How are you doing, iMonks? Is it time for seconds yet? By the way, you need to eat the green beans, not just the crunchy onion-like things on the top. We are continuing our pre-Black Friday specials in honor of the real “reason for the season”: Buy Buy Buy. And all from the comfort of your own chair without having to brave the crowds. Right now we want to share the three best Christmas music albums you need to have and play continually from now through Christmas.
We’ll start with an honorable mention. O Holy Night by Sara Groves is a sparse, simple presentation of songs you already know. What you don’t know is how refreshing they sound as sung by one of my favorite artists. Sara Groves sings as if she is sitting in your living room having a pleasant conversation with you, her friend. Get this and listen with a cup of hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course).
Now to the three you must must must have.
A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. Delightful is not quite the right word to describe this, but it will have to do. A delightful trip back in time to when you were a child and looked forward to watching Charlie Brown pick out a skimpy tree, Snoopy decorating his doghouse (and winning a blue ribbon), and Linus’ clear presentation of the Gospel. They just don’t make them like this anymore.
Christmas Portrait by the Carpenters. Every song on this album is perfect. If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, you need to see your doctor. Or undertaker. If the only song you listen to is Ava Maria, it would be worth the cost.
The Bells of Dublin by the Chieftains. This is an album I listen to year-round. I don’t restrict it to just Christmas. The Chieftains are a traditional Irish band that takes any song and makes it unique. Sometime listen to Roger Daltrey sing Behind Blue Eyes with the Chieftains. Or Be Thou My Vision with Van Morrison and the Chieftains. But right now, get Bells of Dublin. Listen to Jackson Browne sing The Rebel Jesus. Ricki Lee Jones croon O Holy Night. And the Chieftains perform some traditional Irish Christmas tunes. I’ll go out on a limb and say you will find yourself listening to Bells of Dublin in April and August as well as December.
More specials to come. Check back often! And give me another helping of that sweet potato casserole, will you?