The Art and Business Behind Holiday Songs

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's everywhere in the air right now — at the supermarket, the pharmacy, in elevators, and in streets of cities across the country — not good cheer, but that endless loop of holiday music. Aside from annoying cynics or providing a soundtrack to Norman Rockwell-times around the dinner table, well-worn tunes like "White Christmas" or "Here Comes Santa Clause" mostly mean big business for bands releasing Christmas albums.

Joining us to discuss the art and business behind crafting the perfect holiday song is Drew and Ellie Holcomb, lead singers of Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.


Ellie Holcomb

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Joel Landy from Kew Gardens

An Occupation Christmas joel landy

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[song intro]
At Halloween it's a pumpkin
An apple on 4th of July
George Washington's day -- it's a cherry
There are so many fruit you can try
And now at this holiday season
I hope that you all sing along
You can have your particular reason
To share occ-u-pie with a song . . .

Have an Occupation Christmas
To the people everywhere
Hear the voice of freedom ringing
From Tahrir to Liberty Square

An Occupation Christmas
All the people that you meet
March for economic justice
When they gather in the street

Every city, every nation and democracy event
From the heart and from the people and the ninety nine percent

Enjoy your Occupation Christmas
A world of justice and no fear
Have your vision and your future
And a brave new year!

Dec. 15 2011 10:50 PM
Michelle from NYC

If you've never heard Christmas music played on a saw, check out this Christmas album!-an-angel-sings/id152405591

Dec. 01 2011 07:33 PM
J. Tukuafu

the "holiday" song
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
Shop till you drop
Run to the mall
Charge non-stop.
Sequin Santa sweater
Inflatable yard decor
Costume for the dog
I need more
Cyber Monday specials
12 pc. nativity set
Better get a couple
Not done stopping yet
Nativity set? Nativity set?
Manger? Baby Jesus?
Silent night...holy night..,,
Run! Hurry! After Christmas sales.
364 shopping days till next Christmas
silent and holy night, where.

Nov. 29 2011 10:08 AM
Meredith from Yonkers NY

I pepper sprayed my way
to the front of the line
to get you this X-Box
at Christmastime

Nov. 28 2011 11:55 PM
Kelly from Durham, NC

Well goodness,torino! Why did you click on this link? And why such a scrooge? What would you like to have seen here? Did you feel this way about the topic or the way the story was done?! I'm always baffled by people who knock feel good stories-particularly during tough times. So much great family nostalgia tied up in Christmas music for me. I thought this was QUITE delightful. Thanks to all involved!

Nov. 28 2011 07:02 PM

Oh my dear friends!

This idea is not worth the level of your show. Please occupy your space and our time in a more intelligent way.....

Nov. 28 2011 09:14 AM
Gloria Rinderman from New York

Christmas Eve
Music and Lyrics by Gloria and Richard Rinderman

It's Christ-mas Eve and San-ta's com-ing,
Sled and rein-deer set for flight.
Joy-ous Christ-mas songs I'm hum-ming.
This has al-ways been a spec-ial night.

Just watch the kids;-- they're so ex-cit-ed.
Let's de-cor-ate the tree.
Feel the warmth of fi-re light-ed.
Call our friends to come and see. (repeat verse)

I pray for bet-ter days as this year ends
As I draw my fam-'ly near.
I plan on see-ing old friends
And en-joy the fest-ive at-mos-phere. (repeat line)

© Copyright 1996 Gloria and Richard Rinderman

Nov. 28 2011 09:02 AM
Audrey from lil' Rhody

NPR's Holiday Fund-Drive Carol

we're npr when you listen it's free
you turn on the shows when you trim the tree
cultural guests giving interviews
and a balanced look at the news
Oh ho ho
who wouldn't Do-nate
Oh ho ho
who wouldn't donate
Listener support funds what we do
Isn't it time we heard from you....

Nov. 28 2011 07:47 AM

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