Songs I Grew Up On: Rod + Rose

The holiday season is a joy-filled time spent with family, and The Nash News was delighted to chat with Rod + Rose (Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon) to reminisce on Christmas traditions and music.

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Rose’s First Pick: “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love (1963)

Rose explains, “Before Spotify was around, there was a whole record, an album that you listened to religiously,” and for her family, that album was A Christmas Gift For You, produced by Phil Spector. “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” was her favorite song from the album, and she likes that “it just reminds me of my childhood.”

Rod’s First Pick: “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” by Nat King Cole (1962)

More commonly known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” this song is one that Rod expresses “just puts you in the mood” for the holiday season. He also mentions that he was first introduced to artists like Johnny Mathis and Frank Sinatra through their Christmas albums, particularly their renditions of “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You).”

Rose’s Second Pick: “Dominick the Donkey” by Lou Monte (1960)

Coming from an Italian family, Rose says she picked this song because she “Had to put an Italian song on there.” During their Christmas parties, Rose recalls “We would play it at least one time…and everyone would be laughing and dancing and cracking up.”

Rod’s Second Pick: “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby (1945)

“I don’t remember it as much for who sang it; I remember singing it as a little kid,” recounted Rod. He shared that his dad would get a group of carolers together to perform at nursing homes, and “Silent Night” was one of the songs they sang.

Rose’s Third Pick: “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” by John Lennon (1971)

Rose admitted that she has a soft spot for ballads. She explains that this song is “not necessarily something I listen to at Christmas, but I really like the song.” She also explained that Phil Spector produced “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” so it’s interesting to see that connection with her music taste.

This holiday season, Rod and Rose released two songs. They created their own version of the classic “Winter Wonderland” as they had never heard the classic as a duet and wanted to produce something fun. They also co-wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb” to “just celebrate the birth of our Savior.” One of the reasons they wrote “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was so that their children would be able to sing along and understand the message of the song, and overall, Rose declared that the song “was like a blessing to us.”

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