o rapt'rous scene! o living green!
Though I didn't set out to, I found I've created, day by day, a playlist to take me through the whole Christmas season, from the week of Thanksgiving to Twelfth Night on January 6th.
What do I do with this? My own Advent celebration.
All I know is that this music and the attentive movement I've made through it has made this Christmas season especially beautiful to me this year.
Kantorei, McKay ("Crossing to Jordan") from "American Thanksgiving"
Josh Groban, "Thankful"
Heather Prusse, "For the Beauty of the Earth"
Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss, "Simple Gifts"
Tennessee Ernie Ford & San Quentin Prison Choir, "We Gather Together"
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come"
Arve Moen Bergset, "Mitt hjerte alltid vanker" (Danish)
Mari Boine, "Mu vaibmu vadjul doppe (Mitt hjerte alltid vanker)" (Sami)
Sufjan Stevens, "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing"
Webb Sisters (Leonard Cohen), "If It Be Your Will"
Fernando Ortega, "Come, O Redeemer, Come"
Enya, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
The Piano Guys, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (instrumental)
Reality SF, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
Todd Hall, "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
David Archuleta, "Riu Riu Chiu"
Saxofonquadrat, "Riu Riu Chiu" (instrumental)
Pentatonix, "Mary Did You Know?"
Barbara Dickson, "Down in Yon Forest"
John Fleagle, "The Hern"
Jeff Buckley, "Corpus Christi Carol"
American Boy Choir, "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" (Elizabeth Poston arrangement)
Cleveland Quire, "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" (Jeremiah Ingalls arrangement)
Barbra Streisand, "I Wonder as I Wander"
Libera, "Coventry Carol"
Heather Dale, "The Huron Carol" (in Iroquois)
Tom Jackson, "The Huron Carole"
Maddy Prior, "On Christmas Night (The Sussex Carol)"
Peter Hollens, David Archuleta, the Piano Guys, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "Angels from the Realms of Glory"
Good Shepherd Band, "Gabriel's Message"
Sting, "Gabriel's Message"
Aquabella, "Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen" (Basque)
Sissel, "What Child is This?"
Fairuz, "Talj talj" (Arabic)
Julie Andrews, "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing"
Celtic Sojourn, "Angels We Have Heard on High"
Lady Antebellum, "The First Noel"
Danny Kaye & the Andrews Sisters, "Over the River and Through the Woods"
Libera, "Carol of the Bells"
George Winston, "Carol of the Bells" (instrumental)
Straight No Chaser, "Carol of the Bells"
Rhythm of Christmas, "Ding Dong Merrily on High"
Blackmore's Night, "Ding Dong Merrily on High"
Tre Sorelle, "Noel Nouvelet"
Madchenkantorei am Dom zu Limburg, "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day"
Nat King Cole, "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
Burl Ives, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
Alison Krauss & Yo-Yo Ma, "The Wexford Carol"
Serpentyne, "Personent Hodie"
Straight No Chaser, "The 12 Days of Christmas"
Crofts Family, "Sparrow in the Birch"
The Von Trapp Children, "The Carol of the Birds (Upon This Holy Night)"
Tim Ericksen, "Carol of the Birds (Star in the East)"
Jeff Black, "Carol of the Birds (Curoo Curoo)"
Michelle Lindahl, "Carol of the Birds (Whence Comes This Rush of Wings)"
Fernando Ortega, "Carol of the Birds" (instrumental)
David Archuleta, "Pat-a-Pan"
Pentatonix, "Little Drummer Boy"
Sarah MacLachlan, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
Kiera Jo, "Ring Out, Wild Bells"
Crofts Family, "Ring Out, Wild Bells"
Blackmore's Night, "I Saw Three Ships"
Marianne Faithfull & the Chieftains, "I Saw Three Ships A-Sailing"
Craig Duncan, "Masters in the Hall / The Golden Carol of the Wise Men / I Saw Three Ships / As I Sat on a Sunny Bank" (instrumental)
Life Treasury of Christmas Music, "The Golden Carol of the Three Wise Men"
Annie Lennox, "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"
Jennifer Avalon, "We Three Kings of Orient Are"
Ella Fitzgerald, "We Three Kings of Orient Are / O Little Town of Bethlehem"
Harry Belafonte, "Mary's Boy Child"
Boney M., "Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord"
Barenaked Ladies & Sarah MacLachlan, "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen / We Three Kings"
The Rose Ensemble, "Star in the East (Hail, the Blest Morn)"
Kathy Mattea, "Brightest and Best"
Norumbega Harmony, "Star in the East (Hail, the Blest Morn)"
An Appalachian Christmas, "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem"
Simon & Garfunkel, "Star Carol"
So until next year then?