So let's talk music today. I'm always on the lookout for new Christmas albums to add to my already extensive library of classics. This year I've added songs (because I rarely like the whole album) from Naturally 7, Straight No Chaser and the Puppini Sisters.
Until last night, I'd never even heard of Naturally 7. But my amazing hubby swept me off to Madison Square Garden for a birthday surprise. Our tickets were for Michael Buble (who didn't sing a single Christmas tune :( ). He was phenomenal, but I have to admit, I've never been as in awe of a performance as I was of Naturally 7, Buble's opening act. Seven guys from the NY area who not only sing acappella, but they do something called "vocal play." This is where you literally mimic instruments. I think the drummer might be the most impressive, but I also couldn't pick my jaw up from the floor as I watched one guy impersonate a cello, another an electric guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, trombone...seriously, these guys will blow your mind! And they have a really great Christmas album with their R&B takes on classics - Pachelbel's Canon is especially impressive!
As I looked up Naturally 7 on iTunes, Straight No Chaser was suggested as something I might like as well. It's another acappella group and they are phenomenal. They apparently formed more than 12 years ago as students at Indiana, and now they are taking the accappella world by storm. Definitely a great Christmas album to check out. My personal favorites are Christmas Wish and Auld Lang Syne. I also bought Africa, even though it's not Christmas, but who doesn't love a little accappella Toto??
The Puppini Sisters I discovered a few weeks ago. These three girls are the Andrews Sisters reincarnated, and honestly, they give them a run for their money. If I heard them playing in a store, I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. They've even affected the recordings to make them sound old! I recommend Mele Kalikilama, Here Comes Santa Clause and Step Into Christmas.
So those are my top picks for Christmas music this year. Who do you love to listen to at the holidays? Do you have any new favorites this year?