Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Advent Calendar - December 21 - Christmas Music

Christmas Music

What songs did your family listen to during Christmas? Did you ever go caroling? Did you have a favorite song?

Growing up, my family listened to traditional and church music for the Christmas season.  There's usually a radio station or two around that switch to an all-Christmas format for the season.  By preference, I tended to like the novelty songs, like I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas, or the Chipmunks Song.  I still like those.

As I got a little older and developed my own tastes in music, I came to like some more contemporary Christmas music, such as the Mannheim Steamroller offerings, and Amy Grant and the Oak Ridge Boys.  Now, I'm not ever a fan of country music, but for some reason, the Oak Ridge Boys have a couple of albums I can handle.  Mannheim Steamroller I actually saw in concert for their Christmas 1986 tour, where they played many of the songs on their first Christmas album.  That disc was the first CD I ever purchased.

This is not to say I don't like the traditional renditions.  I like hearing Bing singing White Christmas as much as the next guy.  But for my preference, I'll start with Mannhein Steamroller or Trans Siberian Orchestra.

The odd thing is, by the time I remember to throw some music in the players, it's almost too late.  I have yet to put in an album this year!

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