Music Monday: Festive jukebox III

It’s the last Monday before Christmas! and next week I will be reviewing not only the month of December but also the entire past year. It’s going to be interesting.

The pieces I’ve chosen for this jukebox instalment have been regulars for several years. It’s incredibly hard to pick just one Trans-Siberian Orchestra song, as their works need to be enjoyed in their entirety for the full effect… but ‘An Angel Came Down’ was where it all began, 18 years ago, and ‘Anno Domine’ is, for all intents and purposes, a rock carol just right for belting out after a few drinks.

Hayley Westenra contributes the only version of ‘Carol of the Bells’ with words that I really like (apart from an anonymous choir that can be heard on a certain seasonal advert and makes me shiver but can’t be traced). ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ is another favourite, and Katherine Jenkins’ slower take makes it both intimate and stately, a mini-candlelit service for the listener alone. ‘Christmas at Sea’ brings tears to my eyes just by reading the poem; Sting and Mary McMaster keep it spare and grim, to haunting effect.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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