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« on: November 18, 2007, 09:58:50 AM »

When do you start listening to holiday music?  What's the most overrated song?  Most underrated?
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007, 10:14:59 AM »

The easiest way to do it is to  or was to, depending on the current status, turn on the Comcast  music channels for Classical Music, believe there are or were two, and wait.

Eventually, you will hear the familiar sounds of the oldest and better known Holiday world in this world. Then when you get carried away from good taste, you can bring out your oldies but goodies that you couldn't resist, as these made a profound influence upon you in your earliest childhood memories (as did classical music upon mine whether I knew it or not.  I usually forgot as much of it as possible soon after memorizing it and performing it for recital. But there is enough recall to become profoundly disturbed by hearing contemporary renditions by artists that include alterations in tempo and general rearrangement which they attribute to "their style" as classicist performers on the concert stages of the world and for recording contracts.  I don't like them; saboteurs of the composer's intent).
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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2007, 12:33:21 PM »

I've already made a holiday CD of MP3 downloads. I have to say that Frank's I'll Be Home for Christmas ranks up there with the best.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007, 12:00:13 PM »

When it comes to recommending fave holiday music I can go on and on. But I will limit myself to one that to me is the very pinnacle and should be easy to obtain:

The Baltimore Consort, Bright Day Star.
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2007, 11:14:07 PM »

The Paisley Abbey Christmas concert (honest-to-God, oboe solos) which I saw on late night tv one C'mas and have never been able to find since, but I know I didn't imagine it because my imagination is inadequate to such.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007, 09:38:22 AM »

My holiday music started this week:

Sinatra Christmas album
Mario Lanza
Joan Baez Noel
Nana Mouskouri
Sumi Jo's exquisite Christmas cd
Pavarotti's O Holy Night (what a voice)
Ensemble Unicorn
Maddy Prior
Loreena McKennett
The First Very Special Christmas cd with a gorgeous Oh Holy Night sung by Stevie Nicks
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The Nutcracker (cds and videos).
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007, 03:36:24 PM »

How 'bout "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPaGQEskSKM
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2007, 05:12:35 PM »

turn it up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muiTsDE-c7o
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2007, 02:04:54 AM »

Nice to see you again, ponderosa.  Seems like just about everyone has had fun with The Little Drummer Boy over the years.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2007, 08:21:24 AM »

Thank you, dzimas. Nice to be seen. I've always liked the Bing Crosby and David Bowie version as well.
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2007, 09:50:55 AM »

lulu--Loreena McKennett's God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman is perhaps the finest arrangement of a Christmas song that I have ever heard!
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2007, 10:15:26 AM »

Thank you, dzimas. Nice to be seen. I've always liked the Bing Crosby and David Bowie version as well.

I downloaded the MP3 version the other day to get into the Christmas spirit.  Last year, Philostrate recommended Sufjan Stevens' Songs for Christmas.  Kind of like music postcards.  Very nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gKzXlqsOeE

http://asthmatickitty.com/music.php?releaseID=63
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2007, 11:32:00 AM »

Yes, very nice. Thanks.

And Philostrate is who here in Melbaland? I recall the handle over at NYTimes and possibly Thirdeye, but the only person with whom I had any personal contact back then was Pokerface. Are you a regular at Thirdeye? If so, say hey to Marilyn. I have an old e-mail addy. Don't know if it is current.
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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2007, 11:45:37 AM »

Philo was a regular on the NYTimes boards.  I think he even pitched up here at one point, but didn't seem to want a part of it.
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2007, 02:58:53 PM »

Christmas in the Trenches

http://youtube.com/watch?v=s9coPzDx6tA
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