks 2 years of Tinsel Tunes! In this episode, I’ll look at the song "Winter Wonderland". I also tell you about three, yes three, new Christmas podcasts: Feliz Christmas Merry Navidad Jingle Jank Podcast A Cozy Christmas Podcast Also birthday wishes from: Brian from Christmas Past Tim from Can’t Wait for Christmas Podcast Chris and Kris from Christmas Time in the City Podcast Adam from Merry Britsmas Podcast Todd from Christmas Clatter Podcast Gerry from Total Rad Christmas Podcast Art from A Cozy Christmas Podcast
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