|Great Music for the Christmas Season - Photo by imelenchon|
I have some personal favorites that I'd like to share with you, and I have provided a link to each one below. These are familiar Christmas songs with versions that pull out all the stops with their unique renditions. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Little Drummer Boy by Pentatonix
This Christmas song has a special place in my heart because my dad and I used to play it together. This version is a cappella with some great beat boxing and a beautiful view behind the singers. One would expect a traditional drum, but the human voicebox can create some pretty unusual and unique rhythms as well.
Sugar Plum Fairy on a Glass Harp
If one were to play this without any video, most would be hard pressed to name the instrument being played. With a table lined with glasses partially filled with water, this duo creates a magical moment of music.
Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) by ThePianoGuys
This group pushes the limits and stretches the imagination through their choice of instruments and unusual settings. They also stretch the limits in how they play the instruments. A broken string does not hold them back – they just celebrate the moment and don't miss a beat.
Wizards in Winter by Raleigh Ringers
Those who are musicians will appreciate the difficulty of this piece with numerous bell changes and many sixteenth notes throughout the song. I only recently learned about this group and am quite impressed with so many of their pieces. They infuse some of their songs, such as The Grinch, with a bit of humor that keeps the audience watching to see what they will do next!
O Holy Night by Celtic Woman
This Christmas carol calls for top talent, and these ladies rise to the occasion with crystal clear voices that are unique but blend beautifully. Celtic Woman captures the audience's attention from the first note through the end of the song.''
Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
This version combines the voices of children with an orchestra that takes each song into new heights. I love the peaceful feeling of this carol created with the sounds and sights.
Silent Night by Jackie Evancho
This young girl has been gifted with amazing talent, and I'm so glad that she has chosen to share her voice with the world. You don't break world records and reach platinum on mediocre music.
What Child is This by Lindsey Stirling
Many people that I know name What Child is This as their favorite Christmas carol. It seems only fitting that Ms. Stirling would choose to play this song in a minor key outside where nature tends to play in minor keys as well.
Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene
Some of my roots dig deep into country music. Buddy Greene is an amazing harmonica player, and the haunting words capture this mother's heart. This newer Christmas song combines hope with the hindsight of those who have a human's glimpse of what that Baby accomplished.
Hallelujah Chorus by a Flash Mob
I would have loved to have been shopping there that day! This group does a nice job of pleasantly surprising folks in the mall. It is fun to simply see the reactions of the many people who happened to be at the right place at the right time.
12 Days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser (original 1998 version)
A lot of people find this song to be annoying and cannot wait for all twelve of those days to be done. However, this version throws in some unexpected twists and turns. I won't be the spoiler. Trust me – I think even those who are not big fans of this song will get a kick out of this one.
I wish that Landfill Harmonic will create a Christmas collection. These children who play instruments made from recycled garbage are creating hope along with their music – many kudos to those who are helping to make that happen.
Additional articles by Katrena:
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- How to Keep Christmas Meaningful and Special for Your Family
- Nativity Scenes Showcase Birth of Jesus for Christmas and Advent
- Name That Christmas Carol Trivia Game