So in 2009 Dylan recorded a Christmas album and everyone’s (who cared) jaws dropped open. But it was really such a Dylan thing to do. Me, I was always happy he did that because what’s better than two things you like separately? Two of them combined. (Somebody needs to come up with chocolate flavored comic books.)
“Silver Bells” by Bob Dylan
Album: Christmas in the Heart
Category: Christmas playlist
Why it rocks:
I love getting ready for Christmas: shopping, cleaning, worrying about who to invite, you name it, I don’t mind. And this is a song which captures so well the feeling of Christmas in the city, rather than in some imaginary idyllic cottage in snow-covered woods. It’s an idyllic city though: it makes this time sound restful rather than full of berserk last-minute shoppers who curse one another in the mall parking lot.
And Dylan’s rendition makes the song sillier and more fun in the “anyone can sing” spirit. As someone who’s always the worst caroller, no matter what group I’m in, I really appreciate that.
Favorite bit of lyrics:
“Strings of street lights, even stop lights / Blinkin’ bright red and green / As the shoppers rush home with their treasures.” So visual.
Just the carelessness of his voice throughout.
Best for: A restful cup of cocoa after a whole day of frantic pre-Christmas pushing through a crowd of shoppers with their treasures.
Sidenote: I can only talk about a small selection of my Christmas favorites but “Must Be Santa” is totally on the playlist too.