A Quiet, Indie Christmas playlist

A Quiet, Indie Christmas playlist

I love music. Always have. Always will.

When I was in the 5th grade we moved to Oklahoma late in the school year. It was hard for me moving away from my Mimmie, Poppa and the rest of my family and it was hard to make good friendships having gotten thrown in the mix in late February. It was a lonely summer.

I think because she felt sorry for my Momma bought me a pair of roller skates and gave me my very first stereo. The skating didn’t stick, but I fell in love with the stereo. It was silver, heavy and it had these awesome bright blue lit up panels. I used the heck out of it. I didn’t have my own collection of music at the time, so I listened to Bette Midler, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello – all tapes that had made the trip across the house to also  sit on my desk.

Soon after my dad was in the heat of negotiating a new car at the Nissan house. A salesman pulled me to the side and asked what I had on my Walkman. I proudly showed him my yellow REM tape (Automatic for the People). We sat in a red Nissan Sentra and he shared with me as much of his favorite music as we had the time for (PS my dad negotiates for cars like he’s putting in a full working day). I left with the Blind Melon “No Rain” single in my Walkman and a list of tapes I needed to save up for.

That young guy in a cheap suit tying to make a living and just as bored out of his mind as me gave me my introduction into indie music. I’ve always been appreciative of that. Since it’s the genre of music that I most love, I’m sharing a Christmas compendium of my favorite quiet indie Christmas carols. Enjoy my indie Christmas playlist!


Carol of the Bells The Bird and the Bee

All I Want is Truth (for Christmas) The Mynabirds

Get Down for the Holidays by Jenny O

It’s Christmas by Coconut Records

Snow Down Kensington Prairie

Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus The Killers

Christmas Don’t Be late Catwalk

It’s Christmas Time Yo La Tengo

Amazing Grace Jeff Buckley

Special thanks for the free blog bling! paper texture (Animus), font (a Beautiful Mess) , antlers divider (I Rock So What)

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  1. says

    Thank you! I have already had more than enough of the traditional Christmas music and I really needed this. I have a small collection of other Christmas music that I play as an antidote. Over the Rhine is one of my favourite bands and their album The Darkest Night of the Year is something I play when I couldn't carol less. (Ha ha. One of their little jokes.) Also Shawn Colvin's Holiday Songs and Lullabies. Thanks again.

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