November 28, 2017 Musical Musings 0


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It’s probably no surprise since I’m all about music, but I freaking love Christmas music. My husband and I have a deal. I won’t play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving and he won’t complain…too much. And just to be clear, after Thanksgiving means after we eat on Thanksgiving Day. As soon as the guests leave (if it’s my year to host) or as we are driving back over the river and through the wood, I’ve got the holiday music playing and I’m also singing along. I love the Christmas Classics so you’ll find the likes of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong on my list, but I like the new stuff too. I’m enjoying the new Pentatonix album and Lindsey Stirling’s new release is amazing. I adore TSO, Mannheim Steamroller, and some of the old Country classics by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and more. Actually, I love it all.

I look forward to putting together my Christmas Playlist every year. Before Spotify and Itunes, I would fill up the CD player and set it to random, with even more CD’s waiting for their turn to the side. In fact, the hardest part of all was picking my top ten favorite Christmas songs. It’s not quite as bad as picking my favorite alpha (like when someone asked me who I’d choose, Tack or Horse- painful!) but it was close.

You’ll find a link to my Christmas Playlist on Spotify after the Top Ten. Just like all the rest of my playlists, I’m always adding new stuff and changing them up. Enjoy!

My Top Ten Favorite Christmas Songs

White Christmas

I have a distinct memory of my Dad singing this when we were stationed in California when I was around 4 or 5. I was fascinated by his stories of Christmas in his home state of Wisconsin. We were sent to Germany for 5 years, and I finally got to experience a White Christmas of my own, which meant when we ended up in the South, I was the one singing it to my kids and sharing my stories of sledding, snowball fights, and the sheer peaceful feeling that a snowfall on Christmas Eve can bring.

The Little Drummer Boy

Evidently I’ve always been about that Bass, since my absolute favorite Christmas Carol to sing as a child was the Little Drummer Boy. I loved the claymation movie too, so this video is a treat for me!

Mary Did You Know

This is one of those songs that the first time I heard it, I had to stop what I was doing and just listen. It’s a reminder of what the true meaning of Christmas for me is.

Peace On Earth/The Little Drummer Boy

Kristen Ashley mentioned this song in Sweet Dreams and it’s now on my list of favorite Christmas songs. As Bing says, it’s a lovely thing.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

I can’t hear this song without smiling, especially Dean Martin’s version. You can practically hear the ice tinkling in his scotch and soda as he sings.

Christmas Eve/Sarajevo

This song stands on its own as a Christmas must, but I have a huge soft spot for it since I got to see my son perform this on stage with his electric violin. Years in the youth rock orchestra and being able to play on stage with some of the TSO performers and other seriously gifted musicians means TSO and particularly this song hits the top of my list.

Hard Candy Christmas

I’ve loved this song since the first time I heard it while watching the movie “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas”. Strange place to find a favorite Christmas song, I know, but I still love it. I’ve had more than one tight Christmas, especially when I was a single mother and this is one of the songs that got me through.

My Favorite Things

This is one of my all-time favorite songs to sing along with whether it’s Christmas or not. I tend to sing it when I’m in a dark book, to remind myself that there will be light at the end of the tunnel (see my Gypsy Brothers review for an example since I quoted it in the review). But, it’s a Christmas song at its heart and hence it’s spot on my list.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I think this one ties with Rudolph for my husband’s favorite Christmas song. I’m not sure whether I like Dean Martin’s version or Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s version better. Both are just absolute classic Christmas songs.

The Christmas Song

This on barely edged out Elvis Presley’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas (it’s the army brat in me, we always sang that one), but this is a favorite one of mine to sing along to. So many great versions of this are out there, all great but for the purposes of this list, I went with Nat King Cole, because you just can’t go wrong with his.

 

Spice’s Spotify Christmas Playlist

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