Holigay 2023

Well, it’s December once again, that means time for me to binge cheesy Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movies and download the newest diva holiday music.

A few divas dropped their first seasonal singles ever, but these aren’t your grandma’s carols. Fefe Dobson’s “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” is a classic song but now with a punk rock vibe while Morgan Reese’s “Scrooge Xmas” is an original song with a quirky dance beat and dreamy vocals. Tiffany returns with another seasonal song, “Angels All Around” is an original mellow melody over her gritty ballad-rock vocals.

Alanis Morissette and Twinnie both left EP’s under the tree but they contain unexpected musical gifts. Alanis went more traditional than her usual rock sound and Twinnie steered away from country with more of a pop twist.  Alanis’ Last Christmas contains four well-known carols sung in Alanis’ recognizable voice while Twinnie’s Blue Christmas is full of original songs (many cowritten by Twinnie) with one classic for good measure.

The only full album worth mentioning this year, in my gay opinion, is Cher’s Christmas. Since it’s Cher, who needs any other full Christmas album from Santa this year. Christmas is a mix of songs, old and new, with some guest duets from Stevie Wonder, Darlene Love, Michael Bublé, Tyga, and Cyndi Lauper. Cher once again busts out the Autotune machine for dancier ditties like “DJ Play A Christmas Song” and “Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You.” Tyga raps on “Drop Top Sleigh Ride,” but had Cher joined in on the rap, it would’ve made this season a little more merry and gay. Cher makes up for it on “Santa Baby” with her fun-loving attempt at sultry vocals and moans that sound like she’s been sitting on Santa’s lap too long, leaving her not the only one stiff, I’m sure.

Hopefully this music is a prediction of what’s to come and you have a holiday season full of memorable moments and surprising treats.

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