You know one of the things I love most about this blog? All that great stuff I learn from YOU! *clap clap*
First, for everyone including myself longing for a good Spanish-language replacement song for Feliz Navidad, my dear friend Lyn writes:
This Sunday (December 18), my co-host on “Los Vientos del Pueblo” is featuring alternative Christmas songs from Latin America and Spain. I won’t be there this week but he has found many, many more to replace “Feliz Navidad.” Anyone who’s interested can listen to the program online, livestreamed, at http://www.wrpi.org from 2-6 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, December 18. That would be 11 am-3 pm your time. The Christmas song segment will run in the last half of the program; the first half is a tribute to Spanish/Catalan singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat.
So, MYWTMousers, get ready for some awesome Christmas music on Sunday!
I have also learned a great deal about Adam Sandler’s Chanukah song. For starters, my friend noted that Neil Diamond did a cover of the song, and suggested my dislike of the song might be Adam Sandler himself, not the actual song. Well I’m pleased to say that I looked up the Neil Diamond version, and…it is eleventy billion times better than the original. Which shouldn’t be surprising to me, because I just dislike Adam Sandler in general. So much like Madonna’s version of Santa Baby, my dislike of this song may very well be limited to Sandler’s original version.
Although a note on Madonna’s Santa Baby, another reader let me know that Michael Buble did a version called Santa Buddy. Not really being a Buble fan, I had to go look it up and oh my god, I will never be able to unhear that. Michael Buble may have just supplanted Maddona in Worst Version, and that was a pretty high bar, ladies and gentlemice. A pretty high bar.
I guess we’ll have to wait until next year to see.
Anyway, friend Lyn also points out:
In its various versions, it still remains the favorite song of my seventh graders who take pride in the naming of the Jewish celebrities. Adam Sandler is a major reason why my students today (and for the past ten years) say that among their peers being Jewish is considered “cool.”
So seriously–I can’t too harshly diss any song that makes seventh graders feel proud of their heritage, because seventh grade SUCKS and if that’s a positive message, then yay! And apologies to any seventh grade Jews I may have offended.
I’m going to guess they don’t prefer the Neil Diamond version.
But I still hate Adam Sandler.
Lyn also pointed out that Sandler has updated the song since the original. I was able to find Parts 2 and 3.
Part 3, and I love the kid’s choir in this one:
And on a side note, it’s crazy the kind of stuff you find on Youtube.
Anyway, I’ll admit I giggled at some parts of 2 and 3.
Curse you, sharp-eyed readers!!! Life was so much easier when I just hated one song!