Monday, December 21, 2009

Favorite Christmas Music

I had such plans to post nearly every day this season, but things got in the way. Oh well. I'm feeling much better, though. Thanks for all your well wishes. This seems to be a nasty year for strong bugs. I hope everyone is able to stay relatively healthy for a while!

I recently bought Sarah McLachan's Christmas album and have been listening to it constantly. It was released a few years ago, but for whatever reason I kept putting off the purchase. About ten years ago, I made a decision to each year buy one Christmas album, one Christmas movie and one Christmas book. I haven't done all three every year, but doing this has added to my collection over time, and I enjoy the variety.

a few of my favorite Christmas albums:
  • Sarah McLachlan Wintersong - I think my favorite track is River (a Joni Mitchell cover). I prefer the Indigo Girls version, but Sarah's is beautiful too. Sarah just has a wonderful voice, and I enjoy listening to this over and over. An added plus is that my husband and mama don't dislike her, so I may be able to get away with listening to this one more often.
  • Maybe This Christmas by various artists - If you like an eclectic mix, and don't mind odd-ball songs, this may be the right album for you. My favorite Christmas song is included - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by the Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan. Plus, the Ben Folds song may be the funniest thing I've ever heard in my life (but is SO not kid appropriate).
  • John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas - I am going to come out as a huge John Denver lover. I had some trouble locating any of his Christmas music about ten years ago, but a quick search of Amazon shows me that it's easily located now.
  • John Denver and the Muppets A Christmas Together - I had a really tough time finding this album a few years ago. I had a vague memory of John Denver singing Christmas songs with the Muppets, and had a music store run a search for me. This is also easily available now. Such memories!
  • This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday vol 1 - I picked this one up last year. It's a Christmas release by Jack Johnson's label. There are only two songs by him included, but the whole album has the same relaxed feel that his music does.
A couple albums that I look forward to getting in the future:
  • Barenaked Ladies Barenaked for the Holidays - As much as I love the Barenaked Ladies, I can't believe that I don't already have this album. Maybe next year.
  • Sugarland Gold and Green - I'm not really a country music fan, but I've been a fan of Jennifer Nettles for a very long time. I love listening to her sing, and I know I would enjoy this album.


Sian said...

Glad you are feeling a good bit better. Lots of new music for me to search out there..thank you for the suggestions. And have a wonderful Christmas!

Jennifer said...

I totally had that John Denver album on vinyl when I was a kid! Mrs. G bought me a copy of Gold and Green when she was here. I like it, but Seth doesn't know any of the songs so he doesn't believe they are Christmas songs.

Kelli said...

Glad ya'll are feeling better. I haven't really been a fan of Christmas albums or books. However, I do love the good traditional religious songs like Silent Night, We Three Kings, and Away in the Manger. Handel's "Messiah" is nice too. Someone told me that Bob Dylan's Christmas album was good. I don't know though. hehe
I have to say that my favorite Christmas story is Charles Dickens Christmas Carol. I love the old black and white movies of it too.

Wendy said...

Thanks for the note. Also, I had to say, unsurprisingly, that I'm a big John Denver fan too!

The only thing I remember about that Muppets Christmas special was that Miss Piggy was hitting on him and asked him to take off his glasses. Then when he did, she kind of made a face and asked him to put them back on.


Wendy said...

Oh, and my favorite album (besides the muppets) is a Charlie Brown Christmas. That instrumental jazz always makes me feel all mellow. If I'd have thought of it, I would have played it during my daughter's birth. :)