Tonight, a little misdirection with our three tunes. It’s not all that complicated. You’ll get the hang of it quickly enough.
The first one sounds like “Oye Como Va” but really is …
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Gary Chapman, from “Christmas on the Border,” 1994.
This album by a bunch of Nashville session musicians is described as “a spicy holiday recipe of Texas blues, hot country and Mexican salsa” but doesn’t quite live up to that billing. That said, it’s pleasant enough. Chapman — perhaps best known as Amy Grant’s ex … or a Christian music performer … or a TNN talk-show host — is the biggest name and has the best tune.
The second one sounds like “La Bamba” but really is …
“Feliz Navidad,” Los Straitjackets, from “‘Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets!”, 2002.
This is a fun album from those surf-rock instrumentalists in the Mexican wrestling masks. I thought about putting up another tune that sounds like “Pipeline,” but figured you didn’t want to hear “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” again, at least today.
The third one sounds like “In the Mood” but really is …
“Gettin’ in the Mood (for Christmas),” the Brian Setzer Orchestra, from “Dig That Crazy Christmas,” 2005.
In which Brian and the lads abscond with Glenn Miller’s classic ’40s swing piece and make it into a holiday tune that works. Especially when you see them live, as I have three times. All three shows have been much the same, but how often do you get to see a big band with a charismatic front man, glamorous girl singers and a horn section with a big sound? Highly recommended if they come to your town.
Enjoy. More to come.