Friday, December 09, 2011

It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas

A song from Annie Lennox's celebrated 2010 album, A Christmas Cornucopia. Lennox chose to record these carols she grew up singing for the human message they impart. She wisely decided to have the African Children's Choir sing backup on seven of the twelve tracks, adding a universal flavor and an innocence to the songs. Learn more about the making of A Christmas Cornucopia, and about the amazing African Children's Choir.

If you're tired of being at the mercy of those radio stations that rotate the same, tired Christmas songs 24/7, then take a trip to the Arts, Literature and Sports Department at the Central Library and pick out your own music. There is a variety of jazz, blues, rock, pop, and classical holiday albums to choose from. The holiday music is shelved separately and alphabetically for quick browsing.

We're pretty sure you've been nice and naughty this year, but these are still on their way from the North Pole:

Annie Lennox, A Christmas Cornucopia
Katherine McPhee, Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You
Michael Buble', Christmas
The Puppini Sisters, Christmas With The Puppini Sisters
Toni Braxton, Snowflakes
Justin Bieber, Under the Mistletoe
Luther Vandross, This Is Christmas

And Russell, who works in the Arts, Literature and Sports Department and knows his music, recommends these holiday albums:

Dave Koz, A Smooth Jazz Christmas
Grover Washington Jr., A Breath of Heaven
Josh Groban, Noel
Bette Midler, Cool Yule
Elton John, Elton John's Christmas Party
Natalie Cole, Holly and Ivy
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Light of the World
Kenny G., Wishes: A Holiday Album
Ultimate Soul Christmas
LinkThe Essential Now That's What I Call Christmas

Happy Holidays from the Birmingham Public Library!

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