December 29, 2008
As someone who loves video game music and is trying follow Jesus Christ I am so happy to know about the 8-bit Christmas album. Now we need some classic video game songs (Zelda theme, Mario theme, Gradius, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy I - 6, etc.) redone with God-honoring lyrics. If anyone is interested in doing this check out <a href="http://www.ocremix.org" rel="nofollow">http://www.ocremix.org</a> , an organization that hosts and promotes video game music remixes.
Our house had Barenaked for the Holidays, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Christmas with Weezer in heavy rotation. They were all just the right balance of sacred and goofy.
Christmas isn't over. Before the evening of December 24th Christmas hadn't even really started. It's Christmas, keep enjoying the music and put the celebration back into it's liturgical context!<br><br>Having said that, I'm a big fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
lost christmas eve, Trans Siberiann Orchestra ,What child child is this?
My two favorite newer Christmas albums are Relient K's "Let it Snow Baby... Let it Reindeer" and Michael W. Smith's latest "It's a Wonderful Christmas". Smith's is the best of the three he's released so far, with some of the most beautiful music I've heard. Relient K's is obviously nothing like that, but I love most anything by them.
The music of my Christmas, for the most part, was the same as the music of the rest of the year. The only Christmas album i listened to was Relient K's "Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer". Other than that, the only Christmas music I heard was forced upon me by the stores.
Those sound like fun choices, Brad. Christmas with Weezer? I liked that band back in college but haven't really kept up... sounds pretty entertaining though!
Thanks for the link to OC Remix. That's a phenomenal site.<br><br>Have you tried your hand at any game remixes like the ones you describe?
I really loved Rosie Thomas's new christmas album, and Sixpence None the Richer's.
Thanks for the Andrea Bocelli recommendation. I would love to hear some holiday songs by Emma Shapplin. Have you heard of The Layaways? I think I appreciate the classics more every year such as: Ella Fitzgerald, Gladys Knight, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash.
It's probably amazingly un-holy of me, but I still love "Christmas with the Rat Pack" ( <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Rat-Pack-Frank-Sinatra/dp/B00006IJWZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1230625379&sr=8-1" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.co.uk/Christ...</a> ) around Christmas time. That and "A Very Veggie Christmas" ( <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Very-Veggie-Christmas/dp/B001LGWDES/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1230625439&sr=8-1" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Very...</a> )
"Songs for Christmas" is in heavy rotation for me, too, Andy. Every year I find another song of that compilation that I somehow missed last season.
You have until January 6 for the twelve days of Christmas to be over. My mom used to listen to Hank Snow's Christmas album and Bing Crosby's White Christmas when I was a child. Bing has been part of my Christmas ever since, and always will be (I am 39, for real, not in a Jack Benny way). This year I found Hank Snow's Christmas music on the internet and bought it for mom. Now we will continue to have him in our Christmas soundtrack for years to come. In case you aren't familiar with these, the albums contain both secular and sacred Christmas music. Some of the songs sung by Hank Snow are not sung by anyone else.
I been going through a lot lately,but one of the favorite songs was when i'am not feeling to good i just think of my favorite and most beautiful things and then i don't feel so bad and i think this is a classic and lurther vandross sing this on his christmas ablum.God bless hope everyone have a full and bless/healthy year.
My favorite new album I added to the rotation this year was Fernando Ortega's Christmas Songs. Good Stuff.
Definitely "All I Want for Christmas (Is to Get It Krunk)" by the Dirty Boyz. Okay, there's a little bit of not good for the kids in it, but it's really smartly done and funky. I listen to it at least once daily during the Christmas season . . . along with the entire album "It's Christmas Time" by City on a Hill. The song "Bethlehem Town" by Jars of Clay is amazing: the narrator contemplates how Mary "gave birth to the death that would bring us to life," and that thought alone brings tears to my worshipful eyes every time. <br><br>Also this year downloaded for free Sojourn's Christmas album <a href="https://www.noisetrade.com/sojourn" rel="nofollow">"Advent Songs"</a> from <a href="http://noisetrade.com" rel="nofollow">noisetrade.com</a>--beautiful, highly recommended!
I guess I am a bit old for this blog because I just like the old Christmas Carols sung by choirs. One relatively newer song that I love is Mary, Did you know. Do you know of a CD that has a good rendition of it?
We liked Trans-Siberian Orchestra this year, lots of fun!
I sing with two church sponsored musical groups: a Worship Choir that performs a blend of traditional and light contemporary Christian music; and with Act of God, a group that features singers, musicians, entertainers and gospel presenters in nursing homes. In both groups we performed classic Christian Christmas hymns, contemporary ones ('Why' and 'Follow The Light' from Gather music), and secular songs like 'White Christmas.' It's a joy not only to hear the music but to be "in the game" helping to share the Good News.
Is Christmas a pop category now? I like the choir of St. Paul and St. Mary, Westminster Cathedral, I'm getting a little tired of Mormon Tabernacle Choir (sound too commercial somehow), but I still like Robert Shaw Chorale, and I have this Celtic Christmas CD I picked up at a rummage sale...
Being a Church Musician, I am very partial to choral music at Christmas. This year was Carols from Cambridge (Rutter), and Dawn of Redeeming Grace (St. Olaf in the 1990s). I LOVE Kenny Rogers' "The Gift", The Julie Andrews Christmas Album," Judy Collins' "Come Rejoice," and of course, the standards - the first Streisand Christmas album (even though she's Jewish), Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby.
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