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The Den Mother’s Christmas Music Sampler, Vol. 7

Sunday, December 26, 2010, 18:18 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.)

Some of what we think of as Christmas music is actually winter music that has nothing to do with Christmas. Since I am hunkering down for what the weather people are saying will be a blizzard, here is a collection of weather-appropriate music. The real Christmas music will resume with volume 8 in a few days.

  • We had a “White Christmas” yesterday with a couple of inches of snow on the ground from the previous couple days. Since it is technically still the Christmas season (the twelve days start, not end, on Christmas day), this song is appropriate now as it gets even whiter. The late, great Bing Crosby sings a classic.
  • If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s why, despite not being a snow lover, I selected “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” sung by Dean Martin.
  • While we’re on a roll with famous dead singers, I love Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of “Winter Wonderland.”
  • Brace yourself for a bit of a shock with “Frosty the Snowman” by The Fab Four. As the name suggests, The Fab Four is a Beatles tribute group, and their Christmas songs are musically based on Beatles songs. “Frosty” is based on “Mr. Moonlight.”
  • The forecast is for northerly winds with high gusts during this storm, so “Blow Northern Wind” by Mediæval Bæbes certainly belongs on this list.
  • Even thought the snow is currently landing on the ground and then blowing around, the next song is “The Snow Lay on the Ground” by Amor Artis Chamber Choir.
  • Another choral piece in keeping with the theme is “See, Amid the Winter’s Snow” by St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir of London.
  • This weather is not conducive to skating, but close your eyes and imagine a light flurry while children skate on a neighborhood pond, and the song “Skating” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio fits. You will recognize this as one of the songs from the soundtrack to “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
  • One of my free Christmas downloads from Amazon.com was Little & Ashley’s “Winter Night.” I know nothing about Little & Ashley except that those are their last names and this is a cute song.
  • No song says winter quite like “Sleigh Ride,” an orchestral classic first recorded by the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1949. In the last 80 years, the Pops has had only three conductors: Arthur Fiedler, John Williams, and the current conductor, Keith Lockhart. This recording was made when Williams had the job.

Now go batten down the hatches and stay warm.

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