Monday, October 13, 2008

Music Monday..The Christmas Music is Starting to Come!


Being the eager beaver that I am for Christmas music, I got Travis Cottrell's Ring the Bells and Casting Crowns Peace on Earth last week.

I've mostly listened to Ring the Bells and it's fantastic. It is truly beautiful with gorgeous arrangements, Travis's beautiful voice, and a great selection of songs. Many thanks to Boomama for making me aware this CD was coming back in the summer when she pointed us to a free download of "O Holy Night" Stand-out tracks are: "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" "O Holy Night" and "Jesus Saves." Definitely worth picking this one up, as I believe it's the sort of Christmas CD to be savored and cherished in the years to come.

I haven't had much chance to listen to Peace on Earth yet, except for the fact that I've had the last track on repeat. I do think it's quite possibly the absolute most breathtakingly beautiful rendition of "O Come O Come Emmanuel" I have ever heard. I got major chill bumps and had tears in my eyes the first time I heard it. It's haunting, it's beautiful, and I might keep listening to it on repeat til December 25th. Okay, probably not, but I highly recommend that you at least download that song off iTunes even if you don't purchase the whole CD. (By the way, it's instrumental.)

In other good news, there are still several good Christmas CDs to come! Like these:

Olive Snook sings Christmas songs! Yay!

This will undoubtedly be fantastic.

I love Sara Groves! I'm sure this will be great, too.


SmilingSally said...

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twiga92 said...

I love Casting Crowns! So even though I'm not a huge fan of Christmas music (ducking, don't throw tomatoes :-), I will probably get this CD of theirs as I love their stuff.

Stephen said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing Sara's album. I've talked to a couple people who've heard it, and they say it is really good.

I'm glad you like "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." I spent a lot of time working on that, and hadn't checked to see if it made the final cut for the album.

Anonymous said...

I adore all the covers!

Anonymous said...

I love Sara Groves as well, I'll have to get that one!

Unknown said...

Sally--emailed you!
Twiga--watch out, the tomatoes are coming, jk!
Stephen--well done and congrats it's awesome.
Shana--I know me too! I also forgot Sarah Brightman's which also has a wonderful cover. I love Christmas covers to books/cds
Kristina--Isn't she wonderful?!?

Amy said...

Ooops! The above is me! :)

Anonymous said...

No! Not yet not yet not yet! We just finished Canadian Thanksgiving, and we're not allowed Christmas ANYTHING until post-Halloween!!

Carole said...

I'm with you, Amy! I love Christmas music and start listening early. One of my favorite groups is the Mannheim Steamrollers.

As far as inspirational music, Fernando Ortega is probably my favorite (he led worship at a music conference I attended years ago before he really got popular). I didn't know he had a Christmas album out, so thank you for posting about it.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Kristin Chenoweth had a Christmas album coming out; that will be fantastic, I'm sure ... her voice is amazing!

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