My Advent Calendar of Music – Day #15: An Instrumental Christmas

Not all Christmas music has words; there are many lovely instrumental arrangements of old and new classics out there.  While I’m not particularly fond of the style, one of the more popular “new” ones is Transsiberian Orchestra’s “Wizards of Winter” – in this video, it accompanies a really cool light show:
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Many people also like Mannheim Steamroller; they aren’t my cup of tea, but lots of people seem to like their version of “Deck the Halls”:
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This is actually more to my liking – an orchestral arrangement of “Carol of the Bells”, conducted by Leonard Bernstein:
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Here is the “Wassail Song (Here We Come A-Wassailing)” by the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble:
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Musicians in the audience will get a real kick out of this one – “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” juxtaposed against “Pachelbel’s Canon” (it’s scary how well they work together!):
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I ran across this one, and HAD to include it – those of us over a “certain age” may remember records by this group that our parents listened to when we were growing up (anyone else remember the girl covered in “Whipped Cream” on that album cover?).

You don’t hear stuff like this on the air much any more, which is a real shame. Anyway, here’s Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass doing “My Favorite Things” (I love the “James Bond Theme” undertones throughout this song):
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I’m going to leave you guys with the TJB’s version of “Jingle Bell Rock” – I am NOT responsible for any articles of clothing that may end up flying around the room at the end of this one (you’ll understand what I mean once you listen to it):
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Have a great one!
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About Teresa in Fort Worth, TX

A short, fat, middle-aged, happily-married, mother of 4 daughters. A former high school valedictorian (way back in the Stone Age), a Civil Engineering major in college, a middle-of-the-road Conservative, and a moderate Methodist. I know just enough to get myself in trouble....
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