Friday Five: Velvet
Perhaps 19th century Santa Claus just had a jump start on the swinging 1970s. How else do you explain the groovy red velvet suit that he rocks on Christmas night? With that smooth finish covering his husky frame, is there any wonder Mrs. Claus can’t leave him alone?
Lots of artists have sung as smooth as velvet, but not nearly have many have sung songs utilizing the fabric as part of their song. This week, we’re celebrating the official duds of Christmas. We present to you: five songs about velvet.
Case shows off her impressive voice on this track from Blacklisted as she sings, “Safe from all the horrors in your stinging velvet arms/And I surrender, surrender.”
LaRue sings, “Oh the rain came down and you covered me in velvet.” In other words, it rained Muppets.
This song can be interpreted as the “Velvet Voices” either being a choir or angels. I prefer the latter, especially when considering that Van Zandt passed away on the same day as one of his biggest songwriting influences, Hank Williams, Sr.
2. Johnny Cash — “Red Velvet”
The Man in Black reminds us that you can’t keep a high-rent city girl like Red Velvet locked up on an edge-of-town farm. Well, not literally locked up. That would be kidnapping.
Bill Monroe helped make this song so popular, releasing it as a single in 1949. The protagonist in the song has a stolen diamond planted on him by a girl in San Francisco and is sent to prison in San Quentin for ten years. My guess is that he steers clear from Match.com upon his release.
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