Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas music

Most years, Jeremy and/or I buy a new album of Christmas music to add to our collection. It's a great opportunity to seek out new music and make sure we don't overdose on our old favorites. An added bonus is that my memories of each Christmas are flavored by whichever album we bought that year.

This year, we bought two albums. One is Loreena McKennitt's latest collection of Christmas music, which includes this gem of Good King Wenceslas.

The other is The Lower Lights' Christmas album. My favorite is their rendition of In the Bleak Midwinter, but the truth about me is that I will love any version of that song on any album, pretty much.

As for old favorites, I still can't get enough of MoTab + The King's Singers O Holy Night.

What surprised me this year was how I fell in love with a Christmas song I've been listening to for five years now but never really liked. It's Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong.


It's one of those songs that's maybe really simple on the surface, so you discard it, but after a while (five years, ahem) you realize that it's actually one of the richest Christmas songs you've ever heard. Minute 2:20 - 2:32 - perfection. I'm so happy my brain caught on and I look forward to loving this song for many years to come.

2 comments:

Jen said...

My favorite on The Lower Lights' Christmas album is "Stars of Glory." (Do you have their hymn revival albums? A woman sings the best arrangement of "Ye Elders of Israel" I've ever heard.)

I think it's a fantastic tradition to buy new Christmas music each year--and we might steal the idea! My favorite go-to, though, is James Taylor. Love. Him.

Jeremy Palmer said...

We have found some great Christmas music. I even listen to it throughout the year at times... Thanks for the post!

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