Sunday, December 20, 2009

Question of the Week (On A Sunday, Too!)

The Christmas season seems to go by so quickly. There are so many great songs--great albums--how can anyone ever make enough time to hear it all, to appreciate it all. My question this week is which albums take priority in your house! Which ones are must-have for the season. Which ones are no-matter-what albums?

Behold The Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson would definitely top my list. That shouldn't really come as a surprise to anybody. I can't stop talking about this one. And truth be told, winter, spring, summer, fall, never too much time goes by without me listening to this one.

Christmas with The Rat Pack would be my second choice. Again, not a surprise for anyone who knows how much I love, love, love Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. This one is such a fun, fun album. It just makes you feel all nice and happy inside.

The Music of Christmas by Steven Curtis Chapman. I have been enjoying this one over a decade--it released in 1995--but it's such a good, good album. Though I must admit I can't handle "Going Home for Christmas."

Bing Crosby's White Christmas. Yes, I love the song "White Christmas." But I love the others as well. His Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Jingle Bells, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, even his Christmas In Killarney.

Michael W. Smith. Especially his "Christmastime". He has three Christmas albums now. And all are good in their own way. His first album, "Christmas," I've enjoyed for many decades. One of the few Christmas albums I had when I was a child. I haven't had that much of a connection with his newest one. But that may be expecting too much.

I don't know about you, but I love instrumental albums. There are times when they just really fit what you need. Chris Rice's "Living Room Sessions: Christmas" is a great example of a really wonderful instrumental album. I also enjoy Kenny G's three holiday albums. Another really fun instrumental album--one I can't live without--is Old Time Country Christmas. Their Jolly Old St. Nicholas is awesome!!! Because it mixes in Canon in D.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible


Amanda said...

My husband and I are honestly not that into Christmas music. We both enjoy traditional songs by contemporary bands, love singing it during worship at church, and for the week leading up to Christmas play it in the car, but we definitely don't go for the cheesy, over-the-top stuff. And especially not The Chipmunks!! :)

This year we love, love, love the Casting Crowns album, "Peace on Earth." It's fabulous...especially Joy to the World.

Becky said...

I agree that "novelty" christmas songs can be a bit too much! At times. Have you heard the new Chris Tomlin Christmas CD? If you like worship-themed Christmas music, where the emphasis is, well, on God and what he has done, then you should definitely give it a listen! I'd recommend the Andrew Peterson as well. It really is the most amazing and worshipful album I've ever heard. It definitely keeps the focus on God!

I haven't listened to the Casting Crowns album that much. (Though I should!) Sometimes these newer albums don't get as much play because I'm not as sentimental about them (at least not yet!)