I love Christmas time. I love the lights, the tree, the movies, the get togethers, the hordes of cookies and candy around the house and office, I love it all. Even the shopping, as long as its done online. As I have probably mentioned in previous years, I come from a long line of Christmas aficionados so I suppose this affection for the season is inbred. So, in that spirit and being that a week from today is Christmas Day, I am going to attempt (operative word) to post a Christmasy post everyday this week.
It should be obvious by now to the Regulars that I have a wide ranging catalog of festive music, some bad, but mostly good. These are a few of my fave Christmas instrumentals, which are of course available for your listening pleasure in the Box in the left hand sidebar:
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time Is Here: This is off of the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, which as a whole is one of my favorite Christmas albums (when was the last time you heard someone use the word album?). Who would have thought a kids cartoon Christmas special would have such a sophisticated soundtrack. Its great for turning off all the lights except the ones on the tree and just relaxing to the cool West Coast jazz of Vince Guaraldi and his two compadres. And for the record, A Charlie Brown Christmas is the best Christmas special ever.
Barenaked Ladies – Carol of the Bells – A smooth electric organ version of this classic. The Barenaked Ladies Christmas CD is also one of my faves. More on that tomorrow.
Al Caiola – Holiday On Skis – The perfect song for a Christmas video montage. Campy and awesome. I found this on the Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails disc.
Manheim Steamroller – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – It isn’t Christmas without the Steamroller and this is one of their best in this bloggers humble opinion. Maybe it should be called God Rocks Ye Merry Gentlemen!
Manheim Steamroller – Hallelujah – 18th century oratorio meets 1980’s synthesizer. Does it get any better than that? I submit to you that it does not.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night – You’ve gotta wonder how the genesis of TSO went. A bunch of dudes from over the hill 80’s big hair bands get together to form a light metal supergroup that plays only Christmas music. You can’t make this stuff up. And the result? We rock you a merry Christmas!
So there you go. Enjoy the music and if you’ve got any favorites of your own shoot me a comment. I’m always looking for more to add to the library.