For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996)
I can’t believe we’ve made it through this many Christmases without sharing Trans-Siberian Orchestra. At first I had a hard time deciding which album to share, but thought better of it and decided to share the one with the song most people know them for (although I highly recommend pretty much all their other stuff).
This is a Christmas rock opera, although it’s somewhat harder to follow than, say, Beethoven’s Last Night. But it’s their first album (in this configuration – this is technically a side project from a band I’ve never listened to), and really the point is to give us an excuse to listen to some prog rock arrangements of some familiar Christmas classics. There are some originals thrown in as well, and they’re pretty good, too.
There are also some bonus tracks. Although my edition of the album doesn’t have them, I’m going to look them up now.
I’m pretty sure I was the only one in our group working the week between Christmas and New Year’s, but just in case, I shared a single to help everyone get in the mood:
Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s 2011 cover of What are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
This is an old Jazz standard, probably most famously done by Ella Fitzgerald, but tons of others have done it, including bands we’ve already shared (although I don’t remember this song being shared before): The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Donny Osmond, Bette Midler, Chicago, and The Head and the Heart. It’s sweet, it’s simple and it’s something to throw on a playlist with Auld Lang Syne and The Parting Glass. Enjoy:
If any of my friends have anything to say about this Christmas album or New Year’s single, I’ll post their reviews here. Feel free to leave your own thoughts, or music suggestions, down in the comments section.