I like Christmas music. No, actually, I love Christmas music. At the risk of highlighting the number of years I have walked this earth, I will admit to waxing nostalgic during the holidays, longing for the days of CD's and mixtapes. In particular, when it comes to Christmas music.
I'm not any happier than most when I hear radio stations start playing Christmas music the day after Halloween. The songs that get radio play are generally the tried and true, and usually overplayed. Still, they have their place. And gift shopping really requires some kind of festive background music.
Somewhere back in the mid-2000's, before I started drinking coffee, Starbucks was releasing Christmas CD collections with a diverse roster of artists. And though I wasn't a coffee drinker at the time, I was not going to miss out on that. So, I purchased a hot chocolate instead, and left with a new holiday CD, which went straight into the CD player. Say what you want about Starbucks, but those were some memorable music days for me.
Curious, I recently asked the barista who was making my coffee order if she recalled the Starbucks holiday CD's. She did not. My age apparent. She did ask a couple other co-workers, and one of them did actually remember them. So, yeah. I'm not sure if I should stop in to the shop again for a little show and tell, now that I've dug them out for a nostalgic listen.
The final title I pulled out is a two-song offering by Canadian singer-songwriter Jane Siberry. Her song "Calling All Angels" is a stunner, and the "B" side (kind of) is "Are You Burning, Little Candle". Both unique holiday songs. Both evoke the beauty, the difficulties, and the hope in this world. A fine finale, I suppose.
So many CD's not mentioned here. It's impossible to include them all. But tell me, do you recognize any of these? Did you ever pick up any of the compilations featured here? What's in your holiday music collection? Do you have a nostalgic favorite? A favorite style of holiday music? Or do you despise holiday music altogether? Please feel free to share in the comments below.
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