Monday, 24 December 2012

Music Monday: it's (nearly) Christmas!

Christmas music, to me, means playing Sufjan Stevens on repeat for the whole month of December.  With ten (yes, ten!) CDs of Christmas music released across two box sets, Stevens has a Christmas song for every occassion.  From traditional carols - his versions of Oh Holy Night and Joy To The World are stunning - to Christmas standards - Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - to original songs such as Sister Winter and Christmas Unicorn, his collected festive songs are equal parts melancholy and joy: just like Christmas itself.  I've chosen the video for one of his original songs, Christmas In The Room; a soulful paean to spending a less commerical Christmas with the one you love.

I've also been listening to a lot of Andy Williams this year (I might have made the boy sit through not only the Strictly Come Dancing final on Saturday, but also the whole Andy Williams At Christmas album, poor guy) and love this version of Carol Of The Bells.

And finally, a bit of Ella Fitzgerald singing The Christmas Song: just about the most perfect festive tune of all time.

Have a fabulous Christmas everyone, and I'll see you the other side!

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