Jingle all the way! Pete Selby shares his favourite festive tunes 🎄🎵

The frenzy of activity that is Christmas planning is nearly at its peak….

Rushing around with friends and family, there are so many dilemmas - where to go, who to see, what to buy, what not to buy…!

It can also be a tricky time for managing our finances.

Many companies pay staff earlier than usual in December, and for those of us using credit, we have that very long month between being paid and needing to pay the bill.

I often hear friends and family comment that they have ‘too much month left at the end of their money’ when it comes to January, so it needs careful planning (which is why I’ve included one of my favourite Deacon Blue songs – Wages Day – in my music list. But for that, read on!)…

For me, though – as for so many others - this season is also invariably associated with the constant push of festive music on the radio, which seems to start earlier each year.

As a lad growing up in the 70’s I listened in awe to my grandparents’ Radiogram (remember those!?) at Christmas time.

And when my dad brought home a Sanyo Music Centre (complete with a cassette player with Dolby!, a record deck and FM Radio) in 1977, my interest in music at Christmas time and beyond was truly born.

From John Denver to The Carpenters, Johnny Mathis to Abba and Nat King Cole we were never short of memorable melodies and harmonies, all on vinyl (that seems to now be worth a fortune – I wish I’d hung onto those as an investment!).

But it was always the Christmas songs that I remember most.

And so I bring you my own personal Christmas playlist formed from the influences of my youth and beyond. 

Listen to the playlist

It won’t be to everyone’s taste, I’m sure, but these are some of the tunes and songs that I’ll be playing on Christmas Day with my family.

As a flautist I had to add in my favourite James Galway festive piece in Silent Night - I hope you get as much pleasure from it as I do. 

And it’s fair to say that I don’t own any vinyl containing Michael Buble… that’s what Spotify is for these days…!

Enjoy the music –  here's the link to my playlist again.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, wealthy and prosperous New Year.

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Posted by Peter Selby

Topics: Lifestyle

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