25 Days Of Christmas Music 2019: Day 4

Welcome back to the countdown!!!

Here is another 1950’s Christmas card image.   So adorable!!!

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Found on Pinterest (original source unknown).

Today’s singer is known as The Queen of Christian Pop.  The first time I saw her she was performing her hit “Angels” on the Grammy awards barefoot.  I was intrigued.  Her mainstream break through came in 1986 when her duet with Chicago’s Peter Cetera, “The Next Time I Fall“, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Her 1991 album “Heart In Motion” produced another number one song, “Baby, Baby“, along with several other hits.  Her take on today’s tune is much different than the full choir & orchestral versions usually associated with this piece.  And I have always loved those as they remind me of hearing it in church when I was a little girl.  But this singer’s version with only a minimal arrangement peppered with a light touch of traditional back-up accompaniment allows her beautiful clear soft voice to stand out in all its beauty.  Thanks to her less is more approach, I think this is one of the best versions of this song I have ever heard.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant:  “O Come All Ye Faithful” (1992, written by various authors with the earliest verse dating back to 1744).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you  🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!

Christmas Song Countdown #20

Hello, Vixens!!!  Welcome back to the countdown!!!

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Courtesy:  Country Living Magazine

Today’s pick was one of my mother’s favorite Christmas carols.  If I close my eyes tight enough I can practically see myself as a young girl standing next to her in church singing this song with her.

The version I chose is by a singer who has one of the most beautiful-and most powerful-voices I have ever heard.  She is tied with Reba McEntire for the most nominations (17) in any vocalist category from the Country Music Association .  While she has a lengthy repertoire of original music (including my favorite “A Broken Wing“), she has also covered such classics as Van Morrison’s “Wild Night“, Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night“.

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Kris Kristofferson (Original source unknown)

 

WE INTERRUPT THIS BLOG POST FOR A MOMENT TO SWOON OVER KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!!! .

(Thank you.  I needed that).

I like that despite the strength of her voice, she does not over-sing every single note of every song she sings.  She adds the punch when needed but sings softly as well.  Her performance of this song is a perfect example of her impeccable balance.

Martina McBride:  O Come All Ye Faithful.

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you   🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!

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Courtesy:  Country Living Magazine