Carols and Music for the Season

Last night we took in Carols by Candlelight, A Holiday Celebration of Hope at the college chapel. The evening featured carols and other holiday music sung by campus a cappella groups, readings and carols sung by participants accompanied by pipe organ. Wow, what music. I can only describe it this way. As I listened to those voices in harmony it was like my chest was expanding with a really deep breath. But instead of oxygen my body was filling with music. And although I breathed deep but couldn't get enough.

I love listening to Christmas tunes this time of year. These are a few of my favorite albums.

Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan, especially In The Bleak Mid Winter.
Glory & Peace by Trevor Dick. I really like this CD for several reasons the main one being it's great instrumental music that features my brother, Brad Toews, on piano. My bro is a professional musician and home renovator. He's amazing at both. Oh and he's an AWESOME father to three and husband to my sis-in-law. So buy the CD.
A Christmas Album by Amy Grant. This is a seriously old CD but it has huge sentimental value to me. This was one of the first albums (it was a cassette tape I played in my Walkman) I ever owned. I received it as a birthday gift from my aunt and uncle the year I turned 8, 9 or 10, something like that. I loved it then and still do. It isn't Christmas if I haven't heard "Tennessee Christmas".
What are you listening to these days?

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  • Wayfaring Wanderer

    Wayfaring Wanderer on Dec. 9, 2008, 3:21 p.m.

    That sounds like a fun evening, singing was always my most favorite part of church and the one I used to go to sang a cappella.....all the women sounded like angels! Me, well, not so much. haha

    I'll be the first to sing along to Christmas songs over a loud speaker, but I don't have Christmas cd's that I am listening to. However, I am now inclined to check out Sarah M's CD.


  • Karen

    Karen on Dec. 10, 2008, 8:09 p.m.

    That chapel looks lovely. Candlelight and a good photographer.... The Sarah CD sounds good - could you bring it with you? We have similar good taste - I've been listening to the Glory and Peace Album too :) I've also been playing a short compilation that my friend's daughter downloaded from an Oprah Winfrey show. One of the carols is Silent Night; was Grandma's favorite and I can't listen to it without dropping some tears. Also planning to buy a new CD, by Yo-Yo Ma & Friends, to add to my collection.


  • Karen

    Karen on Dec. 11, 2008, 11:19 p.m.

    Can't always judge a CD by a newspaper's review. I bought Yo-Yo Ma & Friends on iTunes and wouldn't recommend it. I'm giving it a 7 - barely. Oh well, it's different from what I already have.


    • Karen

      Karen on Dec. 19, 2008, 4:02 p.m.

      I'm changing my tune, or that is, my opinion. This Yo-Yo Ma & Friends CD is growing on me the more I listen to it. Wouldn't be for everyone but we're enjoying it.


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