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Merry music, softly

Had enough of the jingle-jangle of Christmas?

Me too. I cozy to a quiet Christmas, with books, blankets, and calm.
For sanity and serenity, I'm listening to tranquil tunes: 

Aimee Mann: One More Drifter in the Snow

Ever since she penned and performed the soundtrack to my favorite movie, Magnolia, Aimee Mann has reigned as my very own queen of substance & cool. With this collection, she turns classic tunes into a hushed and intimate holiday with a dreamy vibe.


Chris Botti: December

Okay, okay, the title says seasonal, but here's my confession: I play these tunes all year through. Botti's low-key trumpet is warm and soothing, and keeps me snuggled and serene.


Sarah MacLachlan: Wintersong

Gauzy and ethereal, Sarah McLachlan delivers. This collection is signature Sarah: pretty, pensive and beautifully moody.


Tracy Chapman: O Holy Night

While she doesn't have her own collection of holiday tunes, Tracy Chapman's O Holy Night is the standout of A Very Special Christmas 3 compilation.


As usual at this time of year, I'm in a mix of harried, moody and melancholy, and almost any version of Silent Night leaves me in near-tears. But, really, isn't that the spirit of the season — to be touched, to be moved?

Your turn: What's playing, and are you moved? 


These music selections are available on iTunes and Amazon.

Reader Comments (7)

Aimee is great. I was lucky enough to see her perform at a small club in Phoenix in the 90s. Excellent songwriter.

December 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStace Johnson

Hey Stace,
Nice to see you here. I bet that was a great show.

December 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

It was! The keyboardist from XTC was part of her band, too.

December 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStace Johnson

nice selection of music ....

is your book available in e - book format ?


December 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJimi Bodansko

Hi Jimi,
Thanks for reading & responding. And thanks for your interest in my book of poems. Thin Skin is not available as an ebook, but I'm happy to send you the old-fashioned, hardcopy, printed-on-paper version. :)

December 27, 2015 | Registered CommenterDrew

I think I would have to say that Joni Mitchells 1971 "Blue" is the album that most reminds me of Christmas. Also "December" by George Winston from 1982. Outside the usual Christmas albums, these 2 put me right back in the moment.

December 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Düngfelder

Hi Jeff,
I'm embarrassed to admit that I've not yet listened to "Blue." (I know, I know).

And yes, George Winston. Wow, that's a nice blast from my past. Thanks for the reminder.

December 30, 2015 | Registered CommenterDrew

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