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Old 11-26-2007, 11:55 AM   #11
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jabbur, That is a beautiful sounding arrangement. I might just have to order it!
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Old 11-26-2007, 12:24 PM   #12
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My church choir did many of these one Christmas and I really fell in love with the music. I have all the Christmas albums. They do a lot of the traditional stuff but the arrangements are just so full and beautiful that makes them better than usual in my opinion. They also do some other Christmas songs that are more obscure to Americans but beautiful all the same. Glad you liked what you heard! BTW, I enjoy Oak Ridge Boys as well! I think I have a very eclectic music taste (anything but hip-hop/rap).
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Old 11-26-2007, 01:02 PM   #13
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Go way back to the early 50s and the advent of TV. Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians is what I most remember about Christmas music from my childhood. That and Gene Autry singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on 78 rpm vinyl records.

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Old 11-26-2007, 01:27 PM   #14
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #15
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Davydd, Mom and Dad had "To You Forever". I used to listen to it when I would watch my little brothers and sister!!
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #16
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12 Redneck Days of Christmas (Jeff Foxworthy)
Christmas with the Family (Montgomery Gentry)
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:32 PM   #17
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Isn't there a Canadian version of the Twelve days spoof? I like the mouse your cat caught Callisto. Mine always tries for the cursor.
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:54 PM   #18
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You certainly got me going today DawnT! After replying to this thread, I had to go a rip all my cd's and sync them to my mp3 player! I forgot I hadn't done that with y Christmas music. Now I can listen to it in the car on the way to class tonight!
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Old 11-26-2007, 04:03 PM   #19
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In 1970 when I was expecting my first child, I was especially touched by a Barbara Streisand song, "The Best Gift". It had special meaning to me because I'd been told I could never have children and was only able to get pregnant with my baby because of fertility therapy. Shawn was born December 5th, so he really, really was MY best gift. The song still brings tears to my eyes.

Love Kathy Mattea's rendition of "Mary, Did You Know?"

As for groups, I like Alabama. Especially their 1985 album called "Christmas." There's nothing more cheery and Christmassy as "Thistlehair the Christmas Bear" on that album.
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I love Christmas music.

My favorite carol is really probably whatever one I'm singing at the time, tho there are some I like better than others:
Gesu Bambino
O Holy Night
Joy to the World
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (alternate tune)

For recorded holiday music, I love the whole Christmas album by Leontyne Price. She includes both Ave Maria's, and the Mozart Alleluia!
Luciano Pavarotti's and Mario Lanza's are big faves too, and best of all is an old lp of the Festival of Lights from the University of Redlands.

Contemporarily, of course Nat Cole's Christmas Song, and I love Diana Krall's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Have you heard Joe Williams' "That Holiday Feeling?"
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