Every December I love to play Christmas music. I listen to a lot of the classics, or remakes of the classics, and some new original songs that put a modern spin on holiday music. When I travel to my sister’s house to do our annual Christmas baking, festive Christmas music is always playing through the speakers.
Every year, though, I look forward to one album that I’ve listened to over and over again, no matter what year, and no matter what new material is out there for the downloading.
And 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 the old vinyl record that my parents played over and over again when I was a kid. It’s beaten up for sure and the album jacket is hanging on by a thread, but the songs are still the warm and delicious analog they always were. When you play the songs you hear the “honey” in Cole’s distinctive baritone voice. And the album has what is missing in a lot of music these days… amazing dynamics. The arrangements and orchestration are stellar.
Nat King Cole was an artist who 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 was later discovered for his vocal chops.
He has left a legacy of incredible recordings.
There is one song that’s missing from the Christmas with Nat King Cole version that’s currently available, but it’s on the old record I have, and you can still download it from iTunes. It’s a delicate and somewhat sad song called “The Little Christmas Tree.” It’s one of my favorites. So, I’ve included a link to play or buy this track.
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 more Christmas songs, below is a video of one of my originals.
HAPPY LISTENING AND JOYFUL HOLIDAYS!