As Christmas time continues, I say one of the best ways to keep the flame burning is to continue to listen to good Christmas music. I wanted to share my favorite Christmas Songs, and favorite versions of those songs. I'd love to hear yours. I'm looking to expand my catalog!
1. Videte Miraculum (Tallis) - Stile Antico - Click here to listen
Videte is a command to "see" - so "SEE the miracle!" May we see it indeed!
2. Oh Holy Night - Home Alone Choir - Click here to listen
Thank you John Williams!
3. Carol of the Bells - Home Alone Choir- Click here to listen
For a kind of snarky Christmas movie, Home Alone sure got two Christmas songs perfectly right!
4. The First Noel - Crash Test Dummies - Click here to listen
Despite being unable to grow a beard at age 34, I actually can only contribute to a choir by singing bass. The guy from Crash Test Dummies gave me hope that people who sing bass actually have a place besides barbershop quartets and Boyz II Men. You may hate this version...but it's my favorite.
5. What Child is This? - John Denver - Click here to listen
This video above has the most beautiful artwork in a Youtube video that I think I've ever seen. Awesome!!!
6. O Magnum Mysterium (Lauridsen) - Choir of Wells Cathedral - Click here to listen
"O Great Mystery!" - that about sums up Christmas!
7. The Angels Cried - Alan Jackson and Alison Krauss - Click here to listen
I am a country guy at heart, and these are two of my favorites. Ms. Krauss even crosses over into my other favorite - bluegrass. Alison Krauss may have the best voice I've ever heard. Beautiful song. And for all the Thomists waiting to pounce - yes I know that Angels do not have bodies so they can not actually cry; nonetheless I like the song.
8. O Come All Ye Faithful - Celine Dion - Click here to listen
That girl can belt out a song, and this is a song that needs to be belted out!
9. O Christmas Tree - Vince Guaraldi Trio (Charlie Brown Christmas) - Click here to listen
The whole Charlie Brown Christmas CD is worth a purchase!
10. Gloria - Thomas Tallis (Tallis Scholars) - Click here to listen
Some Christmas I'm going to scrap together the money to have a choir come do this Mass with me on Christmas morning.
What are your ten favorite?