An Audio Diva Christmas: Up, Up, and Away On TLC's 'Sleigh Ride'

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


The holidays are always a time for nostalgia and rituals. We all have one or a few things that we have to either do, eat, see, or hear, or it just won't feel like the season. Every year, I have to listen to "Sleigh Ride" by TLC...or it just ain't Christmas. TLC is already a comforting part of my music listening, because they were the first group I actually became attached to. So imagine me at age eight in baggy one-strap overalls, an over-sized sweater, and trying to draw a broad black mark under my left eye. Not a pretty picture, but I was going hard for TLC back then, and well, I still do, just that I enjoy the music now. Still since the passing of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and the defunct of the group, hearing TLC put a spin on "Sleigh Ride" back in 1993 reminds me of the time when they were on top and when Christmas and really, life, was much simpler. 

"Sleigh Ride" was first featured on A LaFace Family Christmas. The album was a festive compilation of artists who resided on Babyface and LA Reid's R&B/Hip-Hop "dynasty" label as it also featured a pubescent Usher, pre-Stankonia OutKast, and a kiss-curled Toni Braxton, but as usual, TLC made themselves the stars of the story. The video is bringing home loads of nostalgia as well. Just look at the overalls....and the condoms on the overalls... *cough* Well, 'tis the season!

1 comment:

  1. TLC's "Sleigh Ride" is my favorite Christmas song of all-time. TLC was my favorite female R&B group (En Vogue 2nd and then SWV) in the 90s. I'm glad Chili & T-Boz never tried to replace Lisa...I respect them tremendously for that. RIP Lefteye.

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