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Dec 15 2010

Not your usual holiday sounds

by Dea Anne M

For a number of years, I worked in retail and each holiday season I was loath to play seasonal music at home given how saturated my ears would become at work. I have to say though, there is something about playing those special seasonal sounds that makes the holiday feel complete. There is a wealth of traditional and contemporary music available from DCPL, but if you’re in the mood for something a little off-beat, check out these offerings.

First off, let us remember that Christmas isn’t the only holiday celebrated at this time of year. Although Hanukkah is over for this year, you can still enjoy such music as A Taste of Chanukah and Happy Chanukah Songs. For Kwanzaa, which starts December 26th, you can listen to Kwanzaa Party! and The Kwanzaa Album.

…and on to Christmas specific music…

For fans of early music, there is A Medieval Christmas from The Boston Camerata and On Yoolis Night from Anonymous 4.

Do you like bluegrass? Check out Christmas On the Mountain: A Bluegrass Christmas. Is it jazz you favor? Try A Smooth Jazz Christmasfrom Dave Koz & Friends.

Or select from this Christmas stocking of sounds:

Christmas On the Border (blues and salsa)

Yule B’ Swingin’ (big band)

Surfin’ Christmas (surf stylings)

Mambo Santa Mambo (mambo beats!)

Are you planning a cool, swinging, Mad Men-esque party for the holidays? For your soundtrack, consider Christmas Cocktails I and II or Christmas With the Rat Pack.  Crazy baby!

Finally let us give a thought to a couple of soundtracks which have, for many of us, become holiday classics.

A Charlie Brown Christmas


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

What are your favorite holiday sounds?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Veronica W December 15, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Although the library no longer has a copy of it, Kenny G’s “Miracles: Holiday Album” is a great favorite of mine. I also make it a point to watch “Preacher’s Wife,” with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, as much for the music as for Denzel in his cool grey outfit. Fortunately I own a copy of both since neither is available at this time of year.

Tosh Norfair December 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

What about Paul McCartney & Wings “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time”? Now that is how I know when it is Christmas time once again.

Joseph M December 17, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I just watched A Charlie Brown Christmas last night! “Skating” by Vince Guaraldi Trio always puts me in the holiday spirit.

Jackie G. December 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM

“It’s A Wonderful Life” does it for me everytime!

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