It might seem to be a little early to start searching for Christmas music right? Not necessarily..now is actually one of the best times simply because it’s probably the last thing on the minds of most people. That makes Christmas music very easy to find in July. I paid a visit to my local library in the spring and was able to check out and sample every Christmas CD I wasn’t able to find during the 2008 holiday season. Below are just a few July recommendations to think about adding to your Christmas music collection in 2009.
The musical legacy left by Michael Jackson includes this wonderful Christmas collection with the Jackson 5 by 20th Century Masters. Santa Claus is Coming to Town is a staple on my iPod, but this CD has so many not to be missed songs lead by young Michael that it could become a Christmas favorite in just about any home. I highly recommend Up On The Housetop and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, but each and every song on this 5 star favorite is perfect for the entire holiday season.
While watching a Christmas movie this year, a song was featured by Stevie Wonder that I’d never heard called Twinkle Twinkle Little Me and I immediately knew I had to have it. It’s simply beautiful. Among the 14 songs on this CD, Someday At Christmas gets regular holiday airplay, but there are so many great songs in this compilation that it has become one of my absolute favorites of all time. If you enjoy Stevie’s music, I think you’ll agree.
A Christmas Carol is a 2009 film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ 1843 story of the same name. The film is written and directed by Robert Zemekis, and stars Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, including Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged,old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge.
The film will be produced in 3D through the process similar to The Polar Express called performance capture. A Christmas Carol will be released on November 6, 2009.
The new version of A Christmas Carol is surely destined to become an instant classic.
If you’d like to see a great classic version of this film, check out Christmas Carol (1951) starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. I particularly like Kathleen Harrison’s portrayal of Mrs. Dilber, Scrooge’s charlady (housekeeper). This classic is available in black white and a colorized version.
Happy Sounds and Reels!