November 17th, 2014
One morning after dropping my kids off at school. I decided to go to the market to pick up something special to fix for dinner that evening, since it was a Friday and Friday is movie night.
As I got out of my car and began walking towards the market, the first thing I noticed were the pre-decorated Christmas wreathes outside the store. As I went through the sliding doors it was no way to ignore the Christmas Holiday. With the synchronized LED lights flickering along the aisles and a Santa display in the middle of the market, I realized that I hadn’t gotten into the holiday spirit yet. In years past it was always a song on the radio or the holiday lights in front of a house that got me in the mood. When I returned home I went into the basement and started rummaging through my Christmas decorations. That’s when it hit me. Let me see what holiday music is on hoopla? I pulled out my phone, touched my hoopla app, typed “Thanksgiving.”
I quickly downloaded “A Motown Thanksgiving Celebration”, “We Give Thanks: 15 Thanksgiving Hymns on Piano” and the perfectly titled “Music for Thanksgiving Dinner.” Now that Thanksgiving’s music was taken care of – I typed “Christmas music” and myriad of albums appeared on my screen.
The first album that caught my attention was “Christmastide” And “In The Spirit” by opera singer Jessye Norman. This 2CD set covers all of the holiday classics such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Oh Emmanuel.” All of the songs are sung in an operatic style which really gives the listener the feeling they’re sitting in a grand theatre. Other notable albums I borrowed were “40 years: A Charlie Brown Christmas by David Benoit.” This jewel of a CD features a number of jazz artists doing their interpretations of this childhood favorite. Notable stand outs are “Christmas Time Is Coming” and Brian McKnight singing the classic “Christmas Time Is Here”. If you’re not in a traditional mood and want something different check out The Rippington’s “Curves Ahead.” It’s not holiday music per se but the sound of this CD will put you in a wintery bliss. If you want something jazzy for a Grown Up and Sexy holiday bash, check out “Christmas Party – Holiday Piano Spiked With Swing” by Dave McKenna. The title alone says it all.