I have a couple of special treats to share with you for the holidays. My (Jewish) family has always seemed to find it somewhat perplexing that I like Christmas music, in fact I like it rather a lot, though I couldn’t tell you why. So in the holiday spirit I have three things that I want to share, though I must warn you, they are not quite typical.

Happy Christmhaneid
Happy Christmhaneid (Photo by Frankie Roberto)

My friend David Gallant is an amazing DJ, no, not the kind that plays music at people’s weddings, at least not normally. Dave is a club DJ, the kind of guy will beat match the tempo of each song to the next one and keep the crowd dancing nonstop all night. I have to admit, that while I tremendously admire his skills, modern” dance” music is not my style. However, I’ll make an exception for his “X-mass X-mix.”   Go to his blog and listen to or download this very cool mashup of holiday standards.

Speaking of mashups of a rather different kind, I would like to introduce you to one of my all time favorite pieces of music.   It’s a klezmer arrangement of the standard carol Joy To The World.  Just in case you’re not familiar with it, klezmer music is a style played originally by Eastern European Jews. It tends to be very upbeat, and features a style of clarinet playing which is absolutely unique. Let me point out the (possibly obvious) absurdity of a klezmer arraignment of any sort of CHRISTMAS music, but the Klezmonauts do it amazingly well.  Like I said, this is one of my all time favorite pieces of music.

I’ve saved this third one for last because it’s the one that I suspect you may have seen.  It’s a video of a performance by the a capella group Straight No Chaser of their amazing version of The 12 Days of Christmas.  This video was posted on Youtube in 1996 and since then has been viewed over 10,000,000 times.  It’s another remarkable creation.

Happy holidays – which ever ones you do or do not celebrate – to you and yours!

  • What a treat this has been to listen to this music. I loved the Jewish flare of Joy To The World. And, it’s the first time I’ve heard the 12 Days of Christmas from this fine group. I’m putting this musical treat on my site. Thanks loads for sharing.

  • What a treat this has been to listen to this music. I loved the Jewish flare of Joy To The World. And, it’s the first time I’ve heard the 12 Days of Christmas from this fine group. I’m putting this musical treat on my site. Thanks loads for sharing.

  • Andy,

    I also like Christmas music more than is reasonable for a non-Christian man. I especially like sacred Christmas music. Hmmm.

    Thank you for the three treats. Yes, I have seen (and posted) that 12 days thing, but thanks for reminding me of it!

    Geoff

  • Andy,

    I also like Christmas music more than is reasonable for a non-Christian man. I especially like sacred Christmas music. Hmmm.

    Thank you for the three treats. Yes, I have seen (and posted) that 12 days thing, but thanks for reminding me of it!

    Geoff