Pretty Good Year

"[...] But gifts are not the most important thing about Christmas anyway. Since we can no longer celebrate Christmas as generously and wastefully as in the past, perhaps we will remember even more its spiritual nature. Instead of giving outward gifts to our family, friends, and community, today we will express our love to one another and our faith in all that holds us together. We long for a golden bridge to extend to all those whom we love across the distant reaches, countries, oceans, and continents."

- Joseph Goebbels, Großdeutscher Rundfunk, Christmas Eve 1941 (translation by Randall Bytwerk)

Burned all my notebooks, what good are notebooks?
They won't help me survive
My chest is aching, burns like a furnace,
The burning keeps me alive

- Talking Heads, "Life During Wartime", 1979


Odetta: Mary Had a Baby
Megan Kelly & Carl Higbie: Precedent, 11/16/16  
Elizabeth Veldon: The Early Christian Communities Refused the Phallic Symbol of the Crucifix
Saccharine Trust: A Christmas Cry
Prurient: Christ Among the Broken Glass
Diamond Galás: Were You There When They Crucified My Lord
Michael Jones: Carol of the Bells
Max Riebl: Corpus Christi Carol
George Winston: Minstrels
Laura Nyro: Christmas in my Soul
Kara Kondo: Singing Christmas Carols to a Camp Guard (via densho.org, oral history archives)
Patti Smith: O Holy Night (Live in Rome, Christmas 2013, Drop of Life Foundation Benefit)
Carpenters: Little Altar Boy
Libera: Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Ryuichi Nakamoto: Prayer
arrangement for women’s choir by Jeff Smallman: Noël Nouvelet
Hammock: Longest Year
Tori Amos: Pretty Good Year
Odetta: Glory Hallelujah (Live at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, NYC, April 13, 2008; Garrison Institute’s “Satyagraha: Gandhi's 'Truth Force' in the Age of Climate Change”)


David Sylvian: Praise
David Hyde/ The Harmonic Choir: Two Poles; Ascent
Collegium Vocale, Dir. Philippe Herreweghe: Remember Not, Lord, Our Offenses (H. Purcell)
Nine Inch Nails: Leaving Hope
Psychic TV: Always is Always
Andreas Scholl: When I Am Laid In Earth (H. Purcell)
Old Man Gloom: Christmas Eve Parts I, II, and III (Alt. Version)
David Hyde/ The Harmonic Choir: Ascending and Descending
Libera: Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep (solo: Tom Cully)
The Hilliard Ensemble: O Maria Virginei
Prurient: Greenpoint
David Hyde/ The Harmonic Choir: Arc Descents
Psychic TV: Prayer for Derek
The Durutti Column: Prayer
Ensemble Leszczynski, Geoffroy Vançon, Clémence Petit & Thomas Joly: Requiem for the Living: 1. Introit - Kyrie (D. Forrest)
Kate Bush: One Last Look Around the House Before We Go
Kate Bush: Lake Tahoe
Lumina Vocal Ensemble: Coventry Carol
David Bazan: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Perfume Genius: Never Did


Max Richter: Winter 2 (A. Vivaldi, M. Richter)
Psychic TV: Mylar Breeze
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou: Presentiment
Moby: God Moving Over the Face of the Waters
Gustavo Santaolalla: Thin Ice
Hilary Coleman, Neil Davey: The Waters of Tresilian 演奏者
Sting: The Snow It Melts The Soonest
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou: Homesickness
Depeche Mode: Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth
Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian: World Citizen (Looped Piano)
Harold Budd & Brian Eno: Still Return
Peter Gabriel: Slow Water
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou: The Garden of Gethesemanie
James Ferraro: Coda (Let Me Burn)
Gavin Bryars: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Prince & The Revolution: Sometimes It Snows In April


