Monday, December 04, 2006

Getting Into the Spirit

I'm in the process of getting all our holiday preparations underway. I've already started thinking about the menu (and about delegating dishes for willing guests to contribute), and Husband and I put every table we own (we own three, in case you were wondering) in the dining room to see if we could seat everyone who's expected for Christmas dinner (we can!). I've got a to-do list of things I don't want to forget to get done as December 25th gets closer and I feel more harried - cleaning the downstairs bathroom, cleaning the loft in anticipation of Beloved-Brother-In-Law's arrival, buying, washing and ironing table cloths, that sort of thing.

At least four of my christmas-themed CDs has come courtesy of Hallmark: James Taylor, Michael McDonald and two multi-artist collections. I went to iTunes the other day and bought a Charlie Brown Christmas album and Sarah McLachlan's holiday CD. Over the years, I've managed to collect most of the Very Special Christmas CDs, and have downloaded various classics from the likes of Burl Ives, Johnny Mathis and Frank Sinatra.

I have some favorite pieces. I love most of the Charlie Brown soundtrack, mostly because I have fond memories of watching the christmas special on television as a kid.

My appreciation of jazzy understatement is carried over in the Snowbound album by a group called Fourplay. I love pretty much everything that both Michael McDonald and James Taylor have ever done, so it's no big leap to think that their offerings of holiday music are among my favorites.

I haven't listened to the Sarah McLachlan CD all the way through yet, but the snippet of Song for a Winter's Night that I listened to while trying to decide whether to pony up the ten bucks for the download brought tears to my eyes.

My all-time favorite christmas song comes from Sting. He offered a version of Gabriel's Message to one of the Very Special Christmas CDs (I'm not sure which one, exactly), and I love it. It's essentially just his voice, layered back upon itself at least four times. I haven't figured out how to add audio to blog entries, or I'd post it for you. It really is stunning.

(Note: This is not an official Hot People post. Any similarity to a Hot People post is entirely coincidental.)


Blogger Teacher Anonymous said...

Barenaked Ladies have a pretty good Christmas album. Some new songs, some old, done in a style that's fun but not overwhelming.

1:43 AM  
Blogger Mrs.Chili said...

I only have one BNL Christmas song - God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen with Sarah McLachlan. I was sure I had more when I read your comment, and was unpleasantly surprised when I went to double-check. Perhaps another trip to iTunes is in order?

6:58 AM  
Blogger Kizz said...

Someone else interesting has put out a new Christmas CD but I can't remember who.

I cannot actually claim copyright on the idea of Hot People posts so I'm totally OK if anyone else wants to post Hot People. I figure we could all use more hot people dotted liberally around the internet.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs.Chili said...

Oh, please. You are TOTALLY Mistress of the Hot People - no one does it like you...

4:40 PM  
Anonymous nhfalcon said...

I didn't particularly care for Sting's contribution to A Very Special Christmas (it was the 1st one, I think, btw). Not be cause of Sting or the version he did, nut because of the song in general, I think.

Bob Seger's Little Drummer Boy and Stevie Nick's Silent Night were utterly BRILLIANT, however!

I also really liked Extreme's "Christmastime Again."

An absolutely BEAUTIFUL Christmas song is "Here Is Christmas" by Ann and Nancy Wilson (formerly of Heart). If you've never heard it - download it!

12:18 AM  
Blogger Mrs.Chili said...

Falcon, isn't that funny - none of the artists you mention even come close to being on my list of favorites.

There are only one or two songs from Segar that I like, and almost none from Stevie Nicks (her voice bugs me). Honestly, I HATED Heart in high school, but, because I like and trust you, I'll go have a listen to their song...

6:58 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

I see that you mention
He offered a version of Gabriel's Message to one of the Very Special Christmas CDs (I'm not sure which one, exactly)
Perhaps this might be of some help Adding Audio to posts
Thank you
Kindly ignore if this is inaapproptiate comment..i didnt knw where else to post.

4:29 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Sorry wanted to quote this...
I haven't figured out how to add audio to blog entries, or I'd post it for you. It really is stunning.
my mistake

4:30 AM  

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