I’ve been impressed over the years at the fact that Christmas tunes have been respected, as far as keeping their traditional arrangements intact when a newer artist decides to cover them. There’s a Christmas station near where I live, and they’ve been playing new and old Christmas songs. Of course, there are the classics, like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Gene Autry, Andy Williams, etc. that can’t be left out of any Christmas station, but there are also new artists that appear in the mix, like Lady Antebellum, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood, etc. that surprisingly respect the fact that the original arrangements don’t need to be touched. Taylor Swift has done a couple of Christmas tunes, and it didn’t surprise me to find out that, first off they were terrible, of course, but she also put her “teen pop” crap on the arrangements, rather than leaving it the way it should be. The most impressive was Michael Buble, who has resisted his label’s attempt to turn him into a Pop artist. He reminds me SO MUCH of Frank Sinatra. Just his presence, his voice, the way he performs, etc. And, on top of that, he sings the same style of music. So, when he did Christmas songs, it was just like listening to the greats! Aside from people like Mariah Carry, who thought they knew better than the original artists, Christmas tunes STILL are recorded just the way you remember. You can still snuggle with your lover by the fire and get romantic.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-b3iU-INDo – Let It Snow by Frank Sinatra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-10fWHdpmks – Let It Snow by Michael Buble