Winter holiday music need not be confined to Christmas carols and Hannukah songs. Much as I enjoy the melodies of those holidays, by the time December rolls around I’ve more than had my fill. Rather than stuffing my ears with cotton buds, I decided to create my own mix of music. While none of the selections are related to Christmas or Hannukah, I have always associated them with the holidays. Something about them suits the winter, and inspires holiday spirit.
1-Best of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald Ella’s unmistakeable velvet voice combined with Louis’ rasp makes me want to dance around the house in a tuque and mittens. Not sure why, but this music IS winter.
2- The Sound of Music 1965 film soundtrack “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…these are a few of my favourite things!” Turn on the TV over the holidays, and you are likely to catch “The Sound of Music.” With no reference to any holiday or to winter, it’s understood that this is one of the best winter family movies ever made. We love singing along to the soundtrack.
3- Opera d’Oro At the Movies While baking, cooking, or brewing a coffee in my kitchen, there’s nothing like an opera hit to keep me company. Hollywood has long had a love affair with the opera, and this CD features the best moments of that affair.
4-Best of Leonard Cohen Nothing embodies the Canadian winter like the raspy voice of Montrealer Leonard Cohen. Must be the nostalgic slower-paced music that makes me want to wrap myself in a blanket, and lose myself in the poetry.
5- Live: Flamenco Puro If I can’t actually be in a warmer climate, I can at least imagine eating sweet oranges under a warm Andalusian sun. This CD does it every time….OLE!
There you have it. Try adding this mix to your holiday music for an alternative to Christmas carols or Hannukah songs. Expose the kids to something totally different!