Thursday, December 08, 2011


Kevin-Now that I am five I am not as interested in cheetahs.
Me-what are you interested in then?

Eliminating Vince's music, what is your favorite holiday CD. I need some new music to play, so help me out.

I'll be back. Giving a speech about writing as a profession to a kindergarten class.


Jerry House said...

I WONDER AS I WANDER. The words speak to me.

Kitty is partial to O COME, O COME EMMANUEL.

Anonymous said...

Good luck. Be careful of that kid Kevin's questions.


I'm not a big fan of Christmas music in general, but there are a few things I like: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, I'll Be Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song.

I hate Bing Crosby, however.

Jeff M.

Randy Johnson said...

there's no such thing for me.

George said...

I'm a fan of Joy To The World by
John Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra. Great sound!

Naomi Johnson said...

That's a speech I'd like to hear!

I fell in love with the Christmas album Hall & Oates put out a couple of years ago. It's one of only three or four Christmas albums that I actually enjoy the entire album.

pattinase (abbott) said...

It's the questions that were fun.

Deb said...

Secular: THE MOST FABULOUS CHRISTMAS ALBUM EVER (that's it's name) which contains everything from "Jingle Bells" by Glen Miller to "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt.

Sacred: SONGS OF ANGELS: CHRISTMAS HYMNS & CAROLS by The Robert Shaw Chamber Singers.

I love Christmas music and have lots of it, so I could offer other choices. My favorite secular Christmas song is Elton John's "Step into Christmas." My favorite Christmas hymn (although it's actually sung during Advent) is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." I'm a regular churchgoer and I never miss the four Sundays leading up to Christmas because we sing it every Sunday, adding two verses each time until on the Sunday before Christmas we sing ALL EIGHT VERSES. Spectacular!

Rejoice, rejoice....

pattinase (abbott) said...

We have a dozen or so. Love MOTOWN Christmas, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and of course, the Charlie Brown.

K. A. Laity said...

I refuse to hear them anytime but the actual Xmas day (maybe eve) at my brother's but hands-down the best is A John Waters Xmas, but I also enjoy Rockin' Little Xmas, Dean Martin Xmas, Johnny Cash Xmas and the Squirrel Nut Zippers album whatever it might be called (I don't have any of these with me). I also enjoy a couple of Finnish and Swedish Xmas collections but I don't know if they will appeal to those who don't reenact Fanny and Alexander every year...

John said...

Piano masterpiece: George Winston's DECEMBER. He was a big fan of Vince Guaraldi and used to hand out the sheet music to "Linus and Lucy" (that famous song that the kids dance to in the Christmas special) at his concerts.

Jazz: JINGLE BELL JAZZ featuring Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Dave Brubeck and others. The CD is different from the record though.

Silly & Fun: HIPSTERS' HOLIDAY w/ Louis Armstrong doing "Cool Yule" and "Zat You Santa Claus", Miles Davis & Bob Dorough's "Blue Xmas" and other wacky novelty songs.

Rock: Every year for the past five or so years The Killers release a new single for Christmas. "A Great Big Sled" is the best so far. Last year's was a morose tribute to It's A Wonderful Life Too somber for my tastes. I'm a big fan of rock covers of traditional Christmas tunes as well.

Classic Duet: The David Bowie/Bing Crosby duet of "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" will always top my list of favorites.

frank said...

Mario Lanza - Christmas - The Virgin's Slumber Song is the ultimate Christmas song

pattinase (abbott) said...

That one is new to me. Have to search it out.

Richard L. Pangburn said...

We're not church-goers at all, but Christmas music is a big part of our holidays.

We enjoy such a wide variety of Christmas music that most anything will do. Our newest CDs lean toward the secular, the Irish, and the classical: John McDermott's tenor on THE HOLLY AND THE IVY, Josh Groban's NOEL, Jackie Evancho's O HOLY NIGHT, Celtic Woman's Christmas CD, Loreena McKennitt's TO DRIVE THE COLD WINTER AWAY.

All of those make good reading background music.

We also like Christmas piano music, Roger Williams, George Winston, Oscar Peterson's light jazz, and some other upbeat and smooth jazz arrangements that I downloaded back in the Napster/Music Gallary days, preserved on our CDs but otherwise gone with the wind.