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soundtracks of christmas

Added on by Jordan Martone.

everyone has their go-to christmas music. the typical crooner-renditions of classic christmas carols, or pop stars singing about kissing up to santa. i thought i'd share my personal favorites. it's just not christmas to me unless i'm driving around LA in awful holiday traffic, blaring these albums:

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classic vince. there's nothing like a jazz trio on christmas, right? i love every single song on this album. even the screeching children on "hark! the herald angels sing". the childhood nostalgia just comes flooding in and i can't help myself.

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this album was gifted to me one christmas long ago and it came with an adorable violin ornament that i still have. yoyo's several arrangements of dona nobis pacem are genius. and you can't beat chris thile...

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he's more than the modern day frank sinatra, he's a household name and he's quickly becoming the voice of christmas with his several holiday specials. this is joe's go-to christmas album nowadays. as a loyal frank fan, he is a big support of the buble. 

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on a more religious note, michael w smith's "it's a wonderful christmas" album is a hidden gem. his orchestral numbers are seriously magical. the first few songs remind me of hogwarts at christmastime. think mystery, grandeur, and magic. 

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a newby! if you haven't heard the brand new pantatonix album, you are missing out. their harmonies are tight and the arrangements and refreshing. especially the dance of the sugar plum faries... wowza. 

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the best for last: the polar express by alan silvestri. as a loyal movie score fanatic, polar express is not only an amazing soundtrack but also a christmas classic. joe and i blasted this on our gloriously rainy road trip home from thanksgiving this year, as a sort of ushering in of the christmas season.

i can't think of a better way to welcome christmas than by playing one of these albums whenever possible. it helps me drown out the crazy LA drivers and tolerate heavy traffic. i hope it helps you too!