As a musician I have always lived the holiday season musically several months before everyone else. There are always new songs to learn and new cantatas to rehearse in preparation for the big day. So by the time Advent comes I have had all I can really enjoy of the season's music. I used to be a bit depressed by that fact but I have come to terms with it and just try to enjoy what I can each season.
This year I am starting out very optimistic. My calendar is not too terribly full as of right now so I am hoping to get the chance to enjoy the season at a little more relaxed pace. My current plans include singing in a Christmas musical in mid December and working on a recording project of original songs of the season that I hope to release in 2011.
So to get you all in the mood here is a list of Christmas resources I have been using to prepare this year and a few links to some neat seasonal music deals. Enjoy!
- Worship Together is my new favorite resource for Contemporary Christmas Music and they are sharing 10 new songs for the Christmas season for free download. You can't go wrong with these arrangements. I have found my new Christmas solo for the season with Winter Snow performed by Audrey Assad
NoteKids just posted a video of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas & Pachelbel's Canon arranged together for duet. You can purchase the arrangement for pre-reader and teacher or early-staff reader and teacher. It looks like so much fun to play!
Christmas albums for just $5! Amazon has some great deals on Christmas music with some as low as $5.00 a download. Amazon MP3s can be used on any device including iPods, iPhones, etc. Some of my favorites are Harry Connick Jr. – Harry for the Holidays, Michael W. Smith – It’s a Wonderful Christmas, James Taylor – James Taylor at Christmas, and Faith Hill – Joy To The World Check out this list for more great deals.