a concert in Princeton, New Jersey in June of 2005, Aimee Mann
revealed to the audience that her manager said
Starbucks would not sell her cds in their stores. They deemed her
music "not suitable for the Starbucks listener". Then she said
in deadpan delivery, "I AM the Starbucks
listener! I'm the double soy decaf mocha latte!"
ironic thing is that Mann has appeared year after year on Starbucks'
Christmas music cd's. Five times in all. So Starbucks does sell Aimee Mann
music, just as long as it's one of their cds and not her's.
the winter of 2005, shortly after the comments above and just before Christmas, Aimee Mann's management team put together a Christmas EP, containing a number of her covers that
had appeared on Starbucks compilations with the addition of "I Was
Hoping I Could Clean Up for Christmas" from her Forgotten Arm cd (a
song about someone cleaning up their drug habit for Christmas).
the prelude story to Aimee Mann's first full-length Christmas cd -- One More Drifter in the Snow, released in late October, 2006,
featuring a whole new set of covers of traditional songs, a cover of
"Christmastime" (written by her husband Michael Penn and Jon Brion)
and one new song written by Mann, "Calling On Mary"
is a wonderful, artful album, with a fireside feel and an ode to
Christmas albums of years past, by Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, Frank
Sinatra, and Eddy Arnold, augmented by a tasteful, modern sound (percussion,
chimes, and Hawaiian guitar added on various songs; album produced by Paul
Bryan), and Aimee Mann's pretty voice. This album has in fact vaulted to the top of my list of favorite Christmas
albums. It does not crap on Christmas with a blaring, modern-rock,
let's-modernize- Christmas sound, but rather brings you back to the
Christmas feel of the forties, fifties, and sixties, and a celebration of
the human spirit.
Broadway-Esque Mean Mr. Grinch
a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is already loved by everyone in the family;
I've had numerous requests to play it over and over and over. It is
Broadway-esque. Mann duets with Grant Lee Phillips (male voice of the year
by Rolling Stone, 1995), who talks the lyrics as if he's telling a story.
Mann chimes in with effortless lilting highs. It is the epitome of a great
duet. My wife is in love with Grant Lee Phillips voice on that song. It's a
great song for the little ones too, as our one-year-and-a-half-year-old son
is transfixed to it, turning and heading for the computer with a curious smile
as soon as it starts.
Horse Hoofs, Chimes, and Bells
Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" has Christmas chimes and bells on it, which is
a favorite touch of Paul Bryan. They add spice and make the song
Be Home for Christmas" has a background of what sounds like dorky, swaying horse hoofs clopping in the
snow, which adds a perfect touch of humor to this 50's lounge-act rendition
of the song.
Wonderland" is another favorite; with the jazzy Hawaiian-guitar touch. More
horse hoofs on this song as well. Makes you want to go out and play in the
snow, even if it's the Fall and there's no snow out yet.
could listen to this album all year. I played it all evening on Halloween. Heck
I may even play it at the beach next summer.
to Aimee Mann and Paul Bryan and Grant Lee Phillips and Jay Bellerose and
Patrick Warren and Duke Levine and Chris Bruce and team!
Merry Christmas to
Aimee Mann Christmas Recap
1997 -- “Christmastime”, duet
with Michael Penn (who wrote song) for “Hard Eight” (aka "Sydney"
Starbuck's "Ornamental Holiday" contains Aimee Mann's cover of
"The Christmas Song".
Starbuck's "Sleigh Full of Songs" contains Aimee Mann's cover of
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", which is song 5 out of
14 on this album, no longer available on the Starbucks site.
Starbuck's 'Baby It's Cold Outside' contains Aimee Mann's cover of
Joni Mitchell's "River". No longer available on Starbucks site,
although they say it is their most popular holiday compilation
2005 -- A
Christmas EP -- "Aimee Mann Christmas", sold on iTunes.
Baby' contains Aimee Mann's cover of 'I'll Be Home for
Christmas', which is song 11 out of 15
by the Fire' contains Aimee Mann's cover of 'White Christmas',
which is song 16, the last song
2006 -- "One
More Drifter in the Snow" Christmas album is released. See review
2006 - 2008
and beyond -- annual Aimee Mann Christmas Variety show tour.
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of Other Albums You Might Enjoy:
Fucking Smilers, by Aimee Mann
Arm, by Aimee Mann
King, by Paul Bryan
(Aimee Mann's producer and
Been, by William Shatner
Am Sam Soundtrack
Sleep and Dream of Fire
(Aimee Mann influence)