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December 15, 2018

virtual advent tour 2018: day 15
posted by soe 6:38 am

virtual advent tour, hosted by spritewrites.net

It’s the weekend! I hope you have a lot of fun things planned or are able to cross a lot of things off your list, depending on which makes you happier.

I am your host once again today and thought I’d share some more music with you. Every year, I make a Christmas cd, which tends to get finalized rather late in the game (by which I mean I’m still working on this year’s). Earlier this month, I shared songs that were new to me this Christmas season and thus in consideration for the 2018 mix; today I thought I’d give you a few that made last year’s cut.

This is from the stage production, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, a remake of the 1942 musical film of the same name. I saw parts of it on PBS’ Great Performances last year, and knew this would make a great intro song.

Here’s a Caribbean riff on a holiday classic (written by Robert Allen and Al Stillman) from the Calypso King of the World, Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco):

My household embraces a lot of different types of music, and while I don’t actively seek out country music especially often during the rest of the year, come Christmastime, a little twang feels necessary and right. “There’s a New Kid in Town” was written by Don Cook, Curly Putnam and Keith Whitley and first recorded by Michael Johnson in 1985, but it’s been recorded by everyone from George Strait to Blake Shelton. This version is from 2017 and is by bluegrass siblings The Roys.

Finally, this is “Light of the World,” by the Blenders from their 2017 album, Holy Night. If you like their sound, this Minneapolis-based band has been playing together for more than 25 years and have several Christmas albums to their names. Paul Mabury, Paul Duncan, and Lauren Daigle wrote the song, which Daigle released in 2013.

See you back here tomorrow for another stop on the Virtual Advent Tour!

Category: christmas/holiday season. There is/are 2 Comments.

These are all so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

Comment by Kat 12.15.18 @ 9:29 am

Funny you say that about country music and Christmas – yesterday I bought Alabama’s Christmas album. It is wonderful – heartfelt and warm. Just right. And I also bought Idina Menzel’s. She is the voice of Elsa in Frozen, and what a voice she has!

Comment by Nan 12.15.18 @ 11:26 am