The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Here we are again, celebrating with family and friends; the houses decorated with elaborate rows of bright lights; the snow falling outside our windows. It’s a time for giving. It’s a time for caring. It’s a time for MUSIC. Yes, what would the holidays be without the incessant repetition of the same five Christmas songs playing on the radio? But fear not, music nerds. It’s not so bad. I am here to save you. Though we’ll always have a special place in our hearts and iPod’s for A Charlie Brown Christmas or The Carpenters – and how could we ever forget John Denver & The Muppets or Mr. Christmas himself, Andy Williams – I know you’re on the lookout for something different. A new generation of classics, if you will. Today, I present for your approval, four must-have Christmas albums for your collection . . . Okay. Home for Christmas may be over ten years old, and you probably have it already, but I don’t think anyone has ever forgotten just how awesome an *NSYNC Christmas can be. Oh, the memories!
Most of you probably have never even heard of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, but that’s okay. You’ll know soon enough. I’m telling you with good authority that this Modern-Rock band boasts some of the most memorable and spectacular original holiday music of all-time. From over-the-top instrumental epics to unusual Rock anthems, you’ll never see Christmas music the same way again.
This man can sing anything and we’ll all swoon, I swear. The charming crooner updates every established hit with his famous Bublé swagger, making us wonder, why he didn’t supply us with a Christmas album sooner?
I know some of you are unwilling to accept the idea of the ultra-mellow duo of She & Him making a worthy Christmas record, but hear me out first. I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a holiday album so much in a long time. Truly. The signature, dainty sound of Zooey Deschenal gives new life to the classic holiday standards; and when combined with M.Ward’s contemporary twists on well-known melodies and original tracks, you’ve got one unique Christmas floating out of your speakers. It’s not the usual clichéd take on your favorite songs, which is why it’s so special.
What did you think of this week’s Press Play? What’s your favorite Christmas/Holiday song? Favorite record? Do you have any holiday music recommendations for me? What songs and artists have you been listening to recently? Tell me in the comments!