This is my favorite song off one of my favorite Christmas albums, A Christmas Gift to You From Phil Spector. Yes, Phil Spector is creepy/a murderer, and yes, I could do without the weird spoken word track from him, but I’m positive this is still the best Christmas album ever recorded.
I love the Mariah Carey version of this song (because I love Mariah and everything she does, of course), but this is the definitive version. We sing this a lot at my family’s house. As you might imagine, it sounds pretty great. This is yet another sad Christmas song. Enjoy it!
Today’s Christmas Jam has some sentimental value to me because it has my boyfriend’s name in the title. Although Run-DMC aren’t actually talking about my boyfriend, you can pretend that they are. I think this is a really romantic song to post on our 6th anniversary, right?
Are you wondering what some of my favorite podcasts are? No? Well, too bad, because I plan to tell you about all of my favorite lady podcasts. Don’t get me wrong; I certainly listen to podcasts that are not hosted by ladies. I’m into all the same podcasts you probably are: This American Life, Sound of Young America, Doug Loves Movies, Comedy Bang-Bang, All Songs Considered, WTF, etc. But since this blog is called Welcome to Ladyville, I’d like to put the spotlight on podcasts hosted by ladies who inspire me, ladies to make me think, and ladies who make me laugh. Right now, I’ve been listening almost exclusively to Professor Blastoff.
Professor Blastoff is hosted by Tig Notaro (who I had the pleasure of seeing in Bloomington earlier this year!), Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger. In every episode, they discuss a theme in the realm of philosophy, science, religion, etc. Usually I actually learn something, which makes me feel like I’m using my commute productively. I have daydreams about, like, learning Italian by using CDs or listening to War and Peace or at the very least listening to NPR stories that aren’t just about food and the mentally ill, so sometimes it’s nice to be able to learn some facts about sleep or aliens or existentialism. Mostly, though, I listen for the laughs. I know it’s very cliched for me to say this, but it really is like having a conversation with your friends. Friends who are also stand-up comedians, and who did some research on a pre-determined topic and have some clips ready to play for you. Tig Notaro seems like a genuinely nice, positive, hard-working lady, and I always finish each episode feeling better than I did before. Now that the Winter Blues have set in, that’s no small feat.
Professor Blastoff is hands-down my favorite podcast, and I’m pretty sure it will be yours, too! Every episode is great, but some of the best are Love, Traditions, Sexual Attraction, and Fate. Or maybe that list just shows the weird things I’m interested in. Either way, the very best episode in my opinion is Creativity, because I love hearing about people’s creative processes, and also Paul F. Tompkins is the guest!
I have a big long list of lady podcasts to cover, but what are some of yours? And do you listen to Professor Blastoff? Let’s chat about it if you decide to check it out! We can talk about how we wish Tig Notaro was our best friend/life coach.
I’ve become obsessed with the tumblr Old Love, which is exactly what it sounds like…pictures of (mostly) celebrities with their old loves. I’ve already learned a lot about romances I never knew existed. These images are some of my favorites, and they’re all equally important to me.
Alex listens to this song all the time, and now it’s one of my favorite Christmas songs, too. Although you can find many other versions, the Donny Hathaway version is the only way to go. Don’t even bother with Ruben Studdard or, God forbid, that scumbag Chris Brown.