Feliz Navidad: A Christmas Playlist En Español
We here at Rocks Off love our Christmas music, except when we don't. Seriously, big box retailer and car commercials? Why must you always try to force the Christmas spirit on us a full two weeks before Thanksgiving? But then, about a week before the big day, when it is totally appropriate to do so, we get really hooked.
photo by Marco Torres Navidad en el Barrio
Personally, this member of Rocks Off has been a bit of a grinch these last several years. But in an attempt to turn away from our Scrooge-like ways, we'd like to offer an alternative list of Christmas songs that you can play while visiting family, opening presents, or eating an unhealthy amount of tamales.
This is probably the most well known cancion de Navidad. It was written and recorded by Jose Feliciano in 1970, and since then, everyone from The Three Tenors to David Hasselhoff have given us their rendition. The version above is Jorge and Alexa Narvaez, who wowed us earlier in the year with a cover of Edward Sharpe's "Home".
We love this song. You can hear the heartbreak in Jose Alfredo's voice as he tells his woman to get to steppin' because he doesn't want to start off the new year with someone who causes him so much pain.
Arbolito De Navidad
Add a little mariachi music to your holiday party, and it becomes a fiesta. This ode to the Christmas tree was apparently written by Gloria Estefan, but then wonderfully redone as a huapango.