Here’s a post from last year to kick off your week of less-traditional, yet totally worthy holiday listening.
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately on the “Christmas Channel” radio stations. What starts out in early December as great traditional fare seems to devolve as the holiday approaches. Singers and arrangers with markedly less talent and imagination dominate the airwaves. The classy arrangements and vocal stylings of Nat King Cole or the Harry Simeone Chorale are replaced by the latest pop singer with little concept of vocal support; nor have they been advised that certain songs simply don’t work when you belt them out.
So, I relegate myself to my classic CDs, and now to streaming of albums and artists that capture the season for me. But as with everything, there is always more to discover. What happens when we get tired of the popular stylings and even the usual classical fare (aka, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah)? Where do we turn for some really interesting and quality Christmas…
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