Top 5 Christmas songs

I am ridiculously sentimental and have a real weakness for silly and romantic things. Christmas has always been a favourite time of the year, even though it only seems to become more stressful and complicated with time. One thing I really love is a good Christmas song, and so I thought that since this is my blog and these are days of self-indulgence, I would repeat my list of my Top 5 Christmas Songs, which is unchanged since I first posted it back in 2009.

Because I’m older many of these are a little melancholy, but they’re all ones I’ve come to love.

1. Fairy Tale of New York, The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl

This one’s the gold standard in indy Christmas songs. MacColl and McGowan are perfect, even if the story they tell is a sad one.

2. How to Make Gravy, Paul Kelly

Another sad Christmas song. A man calling from prison to make contact with his family. Probably my favourite Australian Christmas song ever.

3. White Wine in the Sun, Tim Minchin

Though this one is a close runner-up. The image of the family drinking white wine in the sun is one that resonates when you live in a place where Christmas Day itself is often blisteringly hot.

4. Happy Xmas (War is Over), John Lennon and Yoko Ono

One of the first great rock/pop Xmas songs, and a Lennon song I like better than “Imagine” these days.

5. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Bruce Springsteen and the (mighty mighty) E Street Band

But most great Xmas songs aren’t sad. Every now and then you have to turn to the hard-rockin’ E Street Band to kick out the jams and party at year’s end.

Episode 620: A Very Coode Street Advent Bonus: M. Rickert

luckygirl.jpegThere’s Christmas and then there’s Krampus. Here at Coode Street, there’s nothing quite like a little bit more, and as a very special holiday bonus Gary sat down with the wonderful M. Rickert to talk about what she’d been reading, what she’d recommend, and her fabulous Krampus tale, Lucky Girl, one of our favourites and perfect for a cold, winter’s night.

As always, our thanks to Mary and hope you enjoy the episode.

Episode 619: And Happy Holidays to all!

And that’s a wrap. Time to hang up the headphones and take a short break. The Coode Street Podcast is going on hiatus for the remainder of 2022 and will return early in 2023.

Just before the Gershwin Room closes for the holidays, though, Gary and Jonathan take a moment to chat about the Advent Calendar, the year just gone, and more.

Doing something like the podcast is a joy and a privilege, so Gary and Jonathan would like to thank everyone who has appeared on the podcast, everyone who has listened to it, and everyone who has supported it in any way.

We’d also like to thank everyone who has appeared on the podcast this year and everyone who has taken the time to listen. It’s a privilege to do this, and we’re grateful. See you next year!

Episode 618: The Coode Street Advent Calendar: Elizabeth Hand

hokuloa.jpgAnd so we come to the final episode of the 2022 Coode Street Advent Calendar. Gary sits down to chat with a dear friend of the podcast, Elizabeth Hand, about what she’s been reading, what she’d recommend, her holiday recommendations, her own classic Christmas story, “Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol“, and her fabulous new novel Hokolua Road.

We’d like to thank Liz for making the time to chat with us, and we hope you enjoy the episode.

Episode 617: The Coode Street Advent Calendar: N K Jemisin

The World We Make Way back in March 2020 we sat down with N.K. Jemisin to talk about her then-new fantasy novel, The City We Became. It was great. Then we had a whole pandemic, so we thought we’d check in to see how things are going. The holidays are literally upon us and Jonathan and Nora chat about what she’s been reading, what she’d recommend, and the sequel to that 2020 novel, The World We Make.

As always, our thanks to Nora. We hope you enjoy the episode.