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Norah Jones captures the nostalgia and magic of Christmas

Norah Jones on World Cafe

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Episode Playlist

  • Norah Jones, "Christmas Don't Be Late"
  • James Brown, "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year"
  • Norah Jones, "You're Not Alone"
  • Duke Ellington, "Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)"
  • Norah Jones, "Christmas Calling (Jolly Jones)"
  • Norah Jones, "Winter Wonderland"
  • Norah Jones, "Blue Christmas"

The holidays are a time for family, friends and — for a lot of people — the familiar. Those cookies you always make for the kids. The decorations you dig up from under the stairs. And the music.

These traditions are what make the holidays feel like the holidays; just hearing your favorite Christmas song might take you back to your childhood. Norah Jones understands the comforting power of holiday songs. It's part of the reason why she made her very first solo Christmas album, I Dream of Christmas. The album is a mix of originals — made instantly familiar by Jones' warm, velvety voice — and covers, some traditional and some maybe a little more unexpected.

In this session, Jones joins me to talk about writing new Christmas songs and capturing the nostalgia and magic of the holiday. She starts off with one of those slightly more unexpected covers originally from Alvin and The Chipmunks, "Christmas Don't Be Late."

Episode Playlist