Music is a big deal at our house…I don’t remember music not being a part of my life, really. The two things we always had was plenty of books and plenty of music. I started piano in kindergarten, added Band in 5th grade, then choir in 9th grade.
Over those years Christmas was a busy but special time. I sang, accompanied, played in concerts at school and at church. To me Christmas began in October, when we started the Christmas music. Likewise, our girls had much the same experience. They began Suzuki violin and cello at age 4, and so had Suzuki and, starting in 4th grade, school events as well. That continued through high school, with many gigs, concerts, special music, orchestra accompaniment, etc.
So, we have seen A LOT of arrangements of A LOT of songs over the years, and we definitely have some favorites! Some are very traditional and some are brand new. If you’ve actually clicked the links on my Advent Reflections posts, you have heard some of the variety of the music I love at Christmas.
So…my favorites for 2016?
HAndel’s Messiah — all of it, though the strings on Glory to God is one of my all time favorite spots.
Christmas Worship by Paul Baloche–this man has a gift for words and arrangements
Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album–what a beautiful voice and diction
Pentatonix–their arrangements are fresh, a little edgy, but the harmony….oh my!
O come o come Emmanuel
LO, How a Rose ‘Er Blooming
Playing Lorie Line for myself
Angels We Have Heard on High
Ukrainian Bell Carol (with bells of course)
How about you? Share your favorites!