NOTE: Due to exams, I am pre-writing all my posts this week to make sure I hit those deadlines. All pre-written posts automatically post on midnight on the day of release.
Yes, I’m doing another iTunes Store type of post for my first Apple iStore Thursdays, but iTunes is an iStore too, don’t forget that.
Why another iTunes post for Apple iStore Thursdays? Because, when I decided to pre-write today’s post (I’m currently writing this on Sunday evening), the topic came up on my Twitter feed from American Idol Season 7 finalist Brooke White’s Twitter (@realbrookewhite) about American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) having a voice for Christmas music. Which is great, because he already has one out, called Christmas From The Heart. I think David could make a large number of Christmas albums over the years, because his voice is made for this incredible music. What follows is my ideal David Archuleta Christmas album, what tracks it would contain, and why those particular tracks.
- Christmas Wishes – One of the most obscure Christmas songs ever written, it was originally sung by Anne Murray on her 1981 album of the same name (I talked about it on my Tuesday post, so check that out). It’s never, ever been covered by anyone else before now, but if there is anyone who can handle this song in the music biz now, it’s David Archuleta.
- Stille Nacht – While David did perform Silent Night on Christmas From The Heart, he actually did what many in the music industry do with this song: Play it safe. He used the English translation of Stille Nacht, the original poem’s title in German, for the first verse. Hopefully the next time it’ll be Stille Nacht for the first verse, and English for the other verses.
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon’s one and only Christmas song, it would be so appropriate for David Archuleta to cover this one, because he so masterfully covered John Lennon’s “Imagine” on American Idol Season 7. He could really breathe new life into this chestnut.
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting Over An Open Fire) – Speaking of chestnuts, this Nat King Cole song could also be covered by David, and because David has such a clear, crisp, refreshing voice, I think he could knock this sucker out of the park.
- Blue Christmas – Brooke White (whom I have mentioned before) also covered this song, and while David also covered an Elvis song during his time on Idol (Love Me Tender), he could really cover this one without inviting comparisons to Elvis.
- Christmas in California – A Brooke White original, I’d actually like to hear David’s take on this fantastic song, and possibly a Brooke White cameo? Maybe? Please?
- It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For The Broken Hearted) – Roxette’s most famous song, very well-known as “that awesome song from Pretty Woman”, was actually originally written as “Christmas For The Broken Hearted”, and repurposed for the Pretty Woman soundtrack with a simple lyric change from Christmas to winter. It was Roxette’s third #1 hit in the US, and it is without doubt one of my very favorite songs ever (being a gigantic Roxette fan too). If you want to cover a Roxette song and not accidentally incur the wrath of millions of Roxette fans worldwide (like the cover of “Listen To Your Heart” a few years back), at least give it to a decent guy and a fabulous artist with a delightful singing voice, right?