Day 3

Calexico –
Green Grows the Holly

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This arrangement and recording dates from 2012 but the core song itself — or rather the poem it’s based on — is attributed to King Henry VIII.

Yes that King Henry VIII.

Some of my favorite holiday songs are reinventions or unexpected interpretations of classics or standards. I love the way Calexico put a very English, very Elementary-school-choir song through their Tex-Mex filter, complete with mariachi horns and rich acoustic guitars and percussion.

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