Ho! Ho! Ho! And Some Jolly Old Soul
The framework for music this time of year is constructed around mid-20th century fare written by composers who penned tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and so forth. Your Irving Berlin, your Mel Tormé, your J. Fred Coots. (And, man, they don’t make names like they used to, do they?) That’s the kind of Christmas music, that prevalent sound you can find on our seasonal compilations, like this year’s Sleigh Ride Side by Side.
But, of course, the holiday songbook has many chapters, ranging from secular to non-secular, ancient hymns to batty novelties. You like bagpipes? Help yourself. Want something a bit sunnier? Transport yourself to Hawaii.
To add variety to our seasonal offerings, we’ve produced Jolly Old Soul (available December 7), a house-rockin’ collection of vintage soul and doo-wop favorites. You get an assortment of greats in their prime (Otis Redding, the Drifters, Solomon Burke) performing Yuletide standards and a few less familiar items from the Christmas canon. “Merry Twistmas,” anyone?