Lost Christmas gem from folk’s golden girl
Back in the day Melanie Safka was a pretty big deal. She played Woodstock, and during her set the audience lit candles, which she wrote about in the monster of a song Lay Down (Candles in the Rain). She released ten flawless album from 1968 – 1972 and then started her own label. If you are in to your folk music from the 1960’s and 1970’s Melanie is a name you have to check out. What does she have to do with Christmas, I can hear you saying. Well on her debut album Born to Be she recorded and released a song called Merry Christmas.
While you won’t find this song on most Christmas compilation albums, but it is a song that deserves to be revisited again and again. On one hand Merry Christmas isn’t anything that ground breaking, Melanie basically just wishes everyone a merry Christmas and mentions things that she likes about it, but on the other hand, this is forward thinking. At one point Melanie wishes it could be Christmas every day, a full five years before Slade released their ode to the holidays. While Slade’s take on the saying is a pretty accurate description of what Christmas actually feels like, with a bombastic riff behind it, Melanie’s is more poignant, wishing it could be Christmas every day as it means people will be a bit nicer to each other and thus spreading peace and love all over the world.