The Sounds of Christmas – all my favorite CD’s
Christmas would not be Christmas without the music. I love all kinds – popular, contemporary, instrumental, and the old crooners, too – Andy, Dean, Nat, and Bing. I even change my cell phone ringtone to play something festive in December. Just imagine not hearing jing-a-ling-jing-jing-a-ling, just hear those sleigh bells jingling… ringting tingaling, too…while you are rolling out your cookie dough.
Draping garland on your staircase in silence…need I day more? Music is a major factor in creating the mood. We need inspiring stimulus for all of our senses, not just our eyes.
I have officially declared Nov 18th the official – I can play Christmas music in my house without any flack from anyone saying to me “it’s not even Thanksgiving yet”. I have acquired quite a collection of CD’s and buy a new one every year. This year I would like to share with you one that will make you smile. I just bought it at Target and I am sure you can download it on iTunes. My daughters who are 23 and 19 introduced my husband and me into the world of College Acapella. Each of their colleges had groups and we always tried to visit them when there was a concert scheduled. They were all highly entertaining.
Straight No Chaser is the Indiana University Acapella group you may have seen singing their version of The Twelve Days of Christmas. Check them out on this YouTube Video. They now have a CD – Christmas Cheers. It is a mix of traditional, popular, and downright finger-snapping songs all sung acapella by 10 guys. You will swear there is instrumental accompaniment with them, but all the sounds come only from their voices. Some of the sound effects they come up with are amazing.
My can’t live without favorites:
- Home Alone 2 soundtrack
- Merry Christmas Andy Williams
- Christmas with the Rat Pack
- The Boston Pops – Holiday Pops with Keith Lockhart
- CBS Masterworks The Christmas Album
- Merry Christmas Johnny Mathis
- Yo Yo Ma and Friends – Songs of Joy and Peace
- A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Billboard Family Christmas Classics
- WMMR 93.3 Season’s Greetings
- Christmas with Dino
- Kenny G – Faith
- Holiday Lights – Nordstrom
- Straight No Chaser – Christmas Cheers
…and even Christmas with the Chipmunks
What songs make your Christmas special?