Something Christmassy

December 22, 2014 • 1:00 pm

by Grania

Here’s a little something from my favorite a capella group Pentatonix, a young group of talented singers from the States who not only arrange compositions in delightfully creative ways, but also do incredibly inventive things with very modern, nightclub-sounding tracks.

Here’s the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

and Carol of the Bells

but do search their playlist on Youtube for more their Christmas fare, or if you prefer more modern music check 0ut tracks like their Daft Punk medley; or their cover of Belgium’s artist Stromae’s  Papaoutai or their original track Love again.

Oh, and please share your favorite Solstice songs with us.

58 thoughts on “Something Christmassy

      1. Then you should also like Tull’s Christmas Album, which not only includes Solstice Bells but alo a nicely jazzed-up instruental renditions of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.

  1. Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
    Walla Walla, Wash., an’ Kalamazoo!
    Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley,
    Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

  2. Pentatonix is really cool, they’re new to me.

    I’ve really been enjoying Kenny Burrell’s “Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas”. Here’s a sample:

  3. Some years ago, a Neopagan choral group called Mothertongue did a collection called This Winter’s Night that has a nicely primitive feel to it. That and Jethro Tull’s Christmas Album are my favorites. Of more modern songs, Eartha Kitt’s Santa Baby is good. Seattle DJ Bob Rivers did a collection of parody Christmas music on three Twisted Christmas CDs that provide a good antidote to the annual earworm infestation.

    A lot of traditional sacred music is good as long as it’s either in a language I don’t understand, it’s instrumental or I ignore the lyrics. The Catholic parish in which I was raised was Polish, and when I was a kid, the midnight mass was preceded by an hour of carols sung in Polish. I loved the music, partly because I couldn’t understand a single syllable.

    1. Love “I believe in Father Christmas” – this version sounds a little different than that on ELP Works Vol 2.

    2. “I Believe in Father Christmas” (aka The First Atheist Christmas Carol) is also my favorite solstice song.

      A few years ago my best buddy at the office (he’s culturally Greek Orthodox, and about as religious as anyone else on this list) and I were asking each other what our favorite Christmas song was; I mentioned this song, and then added “unless you count Lennon’s Imagine as a Christmas song.” He responded with one of my favorite lines ever, “Imagine is worth a holiday of its own.”

      His favorite, by the way, is Lennon’s “Happy Christmas (War is Over).”

  4. Oh, I have to add Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. It has nothing at all to do with Christmas, but the third movement has always sounded like the embodiment of Christmas to me.

  5. The human voice really is an astounding thing and these people are exceptional.

    Thanks to everyone who has suggested something, I’m gonna have a great time listening to all that lot. 🙂

  6. Well, I was going to introduce Jethro Tull’s “The Christmas Album”, but I’ve been beaten to it by both Ant and E.A. Blair.

    In my circle of friends and acquaintences, I have not met a single other JT fan, so it’s nice to meet a couple here.

    But, although it’s not really my style of music, I have to admit Pentatonic is pretty good at what they do.

    1. A friend with an older brother in college (who was an avid fan) got me started on Jethro Tull back in the pre-Aqualung days. The first album of theirs I heard was their second, Stand Up; in those days, they were making a transition from blues (their first album) to rock.

      My first rock concert was Jethro Tull at Milwaukee’s Performing Arts Center. The warmup act was Curved Air. This turned out to be the first North American performance of the music from Aqualung. In a later radio interview, Ian Anderson said that Milwaukee, Madison and Iowa City were his favorite US stops.

      1. This is weird.

        My first introduction to JT was through a college friend of my younger brother. But it was the “Thick as a Brick” album. He was not a fan of JT but liked this particular album. I have bought them all from before and since.

        I have never attended a concert. They perform here rarely and, on each occasion, births deaths and marriages have conspired against me attending.

  7. Sorry, I am not making this easy(but I am new to this type of posting)try the King College Cambridge version of the Holy and the Ivy.
    Best pegan/ Christian carol, and my all time favourite….

      1. Thank you, brings back very gentle and kind memories of being rescued, cold and half a bottle of Blue Nun later, by a choir student who made us tea and invited us to evensong… I have always had a very special love for the Kings College Chior since that very cold night in December 1973.
        A very Stan Rogers first Christmas on Her Own..
        Happy Happy N.

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