Sunday, December 12, 2010

listening to, christmas edition

I am still listening to a ton of Piaf.  But this weekend, the urge to listen to Christmas music has hit me full-force, so I've been switching back and forth.  There's a lot of great Christmas music out there, so you get extra songs today.
"Baby, It's Cold Outside" performed by Chris Colfer and Darren Criss on Glee.  I've never enjoyed this song.  I have no idea why, perhaps because of how wordy it is.  That said, I adore this rendition.  I have been listening to it nonstop.
"The Christmas Waltz," sung by Frank Sinatra.  This is another one I've only recently come to love.  I've heard it before, but it's become my second favourite to listen to this year. 
"Hallelujah Chorus," from Handel's Messiah.  In all my years studying to be a soloist, I always went back to complex choral pieces as my favourite thing to sing, and the Hallelujah Chorus tops them all.  This video of a flashmob in a mall food court singing it makes me heart flutter.  I love how people who are clearly not involved in the planning, stand up and join in the song.
"Jingle Bells,"performed by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.  We had this exact recording on a giant Christmas CD box set my mom brought home when I was a kid, and the first time my grandmother heard it, she exclaimed "Why, it's Bing!" like he was a friend she hadn't heard from in years.  It's one of my most treasured memories.  Plus, I just love the casual back-and-forth of the performance.
"All I Want For Christmas is You" by Mariah Carey.  I am emphatically not a fan of pop-style Christmas songs.  But I adore this song, and if you don't, I don't think I want to know you.  It's just a solidly good, fun song.

So there you go!  I hope you're having a happy Christmas season, wherever you are!


Wu said...

totally feeling it. time to bust out the holiday pjs and cocoa.

Kelly Anne said...

Doooooo it!

Victorian inn bed and breakfast said...

I love all of Darren's movements in this scene, absolutely adorable!