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The best Christmas music. December 10, 2009

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Our friend Ben is a sentimentalist at heart, and I love playing Christmas carols pretty much nonstop throughout December. (Luckily, Silence Dogood shares this taste, and none of our animals know how to object, so we assume they enjoy our Christmas CDs, too.) But it’s one thing to enjoy carols and hymns, and quite another to want to be subjected to Alvin and the Chipmunks, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, or the dog-barking Christmas carols. Spare us, please.

Our friend Ben wrote a post last December listing our all-time favorite Christmas CDs, “Ben Picks Ten: Christmas Music,” and I have little reason to change my choices this year, so by all means search for this post on our search bar and stock up on any CDs that sound appealing.

We were, however, able to acquire one coveted CD after I wrote that post, and of course have been loving it. We’ve been fans of the Crash Test Dummies since “MmmmMmmmMmmmMmmm” and “The Superman Song,” and their Christmas CD, “Jingle All the Way…,” was high on our must-get list. Unfortunately, its price was something over $200, a rare collectible. Damn.

Then, suddenly, Amazon was offering an imported version for a few bucks. We snapped it up. And did it ever live up to its reviews! Our friend Ben says: Check it out! (But mind you, we are talking about the Crash Test Dummies here. Interspersed with beautiful renditions of traditional carols are Brad Roberts’ warped but highly entertaining takes on “White Christmas ” and “Jingle Bells.” So don’t expect 100% sweetness and light!)

And don’t forget the other CDs I’ve recommended. Make the season bright! And by all means, let me know if I’ve left one of your faves off the list. We’re always on the lookout for great Christmas music!