Saturday, November 15, 2008

CHRISTMAS MUSIC


Product Description from Amazon.com
Twenty years after her landmark Watermark album, Enya's seventh studio disc, And Winter Came continues a phenomenally successful career that has included more than 70million albums sold worldwide. And Winter Came is an enchanting evocation of the changing landscape of winter as well as the festive cheer of the holidays. One of the most successful female artists of all-time, and second only to U2 as the biggest selling Irish artist in history, Enya brings her beguiling and ethereal music to bear on the darkest and yet most hopeful season with And Winter Came.
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I love music. I love all kinds of music...except heavy metal...and some rap. And, one of my favorite genres is Christmas Music. However, let me issue a qualification.

There is nothing as beautiful as the old familiar Christmas carols. Those dear songs that can immediately transfer you back to the Christmas of your childhood. Memories of those sweet songs learned early in life, and sung year after year, are indeed precious. Nothing can ever take their place.

However, there are new and equally as worshipful songs being written today. I so enjoy new Christmas music. I get excited every year when I see favorite groups have come out with a Christmas album. But, I admit that usually I am disappointed when I find that all the songs are the same ones that we have heard for years. Don't hate me! I adore those songs, but, just how many recordings do you need of the old, sweet carols? You probably have recordings of these by your own favorite artists, as do I. So, I never bother buying new renditions of these. But, when I find a recording of new seasonal music...I am anxious to give it a try.

I have just returned from my local K-Mart, where I went to fill my boxes for Operation Shoebox. As I passed by the music aisle, I saw the display of Christmas CDs and had to check them out. I have always found the music from Enya to be very hauntingly beautiful and quite soothing. So, I was anxious to give this a listen. It even has 2 of those 'old, familiar carols' done in her particular style. I am very pleased with this purchase, and am happy to recommend it to you. Her version of Silent Night is especially beautiful. And there is new music that is equally as nice.
I purchased this one for $15.99, but I notice that Amazon has it for $9.99.

I can also highly recommend: Holiday Songs and Lullabies by Shawn Colvin...It's A Wonderful Christmas by Michael W. Smith...Wintersong by Sarah McLaclan...A Christmas Reunion by Various Artists...A Christmas To Remember by Amy Grant...Christmas Songs by Jars of Clay. I'd love to hear what your favorites are.

4 comments:

andi said...

I love Enya and then heard she was new age....So I didn't get her stuff. But I do love it.
Will you provide some insight for me? I respect you greatly, so your input would be helpful.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love Enye, too!! Thanks for the suggestions of Christmas Music!! I do adore the traditional Christmas Music. It brings back such wonderful memories.

Lynne said...

I have a CD of John McDermott's CHRISTMAS MEMORIES that I love. I'll listen to it all year round. John was one of the original Irish Tenors and has a beautiful voice.

For a more modern type Christmas music, I still love Barry Manilow' BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS. He's done a couple more Christmas CDs, but they're not as good.

Melinda said...

I am a total Christmas music addict myself. I totally agree, nothing takes me back to my childhood Christmas memories like the oldies but goodies. I'll have to chekc out the Enya CD beacuse I do love her music. This year we got a beautiful CD of piano music at Target, a 2-CD set for just $9.99 and it is really, really lovely.

Stop by Shore's End when you can to see my new winter layout and learn about a new holiday meme I'll be hosting Turesday!