In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d post a list of my favorite Christmas songs. I haven’t written or arranged anything yet because I’ve been out and about with family throughout the past week, although I have had a few random inspirations for some sort of men’s quartet arrangement of O Holy Night. I don’t foresee jumping back into composing until the new year, but maybe at that point I’ll feel like backtracking on the season and trying to work on that haha. I have a couple other projects in mind for the new year too, so I’m excited to get started. For now though, I’ll just have to stick to the listening. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas songs.
The Coventry Carol
In the Bleak Midwinter
Ding Dong Merrily on High
O Holy Night
Hahahaha all jokes aside, I really love this song. It’s so beautiful. I would also like to take some time to express my disdain for Joy to the World, unless it’s a really cool arrangement. It’s just so overdone and I’m frankly just kind of tired of it. Anyway, Merry Christmas all! I hope your days were wonderful and you were able to enjoy time with your families.
Also, happy fifth day of Hanukkah to all you Jewish folk. Here’s something for you.
Things got a little busy for me this past semester and I let this blog fall by the wayside, which is unfortunate because it was really motivating me to keep doing what I love doing on the side of everything. So four months, an entire semester, a few emotional impasses, and a lot of bus driving later, my goal and new year’s resolution is to get back into the swing of things and start this back up. This is sort of just a catch up post. In the interest of getting blogging again, I’m not going to post full reviews of the artists that I was previously looking into, but I will say a bit so I can then start fresh. Beginning Sunday (Christmas! WooHOO!), I’ll get back into finding new artists/albums each week, as well as write a few reviews on a few new things I’ve discovered over the past month, most notably Blind Pilot’s new album We are the Tide. I love it so much.
A Change of Pace
These guys are alright. Long story short, I probably would have loved them had I listened to them when I was back in high school, as they are close enough to your traditional pop-punk style band, which was my jam back then. My favorite song would most likely be “The First Time We Ever Met.” Their one album, “Just No Better Way,” interestingly enough has five songs followed by acoustic versions of the same five songs. In a lot of cases, I ended up liking the acoustic versions more, as one would expect with my current tastes in music. The acoustic version of “I Found Myself Today” is excellent. For the most part, I don’t see myself listening to A Change of Pace much going forward with the exception of a few songs.
Cold War Kids
This group is great. They’re an indie band that seems to have influences from various other genres, and the lead singer has a voice very much typically attributed to a traditional punk band, which adds a whole other dimension to their music, as nothing else has the punk feel to it. I don’t really have a favorite song at this point. I like most of their stuff, so when I listen, I just go straight through. Some highlights are “Hang Me Up to Dry” and “I’ve Seen Enough.”
Super Retroactive Top 5:
These are the artists that I’ve seemed to always come back to listen to the most over the past four months.
1. Blind Pilot
3. Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos
4. The Format
5. Of Montreal