Last week I started the countdown of my top three Christmas songs.
In third place was the beautiful song Oh Holy Night, sung by the remarkable Josh Groban.
Today I am announcing my second favorite Christmas song, the runner-up for the title:
Christmas in L.A. by The Killers
Like all of my top three songs, it is one I have written about before.
Here’s what I wrote five years ago about the song, which was released in 2013:
Christmas in L.A. – one of my favorites, the video features Owen Wilson. Dawes co-write and also performed on the track. Great animation. While it may be considered somewhat depressing, it could also be viewed as a tribute to those who follow their dreams, despite the cost.
That was an excerpt from a post about the band The Killers, who released a Christmas song every year from 2006-2016. I wrote a post in 2018 that includes all 11 songs. The profits from the Christmas record go to support the Product RED campaign to end AIDS.
Here’s some information about this song from Wikipedia:
The song was written by Brandon Flowers and Mark Stoermer of The Killers and Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes. Irving Berlin also has a writing credit due to the song featuring lyrics from “White Christmas”. The music video for the song was unveiled on December 1, 2013. The video features actor Owen Wilson portraying a struggling actor in Los Angeles at Christmastime. Actor Harry Dean Stanton also appears as a voice of reason. The music video was directed by Kelly Loosli and filmed and animated by students and alumni from Brigham Young University.
There’s also a subtle reference to Warren Zevon’s song Carmelita, along with an animated cameo of Zevon at the 2:32 mark.
I remember the first time I heard the song I must have played it five times in a row.
I really can’t put my finger on exactly what moves me so much about the song. The singing, lyrics, music, and video all combine to create a beautiful work of art.
But if I had to pick one thing that makes this one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs it’s just the overall message of not giving up on your dream, even if it means time away from your family and friends during the holiday season.
Next week will be the big reveal of my favorite Christmas song, and for people who know me, it probably won’t come as a big surprise…