I cannot believe we have reached the Christmas season already. Unbelievable. Christmas is my favorite holiday and not because of the presents, it’s because I get to spend so much time with my family.
One of the things that keeps me in the Christmas spirit, is some soul-moving music.
Check out my holiday playlist:
Okay, who is not a Mariah Carey fan, really? Released in November 1994, this project is one of the best Christmas albums to date! My favorites are “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” As soon as Thanksgiving is over, this is one of the albums I have ready to play from my Christmas playlist.
Resting in heaven is the beautiful and multi-talented Whitney Houston. Also known as “The Voice,” this global superstar serenaded us with her smooth, rich vocals. The soundtrack and movie was released in 1994 and still reigns as one of my favorite movies and soundtracks of all times. My favorite songs from this album are…all of them! I’m listening to it right now as I blog. The songs are joyous and filled with the Christmas love and spirit. RIP Whitney.
We all know Grammy-winning superstar, Toni Braxton, right? Did you know she had four sisters who all can sing, too? After Toni went solo, her sisters formed their own group years ago. Now that the sisters are older, they have joined together to create a Christmas album and it is good! They all have distinctive voices and when they come together, it creates a beautiful harmony. Their only brother, Michael, is on the album, too. My favorites are “Mary, Did You Know,”Every Day is Christmas” and “Last Christmas.” You can see the entire Braxton clan on their hit reality TV show, “Braxton Family Values” on WeTV (on hiatus.)
Where are my ole-schoolers? Is “Silent Night,” sung by The Temptations, your favorite version? Okay, it’s mine! I love their version. Funny tip about me: If I don’t hear this song during the holidays, my Christmas spirit becomes fainted. Is that crazy or what? Ha! This song reminds me of being at my aunts house (RIP) for Christmas, playing the classic game of Monopoly and playing with my cousins. So many great memories associated with this song. I love it.
Another angel who is in heaven, Luther Vandross, in my opinion, is the best male vocalist….ever! As with Whitney, there was something peculiar about those vocal pipes. My cousins are going to flip when they read this post (they are obsessed with Luther). I love this Christmas album because I can sit by the fireplace, drink some hot cocoa, catch up on my reading and indulge in some Luther. My favorite song? “Every Year, Every Christmas.”
I have many more Christmas albums and songs that I love, the ones I mentioned above are just in heavy rotation on my mobile device this year. We will see if this changes next year. I doubt it, though.
Okay, your turn! What are some of your favorite Christmas songs and/or albums?
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