What’s up folks? Christmas is less than two weeks away, so we got some more holiday-themed posts coming soon. It already snowed in Massachusetts and the temperature is already dropping. Looks it’s safe to that we must brace ourselves because winter is coming (Game of Thrones reference FTW!).
With Christmas just around the corner, there’s nothing better than turning on the Christmas songs. Christmas classics like ‘Jingle Bells’ or Frosty the Snowman’ always lift my spirits during the season. As I got older, I shied away from the traditional classics and aimed for some unique albums.
Some albums came from pop culture while others were from my favorite type of music. Whatever the case may be, each Christmas-themed album takes me back to a better time. It’s time I discussed some of my favorite Christmas albums I discovered over the years.
Here are some original Christmas albums to check out this year:
Jingle All the Way – Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
The first album featured was one I discovered weeks ago during one my writing seshes. The progress jazz-bluegrass band from Nashville, Tennessee released this Christmas album on September 20th, 2008. With classics like Silent night and a bluegrass take on Guaraldi’s track ‘Linus and Lucy’, fans will be sure to have a rocking Christmas rocking out to some Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Be sure to add this to your music library if you want to add some country flair to your Christmas if you want to have a rootin-tootin good time!
A Very She & Him Christmas – She and Him
Shifting away from the country side and we enter the hipster group that is She and Him (who consists of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward). Deschanel and M. Ward band together to create their first Christmas albums A Very She & Him Christmas. The duo band together to sing notable tracks like ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’. Hipsters who are looking for more underrated and trending Christmas albums should check out A Very She & Him Christmas this year.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas features Christmas classic with a kick of jazz. I love watching A Charlie Brown Christmas every year and this soundtrack complements the TV special so well. Some tunes are just instrumental jazz while others feature chorus from the Peanuts gang (like ‘Christmas Time is Here’). This is one soundtrack you should listen to multiple times for Christmas.
Songs for Christmas – Sufjan Stevens
Another indie artist that released a Christmas-themed album is Sufjan Stevens. Sufjan Stevens released Songs for Christmas back in November 21st, 2006, a five-EP boxset featuring Christmas songs and carols recorded by him between 2001-2006. The boxset contains over two hours of tracks, so you’ll never run out of Christmas goodness. Check out Songs for Christmas is you’re looking for a boxset jam-packed with Christmas tunes!
Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas Soundtrack
For the final album pick, I have to bring out the soundtrack to Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This classic story (and I mean the ANIMATED version, NOT the cheesy live-action film!) of the Grinch finding the true meaning of Christmas has always been my favorite Christmas special. The song ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ provides lengthy and wordy description of how horrendous he truly is (I STILL wouldn’t touch him with a 39 & ½ foot pole!). If you love the story of The Grinch, then you’ll love this Christmas album.
That’s it for my choice of Christmas albums this year. Some featured cartoons, while others had a notorious hipster duo. Whatever the case may be, Christmas songs will live on forever. Music styles are changing, yet the traditional tunes of Christmas stay the same. Who knows what new Christmas album will be released next.
Until then, check back for more Christmas goodness here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar. Merry Christmas everyone!