Saturday, December 18, 2010
Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia
If you have not bought Annie Lennox's new Christmas CD entitled "A Christmas Cornucopia," you are truly missing out on some of the best Christmas music. Ever. I bought it on a whim at Starbucks, and I am so happy I did. This CD would make a fantastic last minute Christmas gift for those "hard to buy for" folks in your life.
I have always been a Eurythmics fan, and I should not be so surprised by Annie Lennox's level of talent. But this time I am truly in awe. She arranged the songs as well as played several instruments on most of them: instruments like the dulcimer, panpipes, and santur, to name only a few. My favorite tracks are "Angels from the Realms of Glory" and "The Holly and the Ivy." "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" has a distinct madrigal dinner vibe (which I like), and "Lullay Lullay" is unlike anything I have ever heard before. Her "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is almost unrecognizable in melody, but I really like it anyway.
Annie states in her liner notes that she does not "personally subscribe to any specific religion," but it does not stop her from singing with such a forceful and passionate grace on every single song. I am a Christian, and her music moved me to tears. So go buy this CD. Now. No Christmas music has ever touched me quite like this since Bing Crosby and David Bowie's beautiful duet of "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Peace on Earth" back in 1977 when I was twelve years old.
Thanks so much, Annie. I love your version of Christmas classics and your new song, "Universal Child," too. I am feeling the Christmas spirit!
Until next time...