Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Music Update

My friends all know that I'm nuts about Christmas music. Last year my sister and I came up with a pretty sweet compilation. So this year, I have some additions to recommend:

Glory in the Highest | Shane and Shane I listen to this from top to bottom all the time. Now, if you don't like S&S you definitely won't enjoy this. Their harmonies and guitar parts are ridiculous. But sometimes they can get a little like Boyz II Men at the end of their songs when they're really goin after it... "Although we've come, to the EEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNNNDDDD OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF THE ROOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDD". This is my favorite new Christmas music this year.

Other Noteworthy Additions:
Winter Song | Sara Bareilles This song is very pretty. "December has seemed so long, you're not where you belong, inside my arms." Whew! Not cheesy when you listen to it, promise.

Jingle All the Way | Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
Yule tide Banjo.

Feliz Navidad | Los Lonely Boys
I'll admit, most of the reason I like this song it because it makes me think of Taco Johns Nachos Navidad

Finally, check out this powerful rendition of O Holy Night. This was sent to me by my friend Dan who is a Vocal Performance/Sacred Music grad-student at UMKC. It defies further description.


Adam Caldwell said...

The more I hear the more I think the S&S album is just ok...and I am really beginning to loathe the "He Was Born to Die" song...that's just irresponsible for a Christmas album, why in the world would you downplay the Incarnation like that?

Professor RJ Gumby said...

OK, for the second time in my life, I had something other than an emotional experience for O Holy Night. The only other time was when one of our family friends tried to sing it with laryngitis ay Christmas Eve service in 1972. Usually that song is tied to warm memories of my mother and her friend singing an amazing duet, but now I have another context. An uncomfortable one, but another one none the less.