The women of Winterbloom — the dream team of singer-songwriters (from left) Natalia Zukerman, Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson, and Anne Heaton — don't do fluff. Their musical take on the holiday season is one of grace and reflection.
But surely they must have some guilty pleasures when it comes to Christmas songs. Ahead of Friday's two Winterbloom shows at Oberon, Hutchinson weighed in with five.
1. "Last Christmas," Wham! "With stunningly cliche lyrics like "Last Christmas/ I gave you my heart/ But the very next day you gave it away/ This year/ To save me from tears/ I'll give it to someone special,' how can you not dream of the golden '80s?"
2. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," Tommie Connor. "Horrible, right? It's everything that we secretly feel is creepy about the fact that this guy supposedly comes down the chimney every year and sneaks around the house in the middle of the night."
3. "Feliz Navidad," José Feliciano. "I was an exchange student in Spain. I somehow fancy that I can still speak Spanish even though it's been about 20 years and my Spanish is miserable. I do pride myself, however, on perfect pronunciation of those two words."
4. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Gene Autry. "It's the ultimate anti-bullying message, even though that melody kills me now!"
5. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Whitney Houston. “That atrocious synth and the all-round terrible production bring me back to the glorious year of 1987 when I was 9 years old and anything having to do with pop radio was like candy in a house where we were confined instead to the likes of Bob Dylan and other people who I thought were terrible and couldn’t sing when I was that age.”
Winterbloom performs at Oberon (2 Arrow St., Cambridge) on Friday, 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. 617-547-8300, www.amrep.org