Do You Hear What I Hear?
We love the holidays and one of our favorite things about the holidays is the music. I'm fairly certain we have just about every holiday song in existence. As always we added a few more to our collection this year.
Joy To The World - Pink Martini
We were especially pleased that one of our favorite groups, Pink Martini, produced Joy to the World this year. Pink Martini is a 14-piece band formed in Portland, Oregon. They include lounge, classical and jazz into their eclectic musical stylings. This collection is truly a global treasure trove featuring classical Christmas tunes in Italian, German and Arabic! Also included are songs for Chanukah, including "Elohai, N'tzor" with Ida Rah Cahana and NPR's Ari Shapiro and "8 Little Candles." This is a very special CD and we highly recommend picking it up or downloading it today.
Christmas - Michael Buble
If you're a fan of the rat pack and big band music this album will be right up your alley. Buble's silky smooth voice is perfect for these Christmas classics. He brings his style and flare to every rendition.
A Holiday Carole - Carole King
After touring with James Taylor, Carole King is back and better than ever. "A Holiday Carole" is her first studio album in 10 years and it's worth the wait. Her daughter Louise Goffin handled the production and writing on the original songs. Holiday classics like "Sleigh Ride" and "Do You Hear What I Hear" along with the "Chanukah Prayer," Latin inspired "Christmas Paradise" and "New Year's Day" are all soon to be radio standards.
A Very She & Him Christmas - She & Him
The quirky Zoey Deschanel(She) and M. Ward (Him) lend their own unique sound to this selection of Christmas standards. Granted this may be a case of you love them or hate them but either way they are definitely creative. Their take on "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is very reminiscent of the Carpenters rendition.
A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio
It's not new but it is certainly a perrenial classic, and more importantly my favorite. Loving all things Peanuts the music from this television classic immediately takes me back to my childhood and the beginning of the holiday season. It is all at once inspiring, reflective and feel-good music. You can't help but smile when "Linus & Lucy" comes on, and "Christmas Time Is Here" always softens even the hardest heart. If this album isn't in your collection, go get it immediately.
Glee the Christmas Album Volume 2
Before you start grumbling about the inclusion of this album let me say that I too have been disappointed in this seasons Glee, BUT...I still love their singing and harmonizing. The "kids" still sound great and even if you don't buy it give a listen to my favorite track #6 a cover of legend and musical goddess Joni Mitchell's "River." It's well worth the listen.
Herb Alpert - Christmas Album
I have to admit that I just recently discovered this one and I have no idea why. It should have been in my collection years ago. I've always loved Herb Albert and his Tijuana Brass. Heck, I grew up listening to them on my parents very cool console stereo that was a huge piece of furniture in our living room. The sound of that brass instantly puts me in a good mood no matter what and this album is no exception. I've never been a big fan of Herb's singing voice but you can manage to get through it on the holiday songs. Yah!
Whether you pick up some new music or dust off your oldies, adding music to your day (especially during the holidays) will be sure to add a little spring to your step and have you humming your favorites.
Be sure to let us know what some of the holiday songs you enjoy, whether classics or something new. Happy listening!