The week before Christmas, we celebrating our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series.

Your Most Memory-Filled Holiday Songs

Thursday, December 23, 2010

We're wrapping up our week-long Remixing the Holidays series with a question for you: What holiday song most evokes a childhood memory for you? Tell us the name of the song and the memory and we'll feature it on the air on Friday.

Here's what that Doug from Fort Collins, Colo. wants us to play (we will!), as told through our iPhone app:

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Your Holiday Music Picks: The Good, The Bad, and The Barking Song

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It was wafting through pharmacies, gas stations and shopping malls as soon as Halloween was over, and love it or hate it, it won't be going away until all the figgy pudding is consumed and the presents opened. That's right; we're talking about holiday music.

Luckily, there's an impressive spectrum of the stuff performed by a plethora of performers: From Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, to James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, The Ramones, The Ronnettes, and even a wizzened Bob Dylan and an exhuberant Stephen Colbert. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have done "The Little Drummer Boy," and Run-DMC had a hit with "Christmas in Hollis." 

We've been asking people to Remix the Holidays all week, and that includes listeners. Specifically we've been asking for your favorite and least-favorite holiday music. 

You've had plenty to say on all sides of the issue. Here are some more of your responses, via text, phone, and web.

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Remixing the Holidays: Hip Hop Holiday Music

Monday, December 20, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’ll be talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season. We kick things off with Jon Solomon. For over twenty years, Jon — who is Jewish, by the way — has been hosting Princeton University's 24-hour Christmas special on WPRB.

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Your Take: Picking Holiday Songs

Monday, December 20, 2010

Maybe it's Handel's "Messiah," or something by Bing Crosby? Or maybe it's something less conventional, like The Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)." Whatever it is, everybody's got their own pick for the best holiday song. We asked you to weigh in: What's the music you play around this time of year? Old standards, or your own distinct traditions? You had plenty of responses. 

 

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Remixing the Holidays: American Idol's Crystal Bowersox On Her Favorite Christmas Songs

Monday, December 20, 2010

All this week we're talking with musical artists and experts about their favorite seasonal songs for our annual "Remixing the Holidays" series. First up: Crystal Bowersox. The American Idol runner-up had a whirlwind of a year, from earning national acclaim for her appearance and success on the Fox reality show to her recent release of her new album, "Farmer's Daughter." The 25-year-old singer says she'll be spending her first Christmas with her new family, which includes her husband and son. She talks with us about the music that reminds her of Christmas. 

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Remixing the Holidays: Christmas TV Special Songs with Marcy Playground

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

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Your Take: Most Hated and Most Loved Holiday Songs

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We love music on The Takeaway, and we know you do to. So it's no surprise that when we asked, you delivered. A ton of responses this morning to our question: What are your most loved or most hated holiday songs?

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Remixing the Holidays: Dysfunctional Christmas Songs with Augusten Burroughs

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual Remixing the Holidays series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you about the best songs of the season. Today we’re joined by best-selling memoirist Augusten Burroughs. Famous for documenting the absurdity, tragedy, and humor of family dysfunction, his books include “Running with Scissors,” “A Wolf at the Table” and a book of Christmas memories called “You Better Not Cry.”

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Remixing the Holidays: Jazzy Holiday Tunes with Carlos Lando

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

We’re joined by Carlos Lando, DJ and program director for Takeaway affiliate station Jazz89 KUVO in Denver. Carlos shares some of his favorite jazzy Christmas tunes.

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Remixing the Holidays: Christmas Memories with Natalie Cole

Friday, December 24, 2010

It’s the week before Christmas, and as usual, we’re celebrating with our annual “Remixing the Holidays” series. All week long, we’re talking with musicians, music lovers, writers, and you, our listeners, about the best songs of the season.

Our series wraps with nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole, who talks with us about her new Christmas special with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (taped last year, and airing tonight on PBS stations), her father's famous Christmas songs, family memories, and of course, her favorite seasonal music.

 

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