Singing Loud for All to Hear – the Music That Keeps Me Merry

A few years ago I (rather melodramatically) bemoaned my love/hate, sometimes hate/hate, relationship with Christmas music. I like it, I do. I just tire of it very quickly. There are some people who soon as the clock strikes November 1st excitedly flip their car stereo over to the NONSTOP! 24/7! ALL CHRISTMAS, ALL THE TIME! station (read that in an annoying Radio Personality voice) and never look back. Me – once Thanksgiving’s last morsel of Pumpkin Pie has been devoured – I’m cautiously excited to tip my toe into holiday harmonies byway the above playlist. It’s nothing novel, just comprised of only songs by artists I’d choose to listen to any old day of the year.

But sometimes a playlist won’t do and I just want that true LP experience. Here are the albums that always keep me merry.

Songs for Christmas – Sufjan Stevens

Songs for Christmas – Sufjan Stevens

Of course this is on here. Would I be a millennial if it weren’t? I’m not saying I love every song, but when there’s 42 to choose from it’s hard to be disappointed.

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio

This one, though, no questions, I can listen to front to back and on repeat – I’m currently on listen four for the day and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. It’s just so good. I mean, no pretending I actually like/”get” jazz, but this has just the right Accessibility to Intellectual ratio.

A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector – Various Artists

A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector – Various Artists

It sucks that Phil Spector is such a creep, but Darlene Love deserves, well, all the love. For me, Motown and Christmas music are synonymous, and Christmas just isn’t Christmas without Ms. Love riding that Wall of Sound.

Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald

I could listen to Ella Fitzgerald sing a telemarketer’s spiel, mostly… her closing version of Frosty The Snowman intentionally sung in a supposed-to-be-endearing childlike drawl is pretty hard to stomach. Thankfully, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? more than makes up for it.

Vintage aluminum Christmas tree with red, blush, and gold decorations

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – LUke & Megan Pettipoole

And because I never posted about it on here I’ll close with this. A few years back Luke and I recorded a version of this hauntingly beautiful Christmas classic for our church. Still one of my favorite things we’ve done together.

To listen and download via Spotify click here.

What do you think? Did I miss any good ones? Anything I should add to the list?

Hope you get your fill, whether measured or with abandon, of all your favorite Christmas tunes this season!