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Eggnog and Pink Martini

Pink Martini - Joy to the World

Holiday music collections are like migratory birds that brighten your environment for awhile before disappearing until the same time next year. It’s called seasonal music for a reason!

Last year, we featured a new contribution from Pink Martini’s Joy to the World. Our own Holly H. played a part in sparking the new album. Noticing that their one-off contributions to our previous holiday albums had a certain sparkle, she suggested they record a full slate of holiday music. The eclectic Portland, Oregon-based ensemble, spearheaded by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes, rose to the challenge.

The international-flavored album ended up topping Billboard’s jazz chart and rose all the way to No. 35 on the pop-album charts. That kind of success, as well as glowing word of mouth, signals that this, too, has the makings of a yearly favorite. Thus it returns to Starbucks for those who missed out the last time around or for those looking to give the gift of music.

And so a collection of music from a quirky little Northwestern band becomes part of the season - like eggnog, department-store Santas and that Yule-log channel at the far end of the TV dial.

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