'Tis the season again, and all the castle is getting decked out in the
Christmas spirit. So once again Christmas
music is heard in the halls. Why don't you take a load off your feet and listen
to some of the music.
First off is Handel's Young Messiah. I really enjoy this one a lot.
This is the one where several Christian artists got together and combined
some modern sounds to the classical ones. Take a listen to the opening
Overture to see what I mean. (This is a
5 meg .wav file.)
Next on the list is Steven Curtis Chapman's "The Music of
Christmas". This one vaulted into second place last year when it came
out. It has what I think is a good mix of traditional and new Christmas
music. Listen to "Christmas is all in the
heart" for a sampling from this album. (This is a 559 kb .wav file.)
Next on the list is "Our Christmas" - an album of music by various
Christian artists. Listen to "One Small
Child" by David Meece for a sampling from this album. (This is a 990 kb
Next to last is "Gifts, Volume II Traditional Christmas Carols".
This is a collection of Christmas music as played by Joemy Wilson on the
hammered dulcimer. I've loved this instrument since I first heard it at
the Minnesota Rennaisance Festival. This album is very close to the
previous one as a favorite. I think "Our Christmas" one out because I
knew more of the traditional songs on that album. Listen to "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" for a
sampling from this album. (This is a 990 kb .wav file.)
Now for the last Christmas album in our sampling. It is Micheal W.
Smith's "Christmas". It's last on the list mostly because, even though I
like most of the songs, they're all new, and I like to have some
traditional Christmas music on the album. Listen to an exerpt of "Hark The Harald Angels Sing" which is by far the
best song on the album. (This is a 990 kb .wav file.)