Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Music

I'm one of those annoying people that likes to start listening to Christmas music as early as possible. What can I say? All music is good, but there is something nostalgic about those holiday tunes.

I pride myself on the diversity of my collection which spans stuff from Glenn Miller all the way to The Barenaked Ladies. There are so many classics like Home for the Holidays from Perry Como, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year from Andy Williams, and White Christmas from Bing Crosby. These joyful gems represent some of the best of Americana in celebrating the holiday season.

I'm very partial to a couple of albums that I consider to be some of the best Christmas music ever recorded. The first of which is something I grew up listening to, Kenny Rogers' Christmas which blends Mr. Rogers' country style with some great spiritually uplifting hyms These come alongside other more secular classics some with a strong gospel influence. After decorating your tree with this album playing in the background you can't help but be thrown head first into the spirit of Christmas.

The second album that I find myself listening to over and over during the months of November and December is The Carpenters Christmas Portrait. Karen Carpenters' textured alto singing is very pleasing to listen to, and the arrangements are wonderful reflections of many different eras and genres of music. I really can't recommend this album enough, everyone can find something to like on this album. I've actually found that over the years, many of the renditions of the songs on this album have become my "standard" to which others are judged. It's interesting how that happens over time.

If you are a Christmas music fan, or a fan of music in general, check these two out. You won't be dissapointed.

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