Ding Dong Merrily

On this, the last day of Christmastide, a quick note on my 2016 Christmas music standouts.

1. I gained appreciation this year for The Huron Carol, also called Gabriel’s Message or In the Moon of Wintertime. I’ve had many versions in the mix(es) for years, but its brooding character really charmed me this winter. Here’s a nice live version by Sting.

2. Gobbled up as many versions as I could of Táladh Chriosda (also called Christ Child’s Lullaby), wonderful in Gaelic or English. Again, a song that I’ve had in numerous instrumental forms for quite a while, but only really dug into sung versions this year. Perhaps a way to deal with leaving Scotland? Here’s a lovely version by the Scottish trio Shine (whose albums I now need to add in for next year).

3. On the pop side, Leoni Jansen & Annie Grace’s cover of Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody” is a new favorite. Until living in Scotland, I didn’t comprehend the cultural significance of Slade’s song for most of the British population. Americans may hear it pop up in British Christmas films, but until you live there, you just don’t know. On the flip side, it can be hard as an American living in the UK at Christmas to deal with the fact that no coffee shops will be playing Charlie Brown Christmas tracks. Be warned.

(and Slade’s, for good measure)

4. Before the song took on eternally deeper signficance this Dec 25, I fell in love this season with the Puppini Sisters’ cover of George Michael’s “Last Christmas.” Now I love it even more.

5. And to round things off, thanks to Maryann, I added over 13 hours of music to my Christmas holdings (she may still be figuing out what to do with the day and a half’s worth I gave her). The first annual Christmas Summit music share brought more warm celtic/acoustic music and Elizabethan drinking songs to my Christmas playlists than I could have hoped for, plus some Johnny Cash and John Denver that somehow hadn’t found their way to the playlists yet.

Ding Dong Merrily!

Posted on Fri, Jan 6th, 2017 at 5:32 pm
Filed under Lists, Music, Scotland.

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