This holiday season, we're sharing some of the UbiCare (aka UbiCrew) staff's favorite holiday songs with you. Here's why these songs are so special for us.
Listen to the UbiCare holiday playlist here.
OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY SONGS
Jo Charest, Client Success Manager
For raising Christmas spirit, I always get a lift from Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (the Brenda Lee version). My favorite traditional carol is Good King Wenceslas — a story from the life of historical King Wenceslas I, a 10th-century king of Bohemia. It talks of his efforts to go out into deep snow, on a cold night, to give alms to peasants on the Feast of St. Stephen (Dec. 26), while inspiring his freezing page to follow him. His caring spirit and tenacity in the face of personal discomfort inspires me to carry on his legacy of providing for the less fortunate.
Eva Chiang, Special Project Associate
Let It Snow! always gave me a Christmas feeling, even though we have no snow in Taiwan where I grew up.
TJ Hearn, Director of Sales and Business Development
Going back to my childhood and celebrating the holidays at my grandparents' meant listening to Louie Armstrong. I think we could all learn from What a Wonderful World, especially in today's world. Miss you pops!
Now, if you have to go with a purely Christmas song, knowing my family always had the classics on, I would have to go with Frank Sinatra and his rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. A classic Christmas song sung by the classic. Simply, reminding us all to enjoy one another during the holiday season.
Marion Joyce, VP, Operations and Finance
I love Santa Baby and Baby, It's Cold Outside because they're fun, upbeat songs that remind you of the spirit of the season.
Midge Lightbody, Client Success Manager
My family (5 sisters and parents) have not lived in the same cities for many, many years. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas reminds me of how much I miss them at Christmas.
Bill Lindsay, Executive VP of Content / UI / Product
One of my favorites would be Elvis Presley's Santa Claus Is Back in Town. Elvis was way before my generation, but the song is a rockin' classic. More relevant to my generation was its authentic rendering by Robert Plant with Brian Setzer on guitar on Saturday Night Live in the mid 1980s — complete with a quartet of back-up vocalists who mimicked the Jordanaires' original accompaniment for Elvis.
Albert Mowatt, Consultant
I'm slightly addicted to music with powerful choruses, so Carol of the Bells is a song that has always stuck with me. I also enjoy how that piece has been reimagined by many different artists; for example, the Opera of the Bells, by Destiny's Child is one of my holiday favorites.
Jackie Simon, Marketing Manager
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) by Alvin & the Chipmunks, has always made me smile whenever it comes on the radio. It is one of the first cassettes I remember ever receiving from my parents.
Happy Hanukkah by Matisyahu is a song I just learned about. Matisyahu is a really talented artist from my husband's hometown, so I had to add him to the list.
Betsy Weaver, Ed.D., CEO, President and Co-Founder
I added Walking on the Clouds by GoodWill & Corey Chorus. It is produced by GoodWill and MGI, a songwriting and producing duo based in Los Angeles.
Deirdre Wilson, Senior Editor
Song for a Winter's Night by Gordon Lightfoot brings me back to my favorite part of the season — the warmth of a crackling fire, the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree and the glow of candles in the window as snow falls outside.
I've loved Mr. Tanner by Harry Chapin all my adult life. There is a very rich, bass rendition of O Holy Night in that song that will take your breath away.
Debra Zalvan, Executive VP of Marketing
I added Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid and We Are the World by U.S.A. for Africa to the playlist. Boy George, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel ... I love pop stars using their power for good causes and good music. Takes me right back to the ’80s!