Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Tunage...

When delving into Christmas music there are all kinds of dangers you can encounter for Music is subjective. While you can love a song it may sound like fingernails on a chalkboard to others.
This Christmas music list is MY list not yours, this is not a debate. If you think I am out of my mind great, so be it. If you hate something on this list and feel the need to comment realize you are also commenting on a choice that means something to me.
What appeals to me in a Christmas song? For me personally it's a time of peaceful hope. Being a man of faith, it's a celebration of when Jesus came to Earth. On a humanistic side, faithful or not, it can be a time for humans to just step back and care for one another without looking for something in return, something we should be doing all year. If a song lyrically hits those targets, my heart takes notice. Musically, if it's a traditional carol, either stick to tradition or do such a unique cover and make it your own. If you do that then my ears take notice.
   I have 500+ Christmas cd's even I will admit that's too many. I am using my iTunes play count to guide me on what I've been listening to the most the past few years and see if there are any new additions... Let's get started.

#1. Lowen & Navarrow's "At Long Last...Christmas"
#2. Jill Phillips and Andy Gullahorn "Christmas"
#3 Dave Grisman's "Acoustic Christmas"
#4 Riki Michele's "Come let us adore him"
#5 Smalltown Poets "Christmas"
#6 The Gypsy Hombres "Django Bells"
#7 Eric Tingstad & Nancy Rumble "The Gift"
#8 Uncle Daddy "Christmas"
#9 Mel Torme's "Christmas Songs"
#10 Amy Grant's "Home for Christmas"
#11 Riders in the Sky "Christmas the Cowboy Way"
#12  A compilation, Bethlehem Skyline
#13 Andrew Peterson "Behold the Lamb"
...and quickly climbing my "plays" numbers is (just got it) Carolyn Arends brand new "Christmas: the Story of Stories"
#14 The Cambridge Singers " Carols of the Nativity"
#15 Fernando Ortega "Christmas Songs"
#16 Casting Crowns "Peace on Earth"
#17 Christmas Cocktails
#18 A Very Blue Rock Christmas
New for 2016
#19 Colorfair
#21 Cara Dillon

    This should be enough for you to understand what my photo editing area sounds like during the holidays. If feeling stressed I will full admit I will pull some of these out even in the Summer. These tunes put me in a better place.
Now I know there are hundreds of more artists and albums this is just my personal top choices.

    In this time in the world when there is so much hatred, there's a passage that can be implemented  no matter what religion you practice or if any at all. The Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" or treat others how you would like to be treated, Not hard...

Peace Y'all!!!