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Creating My Christmas Mix

Generally speaking, I resist the pull of The Season when the decorations start popping up on November 1. "It's too early!" is my customary wail. But this year, as you've probably guessed from the previous post, I've resigned myself to it. I've even started constructing a Christmas mix on my Dell jukebox and hence have been in search of good covers of various carols. Jesus songs only, mind, and not just for religious reasons. Ever since my year in retail, the secular songs which tend to make it onto the usual Shopping Mall/Department Store Mix create in me a vague urge to stab out my own eye with a fork. ("Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Jingle - " *stabbity*) Which obviously explains why I do a lot of shopping online.

But at any rate: Any suggestions from the peanut gallery?


I have a few Veggie Tales versions of carols from thier Christmas album, but my favourite is my Barenaked Ladies and Sara McLauchlin arrangement of God Bless You Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings. Has to be heard to be beleived.
I don't know if this is what you're after - but there is an absolutely gorgeous brass version of "We Three Kings". Which I cannot currently remember the arranger of, but it's amazing. If you're interested, I may be able to find more details...

Otherwise, I have a very nice CD of "Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band" doing proper Christmas carols. She has a wonderful voice, and it feels very mediaeval. Plus there's, like, practically everything John Rutter has done ever.

Errrr... *looks hopeful*
Duh. John Iveson is the arranger.
Natalie Merchant - Children, Go Where I Send Thee."

( From the album "A Very Happy Christmas" )

Children, go where I send thee
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee one by one
One for the little bitty baby
That was born, born
Born in Bethlehem.
Children, go where I send thee
How shall I send thee?
I'm gonna send thee two by two
Two for Paul and Silas
One for the little bitty baybe
That was born, born
Born in Bethlehem.
Three for the Hebrew children...
Four for the four that stood at the door...
Five for the gospel preachers...
Six for the six that never got fixed...
Seven for the seven that never got to heaven...
Eight for the eight that stood at the gate...
Nine for the nine all dressed so fine...
Ten for the ten commandments...
Eleven for the eleven deriders...
Twelve for the twelve Apostles...
Oh - apparently there's a series of the Very Special Christmas albums.

This song is on the third one.
Boney M did a good Christmas song, "Mary's Boychild" I think. Traditional lyrics and a cool beat.

For a secular one and a good one considering the day, I like "Snoopy's Christmas" where he and the Red Baron decide not to fight. :-P
The Kings Singers are good value.