Since last month’s column completed your holiday gift list, let’s fill your audio datebook with holiday-centric songs for the last weeks of the year.
The Sounding Joy, Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends
Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends’ rich CD The Sounding Joy was inspired by Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 American Folk Songs for Christmas. This brilliant collection for all ages focuses on the reason for the season with musical range, production clarity and infectious spirituality. Familiar tunes (“Joy to the World,” “Silent Night”) get new energy from a superbasic approach that returns you to childhood discovery. Unfamiliar songs (“Cradle Hymn,” “Sing-a-Lamb”) will become favorites. These are 24 tracks of beauty that lift the entire holiday music genre.
“Nicki & the Crew,” Treetop Sisters
Trout Fishing in America at World Café Live
The Night Before on WXPN
Kids Corner producer Robert Drake celebrates 20 years of playing Christmas music for the 24 hours of Dec. 24. This midnight-to-midnight radio and streaming extravaganza features a live chat room and in-studio camera accompanying a brilliant collection of familiar and new (to you) sounds that is now a Philadelphia holiday tradition. The reverence of the last hour starts Christmas Day beautifully.
Kathy O’Connell is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM.