Mama Kat’s Losin It is a blog I’ve been following for a while. Once a week, she does a Writer’s Workshop and hands out prompts. This week there are two I’ll be writing on… one today, and another tomorrow. They were technically written on Saturday afternoon, but who needs to know that that “schedule’ button on WordPress is my favourite thing?
Pick five favourite Christmas songs….
Well, I picked six. I had it to five, but then I remembered one that’s been a favourite since high school, so it’ll be number six. Here they are, in absolutely no particular order because I couldn’t do that to any of them… how to relegate a favourite to the bottom? I don’t know. Tell me if you know how.
1. Third Day’s version of O Holy Night. This song is hard to do. It’s even harder to do well. Mac Powell and the rest of the guys from Third Day NAILED it on their (phenomenal) Christmas album, entitled Christmas Offerings. I’m happy to announce that they really are that good live. I thoroughly enjoy them.
2. Sugarland’s O Come O Come Emmanuel. I’ve mentioned this song already in a post last week. Jennifer Nettles’ voice gets me. It’s right in my range, I can belt right along with her… she’s a marvelous singer. Obviously I love twangy, deep Southern country voices and feel that Southern Ontario, Canada was not where I should have been born…. but nevertheless…. Actually, Sugarland’s entire Christmas album, Gold and Green, is spectacular. I have listened to it on repeat for most of December in the car. Legit.
3. The Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix. To be able to pull this off without a single instrument, entirely voices…. incredible.
4. Anything and everything ever done by Lindsey Stirling is genius. That said, I love love love her Celtic Carol. I want to be her when I grow up. Please keep in mind my deep love of Carol of the Bells as mentioned in my post yesterday, and my love of all things fiddle. Lindsey Stirling just combined them.
5. Speaking of my deep love of Carol of the Bells… please please check out The Piano Guys’ Cellist playing, I assume split-track recorded over himself multiple times… as he combines with another favourite of mine, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The Piano Guys are also musical geniuses, so if you don’t know what I’m talking about, seriously, check them out.
6. And lastly, as I was making my list, when I got to the song above, I couldn’t help but remember my favourite Christmas song all through my high school years… which inspired the first time I ever asked for a Christmas CD FOR Christmas…. Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan combining God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen with We Three Kings. I’m sure my Mom thought I was nuts when I asked for “Barenaked for the Holidays” for Christmas…. but no joke. I still have that CD. I should dig it back out again.