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Christmas Music December 24, 2016

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In general, I don’t really like it, because it’s overplayed. But because I’m such a nonshopper, I’ve managed to shield myself from it more and more.

Our CD collection is too large, and now the classical/recorder/holiday music has found a home upstairs on a bookshelf, away from the stereo. Between traveling and not being someone who thinks about Christmas music, I sometimes forget I even own any.

But today I should get out those very few CDs I have and try to play each one over today and tomorrow.

It turns out that “very few” means thirteen (or fifteen, depending on how you count). That seems like a lot of CDs for someone who doesn’t really like Christmas music.

They are The Brown Bird Christmas Album (released just after the death of one of the duo, likely the last holiday album I purchased); The Chieftains/The Bells of Dublin (one of my earliest); Crabtree & Evelyn/Wish: Holiday Music (just great jazzy classics); Bob Dylan/Christmas in the Heart (a lot of people hated this album, but I find it hysterical); The Festival Consort/Renaissance Glory: Christmas with the Festival Consort (a recorder CD burned for Tim—I don’t have recollection of this); Garcia/Grisman/Christmas (at least that’s what Sioux scrawled on it when she burned this for me—looks like it must be David Grisman’s Acoustic Christmas); Vince Guaraldi Trio/A Charlie Brown Christmas (because it’s the best ever); Jingle Bell Jazz (excellent jazz, a favorite of a friend’s); Pink Martini/Joy to the World (OK, I’m a fan of theirs, so I bought their Xmas album); The Roches/We Three Kings (possibly my first Christmas CD, or maybe my second, because the Roches); Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields/Tchaikovsky/Nutcracker Suite (if I want to play it at all, I better play it today, because my ex-dancer sister hates it deeply and she will be here tomorrow); A John Waters Christmas (yes, it’s as cheesy and shocking as you’d imagine); and The Boston Camerata/With Joyful Voice: Christmas Music of Eight Centuries (three CDs, medieval, renaissance, baroque—a beautiful recording that has barely anything on it that we’d identify as Christmas today—just fantastic music).

Music and cooking to begin in 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . .

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1. Mali - December 27, 2016

How fabulous! That’s a lot of Christmas music. I didn’t hear much at all this year either. Hope the cooking went well.


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