Monday, November 30, 2009

Just Say Bliss with my Christmas Play List!

Here's a hot holiday news flash for you. My 2009 Christmas playlist is complete, and I'm handing out a few musical tips for your auditory pleasure:

It Wasn't His Child by Trisha Yearwood (not a big country fan, but this song gets to me)
Only at Christmas Time and Joy to the World by Sufjan Stevens
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Jack Johnson
In the Bleak Midwinter by Loreena Mckennitt (I like James Taylor's even better, but I used that last year)
I Saw Three Ships by Sting (a really cool Celtic version)
The Christmas Song and I Believe by Andrea Bocelli and Natalie Cole (sheer heaven)
Christmas in Killarney by The Irish Rovers (totally eclipses Bing Crosby's version)
Still Still Still by Afterglow (warm and peaceful times ten)
Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder (the guy who wrote it in the first place)
Grown-Up Christmas List by Michael Buble (also love it by Amy Grant)
Christmas Time is Here by Sarah McLachlan (Charlie Brown nostalgia always satisfies)
Frosty the Snowman by Dan Tyminski (more nostalgia)
Winter Wonderland by Vince Gill (again, better by James Taylor, but I did that last year, too)
Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Straight No Chaser
Pretty much anything at all by Straight No Chaser (an a capella group)
Christmas songs in general by John Denver (who knew?)

Having given you the official list for this year, may I add that the best Christmas CD anywhere is James Taylor at Christmas? I have never heard its equal. My next three favorites of all time are A Christmas Album, Christmas to Remember, and Home for Christmas by Amy Grant. (I know. She isn't a big fan of Mormons. But this Mormon is still a big fan of her Christmas music.) Joy: A Holiday Collection by Jewel rates high, too. And don't miss Andrea Bocelli's new one.

Remember the old standards, too, because Christmas wouldn't be the same without 'em: White Christmas by Bing Crosby and The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. Slightly newer standards, like Christmas Portrait and An Old-Fashioned Christmas by the Carpenters, are wonderful as well.

For me, this time of year is all about the music. And there's some pretty great stuff out there.

Time to get in the mood, folks. We're kicking off December tomorrow!




Carolyn said...

Good stuff. I used to like Amy Grant too. But somehow her views take away from her music...that's just me. I wish I could forget what she's said.

Amy said...

So you are an answer to my scrooge problem! I am going to leave my computer open to your blog just to get your music. Your playlist is fare superior to mine! Where do you find such great music?
Of course you are missing Santa Baby and I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas... but aside from that,!

Sue said...

Santa Baby was last year, else it would be there, too!


Lisa said...

sigh, you had me at James Taylor

karen said...

What a great playlist! I agree - where do you find all of this? You must spend a long time doing it. Thanks for the Christmas cheer!

Karen said...

Where, Oh Where is RuPaul?

Just Kidding! I am starting Christmas music today!!

Darlene said...

I love Andrea's new Christmas album, except for the duet with Mary Blige. I especially love the duet with Natalie. Would like to hear some more of your choices for this year. Guess I'll just have to wait until we get up there for Christmas. In the meantime, we are enjoying a lot of our old Christmas albums and I really love our old Josh Groban's from last year I believe.

VK said...

Christmas music is just the BEST. That's all there is to it.

Em said...

frank sinatra has taken over my speakers.

Sue said...

Yep, I like Frank, too. And the Carpenters!

Jess said...

Love the playlist, it is fabulous! Thanks for sharing and helping me decorate to good music, Josh Groban's O Holy Night is heavenly too.

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