Hey y’all… just thought I’d take a quick minute to stop in and say hello. The choice to take on major home renovations immediately upon moving in is not such a wise decision and I’m in a bit over my head. I truly hope things start to settle down after the holidays and I can get back to regular programming.
In the meantime I wanted to share with you some of the albums I’m currently jamming to in preparation of the Christmas holiday. I will link to the album on Amazon when you click the title. Feel free to comment with some of your own favorites.
First, as always, my favorite of all time…
John Denver And The Muppets: A Christmas Together
This album always gets top billing because it brings with it such fond childhood memories. Highlights include: Miss Piggy singing “Five GOLD Rings, ba dum bump”, The Muppets singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and Miss Piggy hearing “piggy pudding” and then being corrected with “figgy pudding, it’s made with figs” only to have someone in the background whisper “and bacon” (I always laugh out loud), and the late great John Denver singing so melodically. God bless him. May he rest in peace.
Dean Martin: Christmas With Dino
Highlights include rare Christmas gems such as “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” (his version is my favorite), “A Winter Romance” (also my favorite version), and “The Christmas Blues”. Excellent.
Also a classic…
Merry Christmas: Johnny Mathis
It’s gotta be the album with Johnny skiing or nothing else. This album is a must have for Christmas as I believe everyone’s parents played this non-stop as they were growing up. My mom always busted out this album to kick off the Christmas season and to this day it remains a favorite. Highlights include: “What Child Is This” as Johnny loves to add extra letters to his words, “The babe, the so-un, of Me-hery”.
One that’s not hear often but is quite enjoyable…
Christmas With The Beach Boys
This album is perfect when you’re wishing you were someplace warm without getting too Jimmy Buffetty on ya. Highlights include: “Little Saint Nick” and “The Man With All The Toys”.
Another goodie from way back when…
Stevie Wonder: Someday At Christmas
This Motown classic is something I can listen to non-stop. Highlights include: “What Christmas Means To Me”, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me”, and “One Little Christmas Tree”. Hands-down this album should be ranked in the top 10 Christmas albums of all-time. Seriously. Love it.
To bring this a little more current…
James Taylor: At Christmas
I know a lot of people dislike James Taylor but I’m telling you folks this album is where it’s at (except for “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because I just do not care for that version). Highlights include: “Some Children See Him” (which is just no where else to be found and is one of my favorites ever) and “River” (which he does best of all).
Next, another rather current one…
Josh Groban: Noel
I’m sorry y’all but this album brings tears to my eyes. Very good tears. Some folks don’t dig his style but I love me some Josh Groban. The man can sing. Highlights include: “Little Drummer Boy” (which features all the soldiers sending holiday wishes back home), “Thankful” (which gives me goose bumps), “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” (with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), and his version of “Ave Maria” which is superb.
Here we have a compilation but all the CD’s are worth it…
Pottery Barn: Classic Christmas Volume I *Volume II* and Volume III
I’ve linked to the other two compilations as well as the one disc I truly find myself listening to over and over, Volume II. In fact, Volume II is in the car right now. I re-play Kay Starr’s version of “Man With The Bag” and sing along at the top of my lungs (only when no one is in the vehicle with me, of course). This trilogy is actually the second Pottery Barn Christmas set I own. They are both fantastic.
A Christmas album with a solidly Christian theme…
City On A Hill: It’s Christmas Time
This is probably my favorite “Christian” Christmas album. However, skip over “Away In A Manger”. That version makes me want to rip my ears off my head. UGH. The rest of the album is awesome. Highlights include: “Holy Emmanuel” which makes me bop my head and I love it, “Babe In The Straw”, and “Manger Throne”. Really though, all the songs are great.
Finally, a wonderfully classic album that transitions as one long piece…
Carpenters: Christmas Portrait
Rest in peace, Karen Carpenter. This album is one of my favorites because I love how the songs transition into one another and you don’t know where one stops and the other starts. The medleys are fantastic and I love that there are instrumental pieces thrown in for good measure. Highlights include: The ever famous “Merry Christmas Darling”, “It’s Christmas Time”, “Christmas Waltz”, and “Little Altar Boy”. Of course, we can’t forget Karen singing “Christ Is Born” (which is much better than her “Ave Maria”).
Okay, thoughts? Is there an album I didn’t mention that you can’t live without? I always get excited when Mariah Carey sings “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and I really love “Wonderful Christmastime” by Wings and “Step Into Christmas” by Elton John. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with family and friends.
God bless y’all!