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Spotify Playlist: Holiday Hits

December 17, 2018

For our final playlist of the semester, members of the campus community share their favorite holiday tunes, and why they love them.

Sarah Mancini-Goebert, liturgy and music coordinator for the Office of Campus Ministry, said her all-time favorite holiday song is “Sleigh Ride,” performed by the Boston Pops.

“It brings me pure joy every time I listen to it. Musically it has so many layers to it- the trombones are my favorite part of the arrangement,” she said.

Also on her list is the Barenaked Ladies/Sarah McLachlan mash-up of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “We Three Kings.” That’s one Karen Costantini, events and registration coordinator, agrees on, adding that she loves the harmonies in the song.

Kristin Anderson, coordinator for institutional accreditation, went for laughs with her choice.

“Definitely not my favorite, but one that makes me laugh every time because it’s so ridiculous is ‘Dominic the Donkey,’” Anderson said.

Jill Rathbun, executive assistant in the Office of Financial Affairs, and Kelly Eldred, executive assistant in the Division of Enrollment Management, both cast a vote for “All I Want for Christmas.” Eldred loves Mariah Carey’s version, saying that it brings back happy memories including a trip to Niagara Falls with her brother and sister-in-law. For Rathbun, the Vince Vance and the Valiants rendition evokes similar emotions.

“I don’t really want anything for Christmas as long as I have my family together. So the words in this song are how I feel,” Rathbun explained. “I love to buy gifts for my family and just want to sit back and watch their faces as they open up their gifts.”

Dr. Tara Sacco, visiting assistant professor in the School of Nursing, said her hands-down favorite is “Merry Christmas Baby” by Bruce Springsteen. A self-described “Bruce fan,” Sacco said that no matter the month, if E Street Radio on SiriusXM plays that song, she has to listen (and she has a strict “No Christmas until after Thanksgiving” rule.)

Michelle Erklenz-Watts offered three songs for the list: “White Christmas,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “Silent Night,” particularly the renditions by Ronnie Watts and Lemarroy. If you’re wondering about the same last name, it’s no coincidence. Ronnie is Michelle’s daughter.

Hear these songs and more below or visit Fisher’s Spotify channel.