The holidays are gone. I have mixed feelings. I love my family but there is always an underlying feeling of melancholy during that time of year and a sense of relief now that it's over. Presents - check. Tree - check. Lights - check. I do have a whole lot to be thankful for but then again something seemed to be missing. When that sinking feeling starts to inch it's way in I turn to Christmas music to keep those dark thoughts at bay. Not your traditional tunes but mostly quirky covers and irreverent originals. "Frosty The Snowman" and "Winter Wonderland" by Cocteau Twins gets me in a better mood as well as The Kink's "Father Christmas" and "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues. The Ramone's "Merry Christmas I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight" always makes me laugh and The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" is an 80s Classic. I'll add more tunes like this to the list for next year.
I'm originally from NYC and worked in the music business and experienced the height of "hipsterism". I now reside in LA where I continue to live a rapidly aging hipster life and love it.