Christmas playlist: The Trendy, the Traditional and the Truly funny
- POSTED: 24 Dec 2013 14:49
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What music is best for getting into the holiday mood? Radio deejays Glenn Ong, The Flying Dutchman, Justin Ang and Joe Augustin share their Christmas favourites.
SINGAPORE: Christmas is just round the corner!
Apart from being a time to mull over what gifts to get for their loved ones, it is also a time for people to celebrate the spirit of giving and be with family.
But what are the ultimate songs that will instantly put even the most resistant Grinches into a Christmassy-mood and a family together during the holiday season?
For Class 95FM deejay Glenn Ong, artistes such as Michael Buble and Mariah Carey are among his picks, with Carey’s "All I Want for Christmas Is You" having a special place in his heart.
"Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', that would be my classic Christmas song, you know.
"Because I like that song in particular so when I hear it being played on the radio I turn it up," said Ong.
Ong said he also finds it a “a nice surprise” to listen to newer artists “doing a little twist on some of the classic Christmas songs” and feels they are " a breath of fresh air".
987FM’s Justin Ang on the other hand, prefers to keep things traditional.
"I like to hear the good ol' songs on the radio, like 'Last Christmas' and 'Jingle Bells'. I'm not a fan of 'new' Christmas songs that I don't recognise.
"I really get into the Christmas spirit when I hear the old classics,” said Ang, going on to recount how he was “forced to sing 'Santa Claus is coming to Town'" before being allowed to open his presents when he was younger.
Holiday season humour
Of course, those who prefer a more light-hearted atmosphere during Christmas could take Class 95FM deejay Joe Augustin's advice, and play some of the more offbeat Christmas-themed songs.
“I think there are too many sad songs for Christmas. I find it very depressing,” lamented Augustin, calling the genre “mopey.”
He recommends songs like Bob River's "Walking ‘Round in Women’s Underwear" - a bizarre song about cross-dressing set to the tune of the holiday classic "Winter Wonderland" - and " Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" by Elmo & Patsy.
For a Christmas song with a dose of local flavour, Culture Vulture's humourous Singlish-laden "Merry Christmas Singapore" is the way to go, he said, though those who are hoping for some Christmas romance might want to stick to more traditional tunes.
"If you’re looking for romance, go with traditional. Let the season take you," said Augustin.
Whatever music you pick, Gold 90.5FM deejay Mark Van Cuylenberg, who is better known as The Flying Dutchman, cautions that it's important not to lose sight of what makes Christmas special.
"The music is there to help maintain a Christmas feel, but it really should be about what Christmas means to you.
"I think a lot of people these days have commercialized Christmas to such a great extent that the meaning of Christmas, it gets very lost."
"Christmas now is about shopping, it’s about parties, it’s not about what it should be about," said The Flying Dutchman
"Christmas is about giving, not about receiving. And when you give, it doesn’t have to be a physical gift," said the deejay, adding that "Christmas is about family".
However, there are times when circumstances keep people away from their family during the holiday season, but The Flying Dutchman believes it doesn't mean Christmas has to be depressing for them.
"I pity anyone who has to be away from family at Christmas time."
"I would suggest if you work, if you are away, try to stay away from the slower tempo songs," said the radio veteran
"You would play songs like maybe 'Jingle Bell Rock', you would play 'Sleigh Ride' which is a little more up tempo. The more upbeat songs would be a little better. "