Yesterday I loaded my three Christmas music playlists on my MP3 player. Each year I put my Christmas music on the first day of December and take it all off after Christmas. I have three holiday playlists classics, instrumentals, and the Messiah.
My holiday classics playlist reminds me of the old Firestone Christmas albums with the right person singing the right song. There are so many Christmas albums out there. Many have only one or if you are lucky two classics on them. There many holiday albums that should never have been made; the songs with odd arrangements such that it feels like some one on LDS trying to sing one of your favorites.
Unless you are a hard core Elvis fan, Blue Christmas is the only Elvis song you need. It you are a bit of a jazz or crooner junkie, loving late 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s there are many songs that you want. Silver Bells with Bing and Rosemary Clooney is the only way it should be sung. If you grew up with the Rudolph TV show Burl Ives’ Holly Jolly Christmas is probably on your have to have list. I have these all on my play list. I also have Vince Gill, Chris Issak, John Lennon, Yellow Jackets, Tom Scott, Nat King Cole, Lady Gaga, Judy Garland, and Sarah McLaughlin. An eclectic collection to be sure.
One could go broke trying to buy all the albums you would need just to get one song off of each. Fortunately technology has changed and now you can buy single songs. On Amazon or iTunes you pay for and download only the songs you want. I love this new technology and each year I find myself adding a few more oldies and a new one now and then. My collection grows larger and more diverse every year. It is one of the ways I celebrate the holidays with music.