Whether strolling around stores or on your local seasonal radio station, it’s very likely that you’ll have heard easy listening Christmas music.
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that the true golden age for Christmas records in the United States was the early 1960s.
As someone partly brought up in Hungarian culture and near the pulsating history of its folk music, the hammered dulcimer is close to my musical heart.
Is there any Christmas music that’s just for really rich people? Once, of course, the likes of Händel’s Messiah would be performed for royalty and the upper echelons of
For two genres of music that have shared so much history, going back to the middle ages, the Christmas carol and the French chanson have diverged onto quite different paths in the
When was the last time a major recording artist, at the very top of their career, released an all-original Christmas album? Not a single, or an album of holiday favourites, but an
There’s probably no genre of Christmas music copied as widely, among people with no connection to it, as Hawaiian music.
Or, well, genre is not really the right word.
Are follow-up Christmas albums inevitably cursed to be lesser than their illustrious originals? Can a hit Christmas record never truly be replicated? Sometimes, it seems that way.
The folk movement has always had an interesting influence on Christmas music.
Creating Christmas music will almost universally mean an artist has to go outside their comfort zone.