Last night, my dad and I went to the Centre in the Square to take in the Stuart McLean Vinyl Cafe holiday show. We were sans the rest of our family as they are not huge fans but my dad loves listening to Stuart while he drives into work and I enjoy great story telling.
It was a fantastic show and ended with chocolate gluten-free cake at The Symposium so it HAD to be a great evening.
My spin class regulars felt it this morning; if I eat cake – they all need to workout like they did as well!
Anyways. Back to the main point [I always go on digressions when chocolate cake is mentioned], part of the show last night was what Stuart would put on his Christmas album if he would be making one. I thought this would be an amazing thing to imitate because such a huge part of Christmas is MUSIC.
Without further ado, What I Would Put On My Christmas Album, December 2012.
1. I would start with something jarring. Really let them know it is CHRISTMAS. My choice?
Carol of the Bell by August Burns Red
2.I would then launch into the ridiculous. I bought a Sufjan Steven’s Christmas album forever ago [it literally came with a colouring book] and to the horror of my middle sister, I blast this song every Christmas morning to rouse the troops to Christmas presents:
It’s Christmas, Let’s Be Glad by Sufjan Stevens
3. Mary Did You Know – Kutless
4. This. Because Josh is dreamy.
Little Drummer Boy – Josh Groban
5. When I was in high school, I sang in a choir. (Actually 4 to be exact) and my music teacher introduced me to the beauty that is Eric Whitacre and Christmas is not Christmas without some dissonance and Robert Frost:
Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Eric Whitacre. (Note: This is not available on iTunes because Whitacre had some legal issues with using Mr Frost’s work..such a shame. Best version EVER)
6. A bit of an homage to a powerhouse of music.
Do You Hear What I Hear – Whitney Houston
7. This. Because every Christmas album needs some Transiberian Orchestra.
Wizards in Winter – Transiberian Orchestra
8. I literally cried when I went to see The Canadian Tenors. I have a thing for tenors – call it a choir girl thing.
Hallelujah – The Canadian Tenors
9. More tenors! But only because Stephan Moccio is one of my favourite pianists of ALL time and he has to be in here. Ok, not only because of that, but he is awesome.
The Perfect Gift – Stephan Moccio and the Canadian Tenors
10. Ok. This is getting ridiculous.
Il Divo – White Christmas
11. I can keep going, but I will just end with more tenors. I have seen these guys as well and they are brilliant and beyond talented!
Aude Lang Syne – Straight No Chaser
Help me out. What would be on YOUR Christmas cd?