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Donna Summer’s “Christmas is Here” (and “Christmas Spirit”): 12 Holiday Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard, Day Eleven

Donna Summer’s “Christmas is Here” (and “Christmas Spirit”): 12 Holiday Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard, Day Eleven

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11. Donna Summer, “Christmas is Here”/”Christmas Spirit”

I feel Donna Summer’s spirit strongly at holiday time owing to her sublime Christmas Spirit holiday collection. Released in 1994, the album is a joyful combination of new and old, secular and non-secular, it contains three original songs—all quite wonderful. Of course, her singing is a revelation on this album. I couldn’t decide between the soulful mid-tempo ballad “Christmas Spirit or the uptempo and uplifting “Christmas is Here,” so I offer them both.

The latter song was co-written by Donna, husband Bruce Sudano, and the album’s producer, frequent collaborator Michael Omartian (“She Works Hard For The Money”).  Donna was not only one of the great all-time singers, but also a first-class songwriter—she co-wrote almost all her classic hits—and the delightful “Christmas is Here” is as good an example as any of her writing prowess. How can anyone resist a song that changes tempo so many times?

“Christmas is Here”

 

“Christmas Spirit”

 

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