You knew it was coming. I’ve blogged about movies and cookies already, so music couldn’t be too far behind. 😉 I have two things to say about Christmas music. First, I do love the traditional stuff, and quite a bit of the modern songs, as long as they’re not too ridiculous. Second, Christmas music should never be played until after Thanksgiving. Period. I know a lady who was born and raised in Germany, and she said they considered it very bad luck over there to play Christmas music until December. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I hope it is, and wish it was true here.
Anyway, I think music is one of the most powerful forces in the world. It can take me back to a memory faster than almost anything! So it makes perfect sense to me that music is such an integral part of Christmas. I like to think those first Herald Angels, some two thousand years ago were singing hymns of pure joy!
Because we begin this season with Advent, I want to mention some “prepare the way” sort of songs first. The most obvious being “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel“, which I never tire of. My favorite version of that is by Enya. So haunting! I also really love “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence“. I think that may just be one of my favorite songs. Ever. And I think that the song “Mary Did You Know?” could probably go in either category, but either way, I love it. (I know that there are some people who think it’s sacrilegious, but I disagree.)
I have several Christmas songs I really love, as I mentioned in my first post. I think my all-time favorite is “O Holy Night“, and my favorite version of it is by Christan Raxter. I think I have a copy of him singing it on disc somewhere. . . I also love “Carol of the Bells“, because the rushing crescendo really seems to catch the frenzy of the pre-Christmas days. The shopping, cooking, cleaning, decorating, parties, wrapping, and so on. Enough activity to spread out all year, packed into a few short weeks! Trans-Siberian Orchestra does my favorite version of that one, although Christan used to do a variation of it where he combined it with “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” that was absolutely amazing!
As far as modern-style, or secular, Christmas songs, I guess my favorite one is “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)“, by John Lennon. I also really like “Hard Candy Christmas” by Dolly Parton! One that always makes me cry is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas“. I don’t really care who sings that one, as long as it’s someone along the lines of Frank Sinatra or Bing Crosby. 😉 And I don’t think I would be able to celebrate Christmas without “Christmastime Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi. If you don’t recognize this title, I’m sure you’ve heard it. It’s the song at the beginning of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
There are so many others that I really enjoy, and look forward to hearing every year. I would really learning what songs you love best. Leave me a comment and let me know your favorites! 😀