Episode 110: A Very Gilmore Christmas in July

This week we talk about Season 1, Episode 10 “Forgiveness and Stuff.”

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Gilmore Girls: Complete Soundtrack, including (most of) the songs from this episode:

Songs that are in this podcast (appear or are referenced in Season 1, Episode 10 of Gilmore Girls):

  • “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Tony Bennett | Purchase music from Tony Bennett
    • In the background at the Christmas party at the elder Gilmore house when Rory arrives and meets all the guests.
  • “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses | Purchase music from The Waitresses
    • This plays as Lorelai is checking on the status of her pizza order on the phone with the delivery guy, Joe. Lamenting a delay in delivery, Lorelai pulls a very out-of-character move, opting to eat salad out of a bag while she waits.
  • “The First Noel” performed by Stars Hollow Bell Choir
    • The bell choir leader is played by actor Bob Rumnock
    • Chuck is played by David Paul Wichert
    • Henry is played by Josh Haber
    • The version on Gilmore Girls Complete Soundtrack spotify playlist is by Frank Sinatra
  • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” performed by carolers led by Taylor Doose
    • This is the song the carolers are singing as they shuffle into Luke’s diner after Lorelai misses a call on her cell phone. They’re cold and want to trade a song for free hot chocolate.
    • The version on Gilmore Girls Complete Soundtrack spotify playlist is by Frank Sinatra
  • “Happy X-Mas” by John Lennon and Yoko Ono | Purchase music from John Lennon and Yoko Ono
    • Plays when Rory and Lorelai are getting snacks at the vending machine in the hospital.
  • “Thanks for Christmas” by XTC | Purchase music from XTC
    • This song is not on Spotify, and therefore is not listed in the complete soundtrack playlist.
    • Listen on Youtube:

Today’s Guest: Joanna Wilson

Joanna Wilson, as I stated on this blog previously, is the Christmas Entertainment Expert. She has written several books on the subject: Tis The Season TV, The Christmas TV Compilation and Merry Musical Christmas, Vol. 1.  Joanna has an academic background in film history and philosophy and uses her expertise to share keen interpretation for many forms of pop culture. I was thrilled to find she’s also a huge fan of Gilmore Girls, and asked her to be a guest on the podcast. This is Joanna’s second appearance on Gilmore Girls Soundtrack—she also appeared on Episode 108: Everything is Magical.

Visit her blog at christmastvhistory.com. Joanna has been having fun with a Christmas in July party which began on July 1. I will be the featured guest for her party today, sharing my own Christmas memories.

Read Joanna’s review of the 1963 Christmas episode of THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW on TV.
Then check out her review of the 2011 Christmas episode of GLEE that pays homage to the 1963 Christmas episode of the Judy Garland Show. This GLEE episode includes the song “Christmas Wrapping.”

Joanna is pictured holding her copy of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1977, Charlie Brown Records).

Spinning in Stars Hollow

This week I’ve added 3 songs to the season 1 Spinning In Stars Hollow playlist:

  • “Christmas Time is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio | Purchase music from Vince Guaraldi Trio
    • Recommended for those who enjoy the more classic Christmas tunes, such as the Tony Bennett fans. I know this song is a favorite to many folks, as far as Christmas memories go.
    • PLEASE NOTE: This is not from the same album Joanna is holding — the album she holds is the narrated story that was released separately with a follow-along storybook. This seems confusing in the podcast and I just wanted to clarify!
  • “Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys | Buy music from The Beach Boys
    • For fans of more playful Christmas songs that aren’t heard sung by groups of Carollers or at midnight church services, try this Beach Boys classic.
  • “12.23.95” by Jimmy Eat World | Buy music from Jimmy Eat World
    • I imagine this song as a response to “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses.
    • Just in case you haven’t seen Say Anything, here’s the scene I’m referencing:
    • Just pretend that the girl laying in the bed had previously sung “Christmas Wrapping” to the boy standing outside with the boom box and that he is now playing this Jimmy Eat World song in response.

Please, if you like what you hear, support these artists and buy their music.

The Gilmore Girls Soundtrack theme music was provided by Scott Holmes. A big, big thanks to Scott for sharing his great talent.


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