Montag, Dezember 01, 2008

Some Christmas CDs and a book for you

My favorite new Christmas CD this year is this one:

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It has some of my favorite Christmas music on it, including John Rutter's What Sweeter Music and Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, as well as some witty arrangements that are just for fun. Nothing says Christmas quite so well as a brass ensemble.

If you need another recommendation for this CD, Howard took it home with him. Maybe you have to know Howard for that to mean anything.

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from the UPB website click "Member Bios" and then click "Howard Summers"

I paid for this guy's music lessons, so I value his opinion.

Here's what else I really enjoyed listening to today while getting ready to decorate our tree (and making our belated Thanksgiving dinner):

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Kim Robertson is one of the best Celtic harpists I have heard, and the arrangements on this CD are interesting and beautiful. Plus it's a good recording. Sometimes you hear harp on a CD and it sounds like piano, or someone whacking the side of the fridge. This actually sounds like a harp. Nothing says Christmas quite so well as a harp.

What, you think I'm contradicting myself? Hrrrrrmph.

Book Review:

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It's a non-Harry Potter view on the training of the young magician. Told in alternating first-person Djinn and 3rd person wizardling, it's well-written and quick-moving. I'm listening to the Audible download and enjoying the reader. This is the first of a trilogy.

No pictures of today's knitting; I will try to photo it tomorrow. Or maybe I will finish decorating the tree.

Note to Tan: Do not get out the blown glass ornaments until AFTER the kids have gone to bed. Kudos to Laurel, who saved said glass ornaments from possible (certain?) disaster while I went to get the safe ones out of the closet.

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