It’s the first Sunday of Advent. In our house that means the Christmas music has started. From now through Epiphany, for hours each day, via cassette tapes, compact discs and mp3 files, Christmas music will resound.
A New England Christmas and Feliz Navidad in Santa Fe. Handel’s Messiah in both its traditional and soulful interpretations. Gregorian chant and rap. Blues and bluegrass. Jazz and country. Rock and gospel. Celtic and soul. Calypso and New Age. Acoustic, electric and electronic. Sacred and secular. Vocal, instrumental and a capella. Devotional, sensual and materialistic.
Yo-Yo Ma and Bootsy Collins. Doris Day and the Ramones (on the same CD!). The McGarrigles and the Nevilles. Gene Autry and Mahalia Jackson. Ella Fitzgerald and James Taylor. The London Symphony Orchestra and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Angelique Kidjo and Papa Wemba. Sting and Enya. The St. Louis Jesuits and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Run-DMC and Rascal Flatts. Bing Crosby and Ray Charles. The Pussycat Dolls and the Indigo Girls. Dolly Parton and Stevie Wonder. Cee-Lo Green and the Muppets. And more. So much more. Read the rest of this entry »