I love to listen to Christmas music in December. I play a lot the classics but I also enjoy listening to remakes of the classics with an added modern spin. And I’m always on the hunt for new, original holiday music.
But when I travel to my sister’s house to do our annual Christmas baking (we make these Italian type donuts we Italians call “turdilli”), festive Christmas music is always playing through the speakers when I walk through the door. And it’s usually our favorite Christmas album of all time.
So I wanted to share it with you.
The artist is Nat King Cole. And the album is called “Christmas with Nat King Cole”.
I still have, in my possession, the old, original vinyl record that my parents played over and over again when we were kids. It smells musty now and the album jacket is hanging on by a thread. I also own the digital versions. Either way, the recordings are still the warm and delicious gems they always were. When I play the songs I hear the “honey” in Cole’s distinctive baritone voice. And the album has what I feel is missing in a lot of music these days… amazing dynamics. Not to mention the old school arrangements and orchestration of the incredible Nelson Riddle. There are a couple of songs which you may not have ever heard which are stellar. Check out “Buon Natale,” “The Little Christmas Tree” and “The Happiest Christmas Tree.”
Here’s the full playlist:
The Christmas Song
Deck the Halls
Frosty the Snowman
I Saw Three Ships
Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas to You)
Adest Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful)
Little Town of Bethlehem
The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot
The First Noel
The Little Christmas Tree
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
The Happiest Christmas Tree
Joy To The World
O Holy Night
A Cradle in Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
A little about the crooner:
Nat King Cole did most of his commercial recordings in the 40’s and 50’s and died in 1965. He was originally a jazz piano player but soon was discovered for his distinct vocals. He has left a legacy of incredible recordings. It’s worth your while to own these recordings.
I’m listening to it as I’m writing this and it’s making me smile.
Oh, and if you’re in the mood to hear an original Christmas song, here’s a link to one of my originals co-written with Gigi Swanson.
“Merry Christmas to Me” on CD Baby >
HAPPY LISTENING AND JOYFUL HOLIDAYS!