A Little Christmas Music

I love Christmas music (as long as you are playing it after Thanksgiving and no later than Christmas Day or New Year’s Day at the latest), so I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

Over the RhineOver the Rhine

  • Snow Angels – A truly unique collection of original Christmas songs from an exceptional indie band.  I particularly enjoy All I Ever Get for Christmas Is Blue and Snowed in with You.

Vince Guaraldi TrioVince Guaraldi Trio

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas – What’s not to like about this masterpiece?  There’s nothing like a little Charlie Brown to usher in the Christmas mood.

Harry Connick, Jr.Harry Connick, Jr.

  • When My Heart Finds Christmas – I love Connick’s gutsy big band arrangements of classic Christmas tunes mixed in with some of his own compositions.  Particularly fun are (It Must’ve Been Ol’) Santa Claus and I Pray on Christmas.

The Robert Shaw ChoraleChristmas with the Robert Shaw Chorale

  • Christmas with Robert Shaw – A veritable compendium of classic carols in timeless arrangements, this massive library of great music makes me want to grab a mug of hot spiced cider and sit by the fire.  Shaw’s version of Carol of the Bells is fabulous.

AvalonAvalon

  • Joy – For pop-infused Christmas music new and old, look no further.  Sometimes I just want to hear up pop Christmas music, and here is where I go.

Erin O’DonnellErin O'Donnell

  • Christmas Time Is Here – I love Erin’s playful, jazzy carols.  I have used several of them in church services very successfully, but I just love to hear and play these arrangements.

Israel and New BreedA Timeless Christmas

  • A Timeless Christmas – Israel Houghton takes your favorite Christmas pieces both classical and traditional and wrestles them into fantastic and mind-bending Gospel/jazz arrangements.  This album always puts a bounce in my step!

What are some of your favorite holiday recordings?

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