I’m a big fan of Christmas music, which is akin to someone announcing he likes fruitcake. Seems like everywhere I turn, there are Christmas song haters. Granted, it does get tiresome to hear Andy Williams belt out “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” every hour on the radio, and even I will admit that stations could wait until after Thanksgiving to start playing holiday hits (yeah, like that’s going to happen).
In case you like yuletide music like I do–but even Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” has gotten on your last nerve–here’s some songs that I hope freshen up your listening list:
1. CHRIST IS BORN
With his easy style, and a heavenly choir backing him up, Perry Como will melt your heart with this nativity song written by Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci and Ray Charles (no, not that Ray Charles, the one who was the music director on Como’s TV show).
2. THIS CHRISTMAS I SPEND WITH YOU
A baritone so rich and thick that you could cut it with a steak knife. Serve it up, Robert.
3. WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
There’s something haunting, even slightly melancholy, about this version by Canadian singer, Sarah McLachlan.
4. LITTLE JACK FROST, GET LOST
Don’t get me wrong. I still love the old version with Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee. But Seth McFarlane and Norah Jones knock this jazzy little winter tune out of the North Pole park.
5. THAT HOLIDAY FEELING
Corny? You betcha. But Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without one corny song, right? I’m listening to this swinging tune by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme with a cup of hot chocolate in my hand and a hideous Christmas sweater on my back.
6. SOME CHILDREN SEE HIM
James Taylor lends his folksy voice to this beautiful song about the universal appeal of Jesus.
7. HOW MANY KINGS?
I connected with this song by Canadian Christian band, downhere, the moment I heard it. It has a lyrical melody and soul-penetrating lyrics that remind us of the loving sacrifice that God made at Christmas.
Do you have any offbeat Christmas songs you’d like to share? Please do. In the meantime, I’m going to grab a slice of fruitcake.