This week marked the beginning of Hanukkah, which in turn marked the beginning of the gift buying/giving frenzy that happens at the end of every year. Here's a soundtrack to keep you company while you shop (nudge, nudge):
1. Brand New Key by Melanie
If I ever find out that Melanie Safka does not, in fact, traverse the world mainly on rollerskates, I will be SORELY disappointed.
2. Parting Gift by Fiona Apple
OK, it's a downer, fine. But calling a breakup song a “parting gift,” and calling an ex a “silly, stupid pastime” make this song the prettiest insult I've probably ever heard.
3. Take it From Me by The Weepies
On exactly the opposite end of the relationship spectrum, here is an adorable song about giving love away even when it's scary.
4. All I Want by Joni Mitchell
Joni is a generous gal to have in your life, I think. Knitted sweater? She wants to make one for you! Love letter? She's been itchin' to write you one! Feel sad? She wants to make you feel BETTER! Thanks, Joni.
5. The Flowers by Regina Spektor
Sometimes gifts are hard to get rid of, even when it's time. It's like a poignant version of giving away ugly holiday sweaters that don't fit.
6. Your Song by Elton John
A song? For me?! Oh Elton! You shouldn't have!
7. Gimme More by Britney Spears
That Britney. She cannot get enough of anything. Also, we here at Bitch KNOW it's you, Britters. No need to remind us.
(Full disclosure: I've been waiting to make that joke for as long as I've been at Bitch. Now you know.)
8. Wedding Song by Anais Mitchell, featuring Justin Vernon
Sometimes trees, birds, and the river all get in on the gift-giving, too!