Category: 2011

Happy Jazzmas!

All the very best for the season, wherever you are. – Miss M. (There are 20 tracks, which will play automatically once you start the first video. If you’re piping this through the house, you may wish to keep the…

Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas

Backbeat, word on the street – Canadian crooner Michael Bublé goes a bit sleazy backroom jazz club with Elvis’ Blue Christmas. On the right, the cheese factor is 11+. And, to be honest, it would be wrong not to. Mr…

Hey Elizabeth

Mary: Your baby just moved. Weird! Elizabeth: I know, right? Thankfully posterity has phrased Mary’s joy a little more elegantly. My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded…

Christmas Carols: Regional Edition

A little bit of Canada (Huron Carol) and Australia (The Three Drovers) If you’ve got a favourite from your neck of the woods, do share it in the comments. Non-English carols welcome.

A Very Bob Kingston Christmas

Librarian, #operaplotter, Tweeter and Portland Opera lecturer Bob Kingston has compiled a massive 42-track Christmas smorgasbord on Soundcloud. Make yourself a martini, fire up the snow globe and enjoy your afternoon in the Christmas lounge. ‘Tis the Season 2011 by…

Lo! How A Rose E’er Blooming

It’s Gaudete Sunday, which is to say the third Sunday in Advent or 14 shopping days left. Miss Mussel’s first port of call for all things Christmas music is the cassock and surplice brigade. This year, for some reason, they…

Duke Meets Piotr

Reader Matthew first alerted Miss Mussel to this bit of lovely two Christmases ago and it’s been in heavy rotation since. This reimagined Nutcracker Suite was recorded by Ellington and his band in 1960.

I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

Il neige! On her first morning back in Canadia, Miss Mussel awoke to find that it had snowed. It was just a light dusting that didn’t last in the afternoon sun. Nevertheless, the first snow is always a bit of…

Jauchzet Frohlocket, Internets!

It’s that time again. The tree is up, snow has fallen and sweet-baking is being planned. Let’s get this holiday party started. Take it away, René. For another René connection – here’s a version with the Dresden Kreuzchor, the choir…