The holidays are approaching quickly, and some may say prematurly. Starbucks and Bristol Farms already have all their Christmas decorations up, and are blasting the Christmas decorations. As someone who has "All I Want for Christmas" by Mariah Carey on a yearlong playlist, I do appricate all the cheer, but I also worked in retail, where Holiday music is MANDETORY from Thanksgivng to the second week in January. So, after playing Bing Crosby on repeat 20 times, try some of these albums that are totally Holiday appropiate, I assure you they will fit the ambiance just as much as the classics.
This is a great album because every generation in your family can love it. It covers all the classics such as "I'll be There" and "Just My Imagination" as well as a version of their hit single "End of the Road." This is my soundtrack I listen to while cooking dinner with my mom.
I'm never sure how to describe this CD, one of my favorites that I stumbled upon in college, but Amazon.com describes it as low-key indie rock. But its more complex then that, and so much more interesting. American Analog mixes guitar, soft vocals and electronic beats. I listen to this CD when I need to chill out, so I would think its the perfect evening mix to put in after the company has gone.
Gotan Project is Tango + Electronic music inspired by tradition Latin and Jazz music. At times it sort of reminds me of lounge music, slow tempo, minimal vocals (in Spanish.) It's a very "sexy" music, and would be great for a cocktail party or a romantic dinner. My most favorite track is "Una Musica Brutal", which was featured in the movie Shall We Dance with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.
I can't think of any musician more universally uplifting then Jack Johnson. I gave my mom all of his CD's for one Christmas, which may be why it reminds me of the holidays, but it really is light feel-good music that is so easy to enjoy. I would probably play this during post-present opening or during lunchtime. It is also music that kids usually enjoy listening to, so its perfect to distract them from "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells"
Regardless of the time of year, this is my parents go-to CD when we are entertaining guests. It's a bunch of classic songs, most of which I heard FIRST though his cover CD's. I really enjoy listening to them.
OK, so this CD does have some Christmas music, but its only delightful, instrumental Christmas music. Guaraldi is best known for the Charlie Brown soundtracks, and this CD has all of those songs, plus many many more including "Girl From Ipanema" and "Moon River"
Being from Hawaii, Hawaiian music musicians like Ka'au Crater Boys and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole were part of my musical education as Michael Jackson and U2. Many people might think its funny to listen to Hawaiian music during Christmas, but I think its perfect. It will warm you up even if its snowing outside! The Ka'au Crater Boys are contemporary Hawaiian music group. This is a great introduction to contemporary Hawaiian because many of the songs are in English, plus they do amazing covers of Brown Eyed Girl and Still the One.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole is probably the the most well known contemporary Hawaiian musician outside of Hawaii. You've heard his rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World" somewhere between MasterCard commercials and various movie soundtracks. I recommend this CD, one because its the best selling Hawaiian music album of all time, and two, because it has all of his best tracks. Many songs have only Iz's voice and his ukulele.