Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

I love Christmas Music.

It's funny because I don't consider myself a Christian but I love Christmas and I love Christmas music. We celebrate the most secular of Christmases but I love very religious Christmas music.

I don't fight it. It's part of what makes this time of year so special.

On my iTunes, I have a TON of Christmas music. I have a special Christmas "favs" section though and that is what I wanted to share with you today.

My very favorite, traditionally favorite, Christmas music is Joan Baez's album, Noel. To me, it isn't Christmas until I hear that music playing all the way through from beginning to end. My mother loved it and it is The Sound of Christmas to me.

Next on my favorite list is Jewel's Christmas album, Joy: A Holiday Collection. Her version of "O Holy Night" is worth the price of admission. Angelic voice.

Last year, I added Barenaked Ladies' Barenaked for the Holidays to my mix. They are funny and silly and yet produce some great classics along with the way. (Warning -- it starts to play songs from the album when you load the page).

This year, I added two new albums to my iTunes. The first is an obvious one, Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong is remarkable. Her voice is so fantastic. I love her version of River by Joni Mitchell. The next addition to my playlist this year is Christmas Album by Celtic Woman. Their voices are spectacular. Ethereal, otherworldy on some songs and folksy and warm on others. A fantastic find.

Other rare favorites are single songs by favorite artists or favorite songs by talented artists. Two are available on the Web as free downloads. For a few years, I've had Fleming & John's Winter Wonderland/Misty Mountain Hop. It is exactly what it sounds like -- an unlikely (and yet highly successful) combination of these two songs. Too much fun! They also have Carol of the Bells available. Note, these were put up in 2000 and aren't part of their main site yet so I recommend getting them onto your computer right away in case they are taken away! The next song is also a free gift from the artist. Jonatha Brooke has a fantastic version of Emmanuel on her site as a holiday gift. It is a duet with the late, great Kevin Gilbert, my husband's musical idol.

So, have yourself a merry little Christmas now! And, enjoy some really good Christmas music!


jane said...

Merry Christmas! For the life of me I can't find an email link on your page and this has nothing to do with your post but have you ever been to Morro Bay? If not, as a bird lover you just have to go and being in California hopefully it won't be too long a drive but you do have the RV :-) I'll be posting on it sometime after Christmas but google it. It's awesome.

Susan Gets Native said...

Merry Christmas!

Liza Lee Miller said...


Thanks for thinking of me. Yes, I've been to Morro Bay many times -- it's a favorite! I went to graduate school at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and we go back to that area as often as we can. We go and camp at San Simeon (1/2 hour from MB) about twice a year!

Oh, and I'll add an email link to my page! Sorry about that!!!

Mary said...

Merry Christmas! Love the music and you named some artists I like, too :)

Ruth said...

Two Canadian artists among your favourites...I love Sarah McLauchlin's Wintersong! It was my gift to myself this year. And the Barenaked Ladies are just a lot of fun. Merry Christmas from Canada!