It’s shockingly easy to make confessions on the internet, and I can’t resist making one of my own: I love commercial Christmas music stations. You know, the kind that plays “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “The Little Drummer Boy” around the clock from the day after Thanksgiving to the stroke of noon on Christmas Day. This is horrifying, I know, and I fully accept it as evidence of masochistic personality disorder, together with my compulsion to mop the kitchen floor on my hands and knees and my tendency to leaf through books like “Paris Hilton’s Confessions of an Heiress” for minutes on end at Target. I ask for mercy, not judgement.
In my defense, I only indulge in the car, when I can’t listen to my Christmas CDs (no CD player). But my children are almost always in the car with me, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to afford their therapy bills if I can’t kick my habit now. So in an effort to expand my taste for quality Christmas music, I want to solicit your picks. I’m an omnivore; anything goes.
A few of mine, to get things started:
London’s recording of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Neville Marriner
Good old “Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir”
A disc put out by Verve, titled “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas”
A disc I picked up at a grocery store, released by Sterling records and title “Smoky Mountain Christmas,” with lovely arrangements for hammered dulcimer, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and bass.