An Audio Diva Christmas: Don't Be Cheap, Show The Love With Some Alexander O'Neal

Monday, December 13, 2010

There is a "fact" that most relationships severe ties around the holidays. Why? The lame excuse that gets shoveled around is because people are penny pinching and/or are too lazy to shell out money for a gift, so breaking up is the cheapest option. How Scroogey. Maybe those poor unfortunate souls need to let Alexander O'Neal teach them a thing or two about keeping the romance going during the holidays.

My Gift To You, O'Neal's 1988 lone Yuletide feature, is a superbly produced (thanks to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) holiday album that plays the soulful way. So don't be fooled by that "hide yo kids, hide yo wife, I got a present for ya" look that O'Neal has plastered on his face on the cover, its all about the romantic side of Christmas on this.

When you hear original number "Our First Christmas" and his renditions of "This Christmas", "The Christmas Song", and "Winter Wonderland", your heart goes out of Grinch remission and you want to find a snuggle buddy. This all sounds like a Lifetime holiday movie, the ones with people falling in love under mistletoe and fake snow, but who says you can't have guilty pleasures and dream a little? I couldn't pick just one track to feature, thus here are two of my favorites, from My Gift To You. So listen and mind what Uncle Alex tell you: Keep the love thang going this holiday.

Our First Christmas

Winter Wonderland

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