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The Spin I’m In: The Riffs That Keep On Giving



"Christmastime For The Jews"
Robert Smigel w/vocals by Darlene Love
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I’m not really into the holidays that much. The pressure of finding gifts for people, the guilt of not being able to go home for Christmas…again, and all the debt building consumerism kind of grosses me out.  Thinking of the lonely and disenfranchised really bums me out.

Honestly, the only thing that really gets me into the holiday mood is when I start hearing the Christmas songs on the oldies radio stations when I’m driving in my car. Especially the Phil Spector stuff. As soon as I hear Darlene Love’s Winter Wonderland my spirits pick up like I’ve just had a shot of peppermint schnapps. Yeah Brenda Lee, you rock around that tree! Happy happy, joy joy. 

What warms your black hearts this time of year? I’d love to hear your holiday Spin in the comments.

The Spin I'm In: The Riffs That Keep On Giving





Winter Wonderland Darlene Love  


Sleigh Ride The Ronettes  


Santa Claus Is Coming to Town  The Crystals 


Run Run Rudolph  Chuck Berry 


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee


White Christmas Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters 


Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me Elvis Presley 


Little Saint Nick  The Beach Boys


Jingle Bell Rock

Bobby Helms and the Anita Kerr Singers  


Christmas Wrapping

The Waitresses


A Holly Jolly Christmas 

Burl Ives 

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.