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