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The Den Mother’s Christmas Music Sampler, Vol. 5

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 06:47 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

(Click here to listen to today’s music in a separate window/tab while you read about it below.)

Every year, I have to brag just a bit about the immense talent of people I know. A few of those people appear on Christmas albums. What I really want to do is put up the entire albums, but then I would have to post duplicates next year (although at least one of them has a new Christmas recording I don’t yet have). So without further ado, here is one song from each of my singer friends or family members.

  • Maria Ferrante is the older sister of one of my high school friends. She was a sort of hippie-folk guitarist and singer whose undeveloped soprano voice was discovered by a college professor, if I’m remembering correctly, and the rest is history. Here she sings “Gesu Bambino,” accompanied by local organist Marjorie Ness.
  • Since he was a high school student, David Foley’s strong tenor voice was a Christmas staple at my church. David is now an actor/singer who, last I heard, was working in Florida. When he recorded his Christmas CD, he included “O Holy Night,” which people at St. Mary’s consider his signature piece.
  • My cousin Kate is a member of New York City’s Amor Artis Chamber Choir, whose Christmas albums are among my favorites. I have selected their rendition of “Adeste Fideles,” though any of their work would be worth showcasing. One of these days I will get down to Manhattan to hear them perform live.
  • For something a little (OK, a lot) different, I had to include something by local saxophonist Elan Trotman, whom I met a couple of times when he performed with singer/guitarist/ballplayer Bronson Arroyo back when Arroyo was with the Red Sox. Elan’s Facebook page shows that they still perform together. From his CD A Reggae Christmas is “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
  • Today’s sampler ends on a traditional note, with a beautiful “Christmas Day Medley” by the boys and young men at St. Michael’s Choir School. The love of my life went there—it was the school and its music that brought us together—and he sings on this album. As hard as I try, I can’t pick out his voice—which means he is singing exactly as a choral singer should.
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