Rickie Lee Jones has just put up three new Christmas recordings for free download from her website.
They all sound quite good to me, but “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is definitely my top pick here. She gives this a fairly understated, but emotionally loaded jazz reading.
She sings it in such a way to sound like she’s really thinking about what the words mean. Most performances of the song seem a bit bloodless to me, but this one really brings out the religious nature of the lyric- the stuff about saving our souls from Satan’s power and such.
Thank you Ms. Jones, and a joyous holiday to you as well.