As Christmas day quickly approaches, one topic is almost impossible to avoid, Christmas music! Many people soon get bored of just another jazzy rendition of Frosty the Snowman plays on the radio. I personally, love all the old Christmas classics, from Bing Crosby to medieval style chamber choirs, but that’s not for everybody. Some people may wish for a more electronic and modern take on Christmas music. Mannheim Steamroller can do just that. Mannheim Steamroller was first founded by Chip Davis and Jackson Berkey in the mid 1970s. They’re now known mainly for their modern take on Christmas music. The name “Mannheim Steamroller” comes from an 18th-century German musical technique, Mannheim roller, which is comprised of a crescendo passage having an ascending melodic line over an ostinato bass line. In 1984 Steamroller discovered the source of their greatest fame… Christmas music.
The first holiday album released was Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, which showcases classic Yuletide favorites in contemporary style. They rely on synthesized and electric instruments with minimal vocals. It has become one of my favorite Christmas traditions to decorate the tree with their music blasting! It is really a way to combine age old tunes with a newer vibe. My favorite Christmas albums include:
This album includes all the Old English Christmas carols with a new updated sound. Tracks include: Deck the Halls, We Three Kings, Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella, Coventry Carol, Good King Wenceslas, Wassail, Carol of Birds, I Saw Three Ships, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Stille Nacht (Silent Night).
This album expands upon the last with more traditional Christmas carols, along with some other festive songs. Songs include: Hallelujah, White Christmas, Away in a Manger Faeries, Do You Hear What I Hear?, The First Noel, Silver Bells, Fum Fum Fum, Some Children See Him, Winter Wonderland, O Tannenbaum, and Auld Lang Syne.
So give them a listen and see what you think. If you’re tired of the same old, same old, then they might just be what you need to get into the Holiday spirit! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
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