Monday, 13 December 2010

Let The Music Play!


To me, there are two kinds of Christmas music, and they're both a big part of the season.


The first is the pop music from over the years. I have a 'Best Of' Christmas album, and I always play it while making my mincemeat and mince pies. As soon as John Lennon starts with that very first line 'So this is Christmas...' I'm in the Christmassy mood and ready to get elbow deep in flour and dried fruit while singing along at the top of my voice. My favourites are Fairytale Of New York (the original, not the Ronan Keating version), Chris de Burgh's A Spaceman Came Travelling, and I rather love Baby, It's Cold Outside by Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews. It's also a good CD to have on in the background at a Christmas gathering, or to play when The Children get home after the last day of term!


The second is the carols. I join in with the Christmas choir at my church every year - we moved to this area at the beginning of December 7 years ago so I was too late to be part of it then, but I attended the carol service that year and totally loved it! As soon as rehearsals were mentioned the following year I was on that list! We sing some old favourites and some newer pieces; in previous years we've sung God To Adam, Emmanuel, Born In A Stable, This Child, What Child Is This, the Hallelujah Chorus, This Little Babe, So Many Centuries Ago; this year we're doing O Holy Night!, Gaudete, Christmas Alleluias, And The Glory Of The Lord (Handel), Unto Us A Child Is Born, and John Rutter's Star Carol. The latter is a particular favourite of mine because I once sang it as part of my school choir, and I love the harmonies! We also sing the parts and descants to the congregational carols. It's such a wonderful service of praise, and I find that putting my heart and soul into these beautiful songs really reminds me of what Christmas is about.



They may be very different kinds of music, but I need them both to properly feel that Christmas is here :-)

17 comments:

Liberty :) said...

love this page, my favourite so far! i really love music too :)

Photographing Mom said...

Gorgeous page. So soft!!

Cheri said...

I love both kinds as well - I even love the instrumental like Mannheim Steam Roller. This year's new one that I really like is Train's "Shake it Up"

scrappyjacky said...

Totally agree with you....love both types.
My all time favourite xmas song is the original 'Fairytale of New York'.....though unlike many other people....I have quite a liking for Slade as well.

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm with you on the music front...each has its place!! I love this page & the tree one too...perfect!!

Linda said...

Nice page, Mel. I love Christmas music. It doesn't seem like it would be Christmas without it. Can you imagine?

Miriam said...

Yes I'm with you, both kinds of music for me too! I was listening to Spaceman came Travelling last night, and JL does the same for me. I would like to be in your kitchen at Christmas time Mel. x

Deb said...

I love when you take these classes, Mel, because it gives us an opportunity to see your lovely scrap-works. :o) xo

JO SOWERBY said...

i love john rutter, my fave is the shepherd's pipe carol. also the waitresses merry xmas, i also love kirsty and the pogues and maria carey's all i want for xmas,
Jo xxx

Mary B said...

Love your page and the square buttons look just right.
I love Christmas carols too and even though I can't sing in tune I always join in. Good job my friends are used to my voice.

Amy said...

I know what you mean about enjoying both types of music - have a lovely time singing in the choir :-)

Kim said...

I love your page! I'm hosting a scrapbooking challenge/link up about our favorite music (Christmas or otherwise). I would love if you would stop by @ www.itsacraftylife.blogspot.com and link up this post! Hope to see you there! ;-)

Michelle said...

I think it's nice page - simple and elegant. I do love the tradition which you wrote about - those toy servise at church - great idea!

Ruth said...

We have exactly the same taste in Cheistmas pop!

Karen said...

I love almost anything by John Rutter. I have two of his Christmas albums which I play frequently during the holiday.

Rachel B said...

I love Fairytale of New York, its my all time fave christmas tune! :)

Kim said...

I agree...I love both the traditional and nontraditional Christmas music. Wouldn't be the same without both! My favorite pop song is Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth when sang by Bob Hope and David Bowie. Thanks so much for joining my link up! I can't say how much I appreciate it. My blog is pretty new, and I guess I need to spread the word a little more before I try another scrapbooking link up! Thanks again and Merry Christmas!