Friday, December 10, 2010

Favorite Lesser Known Christmas Songs

So, we've been listening to B101 for the past two weeks, because they play non-stop Christmas music from Thanksgiving until I get sick of it. I don't listen to it all that often, only in the car or in the shower. Maybe I listen to about 10 hours a week. And yet it seems like I hear some version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town every single time I turn the radio on. And Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer almost as often. I have nothing against these songs, but it would be nice to have a little more variety. From various free and legal download sites, I obtained 13+ hours of Christmas music this year. Sure, my collection includes 8 versions of "O Holy Night" but by and large, I feel like I have more variety on my computer than B101 has in their rotation.

So, if you're getting tired of the same Christmas music, like me, I'd like to recommend a few lesser known Christmas songs that are tucked away in my memory from such places as school choir concerts from my childhood.

This Little Babe

D'ou Viens-Tu Bergère?

Old Toy Trains

The Huron Carol ('Twas in the Moon of Wintertime)

Petit Papa Noel

Hmm, as I compile this list, I realize that I should probably have titled it, "Favorite Canadian Christmas Songs." I guess that explains why I don't hear them on American radio!

Do you have any favorites you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them!


jd said...

Or does it say even more about your French Immersion Canadian upbringing??!!

jd said...

My favourite has always been "Silent Night". But I really like "Birthday of a King". As for Christmas songs, I like "Chestnuts Roasting By An Open Fire".

Amelinda said...

Ohhh, I <3 Benjamin Britten. I sang Ceremony of Carols in choir as a kid and that has always been my favourite christmas music!

The chorales from the Messiah are right up there, too, for the same reason...especially "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" and "Hallelujah".

Two others that stuck with me: "Gabriel's Message", for arresting lyrics and an appropriately mysterious/spooky melody. Sting has quite a nice rendition of this one, actually. And the lovely "El Cant Dels Ocelles" or "Carol of the Birds" can find both on YouTube, I think, if you're interested.

Commission de surendettement said...

Great youtube video. nice !