Welcome to episode 56 of Holly Jolly X’masu! In this special Christmas In July episode, I’ll be discussing a variety of summery Christmas songs from a diverse group of artists. This year’s episodes was fun to put together, although I ran into a lot of speed bumps along the way. The order containing several of the songs was delayed by more than a week, then work and family life pushed me back even further. Lastly, a staff shortage at the grocery store took away several hours of editing time on the 25th, so I had no way to get this out on time. Better late than never, though.
Yukio Aoshima – Christmas Under A Coconut Tree – 2000
Mikiko Noda – Christmas On The Beach – 1989
Shoko Sawada – Sea, Coral And Christmas – 1993
Yu Hayami – Christmas On The Beach – 2004
Masato Honda – Santa Claus In Summer – 1998
Kiyotaka Sugiyama – Summer In Christmas – 2001
Kiyotaka Sugiyama – Southern Hemisphere December – 1989
Before Christ Butterfly – Surfing Christmas – 2007
Naomi & Goro – Santa On Surfboard – 2003
CoConut Boys – Gold Coast No Christmas – 1983
Hi-Fi Set – Off-Season Santa Claus – 1983
I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s Christmas In July. This year’s selection featured some great songs, and a few have become real favorites of mine. August is 80s month around here, so join me in a few weeks for a pair of fun albums from Japan’s Bubble Era. First up is Ken-Ichi Sonoda’s Dixieland Christmas album, “White Christmas – Happy Christmas Party,” from 1981. Then join me on the 25th for a fantastic compilation from 1988, “The Night Before Christmas.” It includes some great, rarely-heard songs, including one from Hitomi “Penny” Tohyama, who I mentioned way back in 2020. They’re both top-notch albums and you don’t want to miss them.
As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
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Author: Holly Jolly X’masu
Title: Episode 56 – Christmas In July – 2022