Satellite radio is a boon to music lovers, and the service recently added a station that plays Christmas carols – sorry, “holiday music” – all day long. Which creates some interesting selections – it takes a great many songs to fill the programming space.
Yesterday I heard “Santa Baby”, which was originally sung by Eartha Kitt. This woman owned the song – it was sung in a sweet, almost childish voice, which contrasted with the lyrics: a woman requesting extravagant things from Santa.
Around 1 o’clock I heard Madonna’s version of the song, and it wasn’t too bad. She can be innocent on one line and sexy the next – but never over the top. Quite a feat for the Material Girl.
Last night around 10 o’clock I heard Taylor Swift’s version of the song. I think her handlers made a mistake when they had her cover this tune. Santa Baby isn’t some heart wrenching, my love is gone, song – it’s supposed to be frothy and clever. Swift’s stylings made it sound like Santa had stood her up for the Senior Prom.
Moral of the story?
Sometimes it’s best to leave an original idea alone – but if you want to put your own spin on it, make sure you have the right person for the job.