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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Some Jose Before Another Monday Morning

This is the Christmas song I love most. When you're a little Jewish kid, you might not have as much exposure to the wide range of celebratory song, but this one I adored. "Feliz Navidad" by Puerto-Rican singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano. This song just makes me feel young inside. Maybe you feel that way too.

And here's a more recent version. Super awesome.

Last summer, The Boy and I were privileged enough to hear Jose sing his famous and wonderful, personal version of "The Star Spangled Banner" before a baseball game at AT&T Park. If you've never heard it (and obviously this has nothing to do with Christmas), you should take a listen. I was so surprised to learn that this was controversial when he first sang it in 1968:

And then while looking for a video of Feliz Navidad to share here, I found his cover of "My Sweet Lord." Normally I never want to hear anyone cover the Beatles. Especially my George.

I like his version. I'm okay with it. See what you think.

But now I miss the Man. I guess I can only be so flexible.

This clip is from the Concert for Bangladesh which, if you haven't seen it, is a great concert film. Now I'm getting all teary-eyed. Such great music.


rochambeau December 21, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

Happy Hanukkah Tango Baby!
hope you are feeling well.
The other night I heard a Spanish woman sing Felize Navidad. I hadn't heard this song for along time. You are right. It is a very pretty song. There is something joyful in the tune I think!


Char December 21, 2008 at 8:12 PM  

Happy Hanukkah!! I've always loved Jose - great song choices

Silliyak December 21, 2008 at 8:19 PM  

I got a case of the ear worms the other night when I heard a deli worker sing "Police took my car, police took my car" to the tune of Felize Navidad. It was just about gone when I read this post.

Ron December 21, 2008 at 8:21 PM  

Love Feliciano singing anything...

Have you seen the Concert for George. It will bring more tears to your eyes. He wrote so many good songs

Yoli December 21, 2008 at 9:26 PM  

Tango baby Happy Hanukkah!! We are a multi-faith household and I enjoy that song very much.

vicki archer December 21, 2008 at 11:17 PM  

I love Jose, always have - all time, all time fave, 'Light my Fire'. thank you for the reminder I will be downloading Feliz Navidad for my play list this week. Happy holidays and all good things for 2009, xv.

blueheron December 22, 2008 at 4:50 AM  

What a lovely way to start the day, some Jose and some Java. My roommate and I had a little sing-along.

Happy holidays!

Travel Writer December 22, 2008 at 5:09 AM  

loved that song. Merry Christmas

Genna December 22, 2008 at 5:27 AM  

Ha ha...silly me! When I saw the title of the post I thought it was going to be about Tequila. LOL...guess you now know how I would like to spend my Sunday night!

Bill Stankus December 22, 2008 at 5:31 AM  

Sorry to disagree, Lennon was the only one of the four that mattered (musically). Ringo and George were competent. Paul was pop.

I've heard, it was a concert at the Cow Palace and LSD that changed everything.

robinbird December 22, 2008 at 8:20 AM  

happy Hanukkah is in order today! and happy-getting-out-of-your-pejays-getting-dressed-for-work-day too! i bet you look cute :)

d i a n a m u s e December 22, 2008 at 8:33 AM  

Oh, TB. You make my heart sing. Now I've a hankering to spend lunchtime with The Traveling Wilburys.

Wishing you a luverly week ahead.

mrs. sarah ott December 22, 2008 at 9:08 AM  

i love the music tangobaby! happy chanukkah AnD merry christmas and happy solstice and happy new year.

Christina December 22, 2008 at 9:25 AM  

I haven't heard Jose in so long. It brings back wonderful memories. ; )


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Gabby December 22, 2008 at 10:30 AM  

Big ups from your mishpucha! In my rough and tumble neighborhood in San Jose years ago we used to sing a version we called, "Police Navidad."

GreatLondonPubs December 22, 2008 at 11:22 AM  

all in all you did well buddy carry on

Brook December 22, 2008 at 1:31 PM  

I found the brouhaha over the Jose version of the National Anthem rather interesting considering some of the crackpots they get to perform it these days. Thanks for that one more thing to ponder the rest of my day!

Silliyak December 22, 2008 at 2:08 PM  

Better yet, if someone asks us "Do you know the way to Some Jose?" we can say YES (or Si!)

My Castle in Spain December 22, 2008 at 2:44 PM  

oh sweetie...i'm all teary-eyed too!
My sweet lord is one my fave songs ever...

HAPPY HANUKKAH dear one....!

(it's 11.30pm here...we just had a glass of wine. Your post made me dance and monchéri played his harmonica because really this Concert for Bangladesh just makes one happy !! thank you thank you !)

My Castle in Spain December 22, 2008 at 2:50 PM  

i'm so in love with this post i just had to make a link on my blog !

willow December 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM  

Feliz Feliciano!! Great post. Love him.

Johanna December 22, 2008 at 6:21 PM  

We sing Feliz Navidad incessantly during our National InChoir rounds at hospitals. It IS a lot of fun to sing, AND it really cheers everyone up.

Happy Holidays TB

[Oh dreidle, dreidle, dreidle...]

XxEverything happens for a reasonxX December 22, 2008 at 7:46 PM  

I have to say i do love "Feliz Navidad " by Jose Feliciano as wel..is just a very lovely song...thanks for sharing the video to us...
Happy Holidays!

Octavine Illustration December 22, 2008 at 7:51 PM  

Chanukkah Sameach!
love the clips....
and as a little jewish girl growing up in new mexico, feliz navidad was always my favorite as well. although the latin version of come all ye faithful i find to be most festive and old world romantic. have alovely second night of chanukkah!~

Mélanie January 6, 2009 at 12:58 AM  

Hope you had a great hannukah with this fabulous christmas song in the backgroung ! I love this song ! One of my parent is jewish and the other one is catholic so I was raised "with the 2 religions"