Kevin Eulogizes Patti; Job 23
Grace Davidson & Max Richter: Path 3 (7676)
The Durutti Column: Agnus Dei
Annie Lennox: Lullay Lullay (The Coventry Carol)
Run The Jewels: A Christmas Fucking Miracle
Vangelis: Twilight
Arvo Pärt: Für Alina
Nine Inch Nails: Adrift and at Peace
Sting: Gabriel's Message
Kenny G: God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
Nine Inch Nails: Ghosts I
Tim Story: The Luminous, the Dark
Oneohtrix Point Never: Grief and Repetition
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Choral No. 2
Unknown/ MUJI BGM X: Christ Child's Lullaby
The Durutti Column: Opera I
Annie Lennox: Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant
Arca: Gratitud
Wim Mertens: A Tiels Leis
Grace Davidson & Max Richter: whose name is written on water
Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic: Meditation on the Torment of the Son of God
Sting: Lullaby for an Anxious Child
Patti Labelle: O Holy Night




Zachary Waltman: Intro
Gretchen Carlson: […] And We Have The Tree Lighting Tonight
Philip Glass & Michael Nyman: String Quartet No. 3: November 25
Portishead: Machine Gun
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols: This Little Babe
Coil: A White Rainbow
MDZLEVARI: Christ Is Risen & Holy Apostles
Nils Frahm: La  
The Cambridge Singers (J. Rheinberger): Abendlied
Philip Glass & Michael Nyman: String Quartet No. 3, Blood Oath
Thomas Merton: December 10, 1968, Bangkok
Tricky: Passion Of The Christ
Coil: Christmas Is Now Drawing Near
Destiny’s Child: Opera Of The Bells
Nordic Chamber Choir (M. Lauridsen): O Magnum Mysterium
Coil: Magnetic North
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Paul Hillier (A. Part): Magnificat
XTC: Dear God
Philip Glass & Michael Nyman: String Quartet No. 3: Mishima Closing
Tori Amos: Winter
Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You [EVERY LIVING CREATURE DIES ALONE EDIT]


William Blake: The Little Vagabond
Arca: Covenant
How to Dress Well: Idumea [Live in the Boiler Room]
Peter Gabriel: Gethsemane
Hildegard von Bingen / Anonymous: Vision I, The Fire of Creation I
Terre Thaemlitz: Canto I, Rosary Novena for Gender Transitioning
Judy Garland: 'Til After the Holidays [Live on "The Tonight Show," December 1968]
Geinoh Yamashirogumi: Ave Maria
Kate Bush: Snowflake
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Choral No. 1
Tim Hecker: Virginal I
Mediaeval Baebes: Salva Nos
Headlock: Coax
Hildegard von Bingen / Anonymous: Vision II, Wisdom and Her Sisters II
Michael Nyman: M-1, Song A
Kate Bush: Under Ice
Chilly Gonzales: A Minor Christmas Medley
Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian: World Citizen [I Won't be Disappointed/Looped Piano]
Final Fantasy XIV: Ul' Dah [Night]
Hildegard von Bingen / Anonymous: Vision III, The Fiery Spirit I
Mariah Carey: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Harlem Boys Choir: A Change is Gon' Come



James Ferraro: Stuck 1
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Solitude
Ryuichi Sakamoto: 23rd Psalm
Judy Garland: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Colin Self: Benedictus Elatione
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Father Christmas
Karl Biscuit: Hierophone
Enya: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Harry to Hospital
Libera: Ave Maria
James Ferraro: Stuck 2
Karl Biscuit: Aux Confins Des Arrieres-Mondes
Vangelis: Rachel's Song
Enya: And Winter Came
Low: If You Were Born Today
Peter Gabriel: With This Love [Choir]
Bulgarian Folk Choir: Коледарски песни
Brian Eno and Harold Budd: The Chill Air
David Sylvian: The Wooden Cross
James Ferraro: Stuck 3 [Rats]
Haruomi Hosono: Edge of the End
Colin Self: Ingens Mutatio
Banjo or Freakout: Oh Holy Night
Low: Long Way Around the Sea
Geinoh Yamashirogumi: 陽は沈む
Mariah Carey: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Mariah Carey: All I Want for Christmas is Screw
Tori Amos: Our New Year