‘Tis the Season
It’s December. Christmas is on its way. I couldn’t help myself and got into the spirit! So today I’m going to share with you five rock(ish) songs to infect you, too… with strings, of course!
You’re probably tired of hearing songs such as “Last Christmas” by Wham! or, even worse, “All I want for Christmas is you” by Mariah Carey. I know I am. (Note: the links are for the songs, in case you live under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about. My advice is that you remain ignorant… click at your own risk)
I would gladly go into the shops if I heard more stuff like the ones on the list below. Hopefully you’ll agree with my selection.
Are you ready to start dreaming of snow and Santa? Here we go!
Ian Anderson – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Ian Anderson, famous for his role as the leader of Jethro Tull, is an outstanding musician. Not only he introduced the flute into blues and rock, but he also plays a vast amount of instruments (like the mandolin), sings and composes. If he chooses to do a Christmas album, and well as concerts, you can expect magnificent results.
What better way to start the list than with this beautiful version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen? The performance is amazing (sorry about the crappy video, though). Ian Anderson accompanied by band, orchestra and a solo violin… what more can you ask for?
Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos)
Here’s one for our cellist friends! To anyone who thinks Christmas songs are cheesy: think again. This killer instrumental song is going to blow you away. What a cool, rocking arrangement! Don’t wait until Christmas to give it a listen, enjoy this brilliant song right away! (Unless you’re reading this on December 25th; in that case: happy holidays!)
Christmas Lights (Coldplay) violin cover
I know, most people hate Coldplay. Personally, I think it’s better to get into festive mood and not be grumpy about that sort of thing. Enjoy this wonderful violin version of their Christmas song. Don’t you think this is a lovely rendition?
there’s more on page 2! –>