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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Getting the Ears in the Holiday Spirit

With the holidays so rapidly approaching, I’ve realized that my Christmas music selection needs some serious updating. After several moves and many technology changes like 33 RPM records (come on, some of you know what these are ;) ), 8 track tapes and cassettes, my collection includes only a few Christmas CD’s that I actually like, I might add. I don't know why I'm still hanging on to the cassettes. I can't imagine ever listening to them again. I just can't bring myself to get rid of them because of the nostalgia aspect I suspect. Anyhow, I digress......

I appreciate traditional Christmas carols as well as contemporary music. However, my favorite Holiday music is typically instrumental. I especially love the piano.

A couple of my favorites are Liz Story’s – The Gift, a fabulous collection of beautiful piano music. Celtic Christmas – just a very ethereal sort of sound but I love it. I have another CD of Christmas Carols, I have no idea where I got it or who it is but it is one of my all time favorites. It’s called 20 Peaceful Carols.

In my search for music I have come across a fabulous album that I just love. It’s by Enya, “And Winter Came” – there is nothing that she can sing poorly in my book. I just love her voice and I love the music. Her song called “Star and Midnight just made me bawl as I was driving home from an appointment yesterday.

Another CD that I just purchased is “Charlie Brown’s Christmas.” Who doesn’t love Vince Guaraldi? Those songs just take me back in time to my childhood. I can remember getting so excited when I knew it was coming on TV that evening. No matter how old I get I still love that cartoon and that music. I picked up my copy at Starbuck’s. It was even 20% off, so I got it for somewhere around $10.

What are your favorite Christmas CD’s? I’d love to hear what you listen to. I’m always open to new ideas for expanding my selection.

1 comment:

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

I just bought Harry Connick Jr's Christmas CD. I love it, its a great upbeat jazzy christmas CD, he sings a lot of the classics, but with his fun style. He also sings one with his daughter (winter wonderland I think), she has a really cool voice as well. Its a perfect decorate the house, bake christmas cookies kind of CD.

Oh and your mention of 8-tracks made me remember the Alvin and the Chipmunks 8-track my parents had when I was little, I loved it, they sang their christmas song on it, we would listen to it over and over again in my dad's Ford Pinto (it was rust orange)