On Saturday, I received a collection of Gunfighter's favorite Christmas tunes, including a CD of nothing but nine renditions of his absolutely favorite Christmas song. When he mentioned Mel Torme the other day, I thought he was probably referring to Torme's most famous Christmas song, called, strangely enough, "The Christmas Song." Boy, was I wrong. If you want to know what Gunfighter's all time favorite Christmas song is, you'll have to email him and ask for a copy of his CD. You won't be disappointed. Just one name: Jaymz Bee & The Royal Jelly Orchestra! Thanks, Gunfighter!
This got me thinking about my own collection of Christmas music. So, I took a little inventory.
According to my iTunes Library, I have 60 Christmas albums, representing 70 different artists.
My collection includes seven albums by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and eight or nine years of Hallmark albums, two Amy Grants, two Harry Connick Jrs., six albums of Johnny Mathis, and four Mannheim Steamrollers, not to mention German and Austrian versions of holiday music.
Throughout my collection, I have multiple versions of songs.
6 Angels We Have Heard on High
8 Away in the Manger
8 Carol of the Bells
3 Coventry Carol
4 Deck the Halls
7 Ding Dong Merrily on High
6 Do You Hear What I Hear?
12 God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
13 Hark the Herald Angels
8 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
22 Joy to the World
17 O Come, All Ye Faithful
6 O Come, O Come Emmanuel
21 O Holy Night
11 O Little Town of Bethlehem
12 Silver Bells
18 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
17 The First Noel
15 What Child Is This?
16 Winter Wonderland
66 German/Austrian Christmas Songs
And the clincher...
41 versions of Silent Night / Stille Nacht!
I have multiple versions of that loathesome Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, but only one version in my iTunes Library. It's a version the Mormon Tabernacle Choir did several years ago where they use a different music genre for each verse. It's hilarious and the best version I've ever heard or that's even worth listening to.
So, there you have it. Christmas music. Can you ever have too much?
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