Christmas, MUSIC

My Favorite Christmas Songs 2015 #20

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 1996+

Not to be confused with that other instrumental group associated with the holidays, Trans-Siberian Orchestra was conceived by Paul O’Neill.  In his own words: “The whole idea was to create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries (of the genre) further than any group before… Way, way further.”

For comparison’s sake, here is the “Carol of the Bells” inspired Christmas Eve/Sarajevo. I posted Mannheim Steamroller’s version on Day 13.

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Christmas, MUSIC

My Favorite Christmas Songs 2015 #19

“Carol of the Bells,” Mykola Leontovych (composer), 1987 (Claymation Christmas Special version)

A wonderful song with or without lyrics, easily recognizable by its four repeated notes.  One of the featured songs from “A Claymation Christmas Celebration,” this short subject never fails to make me laugh.

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