13) Lundstroms-The Joys of Christmas Day
From their 1981 release "Best of Christmas." They actually have quite a few Christmas releases under their belt. There is one more LP I have to transfer to MP3 to share later on in the year, and I hope to come across more as my collection grows. I can't say I think their music is the best...it capably written and enjoyable and at times it hits a good mark. However, what I appreciate most about this family's music is that Lowell Lundstrom managed to pen quite a few original tracks for his Christmas releases, a rare thing to see in Christian music Christmas releases that just regurgitate the same standards over and over again.
14) Jane Siberry-Are You Burning, Little Candle?
I don't think I gave this song much notice the first time I listened to the Winter, Fire & Snow compilation (currently going for as little as 27¢ from amazon.com's sellers right now! Buy it!!!) but when it came around on my MP3 player while I was figuring what to include on this compilation, this song was one of the first ones to stick out to me. In fact, I think it was the first song I put on my list for songs to include, and I never wavered from it. A nice, nice tune...a good listen.
15) Gene Stewart-I Love Christmas
Wow, I just realized I am sharing a lot of tracks from this CD on this blog: Christmas Countdown. It may not be filled with the most revolutionary original Christmas music on Earth, but wow...it does deliver in a string of one great song after another. Highly recommended.
16) Ferlin Husky-In Santa's Bag
Like the song I used to kick off this compilation (The First Christmas) I wonder why we haven't heard versions of this over the years, keeping this on the rotation for classic standards to enjoy at Christmas time. Well, radio's loss is this blog's gain...I just wish that this song would get more attention around the holiday times! A fun, fun song, and from a great record over all: Christmas All Year Long. I have it on LP but I see amazon.com sells it as a MP3 album!
17) Bob Morrison-It's Christmas
From a 45 I acquired earlier this year.
18) Autumn Leaves- Wintertyme Joy
This was one of the My Space finds I found last December, but never got around to sharing it on the blog. Seemed fitting some how for a summer Christmas release to reflect on the joy of winter! The band is from Minneapolis, MN.
I promise to post the remaining six songs from this compilation before I head out of town!
Thank you for reading and listening!