Saturday, November 17, 2007

Let's talk Christmas music!

So I have held off as long as I could and have inaugurated my Christmas music listening tonight with Andrew Peterson's album Behold the Lamb of God. So to celebrate, I thought I might list my top five Christmas albums (#1 being most favorite, but #2's a favorite, too, just not as much favorite), and then invite my legions of loyal readers to share your lists or comment on mine. I'm always looking for new music, so show me the way!

5) Harry Connick, Jr When My Heart Finds Christmas - This album takes me back to some good ol' days when I was at Carolina, and I just continue to enjoy it year after year.

4) Martha's Trouble Christmas Lights - I love how mellow and soothing Jen Slocumb's voice is. I actually listen to their rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful year-round on my "Relax" playlist in iTunes.

3) Ed Cash, Bebo Norman, Allen Levi Joy! - These three guys are really talented musicians and singers, and they really do have joy on this album as they perform many classic Christmas hymns. Plus, their original songs are super, and it's just a cool blend of three unique voices.

2) Elf: Original Motion Picture Sound Track - Elf is definitely my favorite Christmas movie, and this soundtrack has some awesome version of Christmas classics, including Brian Setzer's "Nutcracker Suite", and Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel singing "Baby It's Cold Outside."

1) Andrew Peterson Behold the Lamb of God - This is an amazing original CD which tells the story of Christmas beginning in Exodus and moving through the Gospels. The songs stand alone, but are meant to be listened to as a whole body of work. All of the songs are originals, and in true Andrew Peterson form, the lyrics are profound. One of the highlights is "Matthew's Begats" which is simply the geneology of Jesus sung to an upbeat tune. If you have the chance to see this concert in person, I would take it.

9 comments:

BTBeasley said...

Harry Connick's album is definitely in my top five. I hate to admit it, but there is a 1986 album called "Christmas with Ronnie Milsap" which is very good. Michael W. Smith's first Christmas album called "Christmas" is one of my favorites. Speaking of the good old days at Carolina, I bought James Taylor's new Christmas album last year and I like it. To round out my list (which is in no particular order), I would suggest Take 6's album called "He Is Christmas."

Brian Beasley
Glenwood Presbyterian Church
The SHINE Blog

Miles said...

I have never really paid alot of attention to Christmas albums, but Brooklynne introduced me to Jimmy Buffet's Christmas album and it has to be in my top 3.

Keri Brooks Gray said...

Marshall-

It's Keri (Brooks) Gray! I have been following your blog through Rach...Just wanted to give an echo to your Andrew Peterson comments, we LOVE Andrew Peterson at our house! We saw him in Knoxville a couple of years ago ,and I am dying to see him in Nashville at the Ryman with Allison Krauss. My husband has memorized the begats song and I am sure my oldest will join in this Christmas as it is sure to be played often!

Hey-we are enjoying your margins series as well...definitely with you!

Keri

Alex said...

dude, any list without amy grant's "home for christmas" is definitely incomplete. i'm also a huge fan of "charlie brown christmas" which is available at your local starbucks this christmas, er, holiday season...

Rachel said...

i was waiting for alex to chime in with Amy Grant's album. i made fun of you at unc about that al, and gotta continue. i just don't get it.

love love love h. connick's and am grateful for some new ideas... gotta check out a. peterson if my keri likes it! hi keri! happy t'giving!

emily said...

I'm so happy you wrote about Christmas music! And before Thanksgiving, too! I'm a fan of Martha's Trouble as well...and I'm glad to know zooey sings on the Elf album cuz I love her voice on the movie. ok. Just had to comment on the Christmas post.

B-U-R-L-Y said...

Where's Sufjan Stevens?

Jenny Letchworth said...

sarah mchlachlan, jewel, and mariah carey are some of my favorites not mentioned already. but harry connick, james taylor, and charlie brown are on up there on the list too. yay...now i feel like it's ok to listen to christmas music! happy thanksgiving!

Jenny Letchworth said...

sarah mchlachlan, jewel, and mariah carey are some of my favorites not mentioned already. but harry connick, james taylor, and charlie brown are on up there on the list too. yay...now i feel like it's ok to listen to christmas music! happy thanksgiving!