Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Perfect Christmas Album ... Again!

Yes, I know that Halloween just passed us by, and we haven't yet celebrated Thanksgiving; and I know that I generally make recommendations on books, not CDs. But - technically - songs are just a compilation of writings put to music; and, now that it's November, I feel I can kinda sorta get away with writing about a Christmas CD!

Last week, my hubby and I attended the Amy Grant "Lead Me On" 20th Anniversary tour. It was AWESOME ... as always ... Amy Grant is one of my all-time favorite artists. Her songs are made up of words and melodies that I consider absolute perfection. After the concert, I couldn't help but purchase Amy's new Christmas CD, "The Christmas Collection", made up of a bunch of her favorite songs from previous Christmas albums, plus four new recordings.

One of the new recordings, which she co-wrote - "I Need a Silent Night" - is right up there with "Breath of Heaven" and "A Christmas to Remember" for me ... the words and the music are amazing and so very relatable, and I can listen to it repeatedly (literally!!!).

As for the kids, Amy's "Jingle Bells" is the one they ask for repeatedly (yes, we've been playing just this Christmas music in the car over the past few days ... after all, it's a new CD ... we can't just let it sit there, waiting for the 'official' day to begin playing Christmas music!) ... and I have to agree, it is an awesome arrangement that goes so fast you can barely take a breath if you're singing along! It puts a big smile on the kids' faces, and makes for a very fun ride to school in the morning!

So, if the clouds and rain and cold weather are getting you in the mood for the holidays, and you're looking for a new Christmas CD to enjoy, this one comes with my high recommendation!

6 comments:

serenity said...

I'm always looking for a new Christmas CD to enjoy!! Thank you, thank you! And I should have known Amy Grant would have another good one. Nobody does Christmas music like her, unless it's Michael W. Smith. That guy knows Christmas like nobody's business.

I'm glad you're in a hurry for it as well. It all goes away so suddenly on December 26th. I don't see any reason why we can't start celebrating now. It's the happiest time of the year. :)

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

I love MWS music too ... we're so bummed to have to miss his Christmas concert here in Portland ... I'm sure it's going to be awesome!

Gottawrite Girl said...

Love xmas music... "barumpumpumpummmm". Makes me cry, in fact! Thanks for finding me, and love your blog...

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

GWG! Thanks for stopping by ... I know, I love Xmas music too ... it's so happy and uplifting ... except the ones that make you cry ... but it's a joyful cry! :-)

joyinview said...

LOVE Amy Grant!! I wish I could have made it to the LMO concert, but unfortunately it did not come to my area! "I Need a Silent Night" is by far my new favorite Christmas song of the season. Amy is definitely one of my all time favorite songwriters..I relate to her music so much. Thanks for sharing about the concert..do you have any good pics or video footage?

Kelly Hoeckelberg-Young said...

JoyInView - Thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately, no good pics ... and the video footage off my phone is quite subpar! :-) You can sort of make out the song ... but I wouldn't really be able to prove it's actually Amy up on the stage! :-)