Countdown to Christmas: What’s On Your Playlist?

Hello Friends. Happy Holidays welcome or welcome back to the blog.

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights” Maya Angelou 

Merry Christmas friends.  I hope this post finds you well, not stressed, and enjoying your time with family and friends. We are just a few things out, and it’s been a really chilled couple of days wrapping things up because not only is Christmas just about here, but the year is ending.

I’m all about holiday music this season, and we’ve added a few vinyls to our collection this year.  I love the classics, but there are a few others that I listen to as well.  I don’t know if new artists are making Holiday albums anymore because I’m so out of the loop on those things.  However, I don’t miss a holiday without listening to some J Five, Sharon Jones, or Ella.  With that, it’s time to list those faves.

My Favorite Holiday Albums and Playlist

I Dream of Christmas, Nora Jones

Norah Jones has been a warm voice of comfort and reassurance for nearly 20 years since her cozy 2002 debut, Come Away With Me. Now, the 9x GRAMMY-winning artist has made her first holiday album with I Dream Of Christmas, a collection of timeless seasonal favorites (“White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Christmas Time Is Here”) and profound new originals that explore the complicated emotions of the past year and our hopes that this holiday season will be full of joy and togetherness.


A Legendary Christmas, John Legend

A Legendary Christmas is the sixth studio album and first Christmas album by American singer John Legend. It was released on October 26, 2018. Featuring artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Stevie Wonder. It received a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards. Amazon Exclusive version on translucent red vinyl.


It’s a Holiday Soul Party, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are back to help fans get into the holiday spirit with the critically acclaimed, It’s A Holiday Soul Party. Finally back in print and in its third and final incarnation, this modern classic is now sporting a new, shiny red ” old style” jacket and candy cane striped vinyl. Kicking off with “8 Days of Hanukkah” – the band’s ode to the festival of light – and rounding out the 11-song set with a festive mix of jubilant originals and reimagined standards, this is the only record you need for your upcoming holiday soirees. Be the envy of the neighborhood by giving the gift of SOUL! This holiday season.


Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas, Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – Re-issue of the 1960 ‘Verve’ album – Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is a 1960 album by the American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, recorded in the summer of 1960, with a studio orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol. It is Fitzgerald’s only Verve complete album of Christmas tunes. Verve had issued a 7″ 45rpm single in 1959, featuring “The Christmas Song” with “The Secret of Christmas” on the b-side. Both were recorded with Russ Garcia and His Orchestra in September 1959.


The Christmas Album, Lelie Odom, Jr.

Grammy/Tony winner and Emmy nominee Leslie Odom Jr. Followed his hit 2016 holiday album Simply Christmas with his second festive affair, 2020’s The Christmas Album, featuring a collection of classics (“Last Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy”) plus two originals (“Snow,” “Heaven & Earth”). “Man, lemme tell you… we sang our hearts on this album,” Leslie said. “We needed to. I believe you’ll hear it and feel it when you listen.” Includes guest appearances by the Mzansi Youth Choir, Cynthia Erivo, Nicolette Robinson, and Michea Walls.


Have Yourself A Swinging Little Christmas, Various Artist

Featuring breathtaking Christmas classics of the Mills Brothers and Johnny Mercer, rare songs from Louis Armstrong’s 1953 novelty Decca single, and the original version of Kay Starr’s title Waiting For The Man With The Bag, made famous by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. A compilation not only for swing friends but all lovers of Classic holiday music. Hey…every cake bakes itself easier at Christmas with this music.


A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi Tro

A Charlie Brown Christmas is the eighth studio album by the American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. Coinciding with the television debut of the Christmas special of the same name, the album was released in the first week of December 1965.

Tidal Playlists

Christmas Crooners
Blue Christmas
Snowed In With Classic & Jazzhop


Well friends …that’s a wrap for me this evening. LifebyWyetha (me) wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas.  — Wye