Links in the Dr. Christmas Spirit
A great, fun video for Michael Brandmeier's "Your Christmas Scene", made from 2452 STILLS!
Diane Loomer's great Vancouver, CA men's choir Fed Ex'ed their latest Christmas CD, Yuletide Fires 2, just so I'd have it in time to play this year, so here's a nice video of these lions singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The most choral fun this Christmas comes from Chicago A Cappella. In this video (SPOILER ALERT!) they first sing the words of the Hallelujah Chorus to the melody of Jingle Bells, and then--even more hilariously--single the Jingle Bell lyrics to the music of the Hallelujah Chorus.
Here are three great videos about Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir and their performance of his "Lux Aurumque", which has become the most popular new Christmas choral work of our time. The Virtual Choir members auditioned by Internet, and they come from 12 different countries. They have never met each other and probably never will--each sang his or her part alone, following a video of Eric conducting the song. Here's the video of them singing:
Here's a new video of the performance with "golden" visuals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ty3HVeAkdc
And here's Eric talking about this "group" which isn't but is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyLX2cke-Lw
Watch a great flash mob Hallelujah Chorus from Chorus Niagara http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE
Links from 2010
Here's how to have an Happy Christmas! http://www.coolestone.com/media/1575/Feliz-Navidad---As-Never-Heard-Before/
Christmas reviews is the biggest Christmas recording review site that I know. Maintained by my friends Richard Banks and Carol Swanson; it is one of the ways that I find out about obscure CDs. (This site is no longer active, but you can still access reviews from earlier years there.)
Watch Dr. Christmas' HiDef video of the 2009 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in the Mauston area:
Possibly the cutest Christmas e-card ever involving a dog (who sure looks like Eddie):
While you're at YouTube, here's a great version of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" by the Bowen Beer Bottle Band: www.youtube.com/watch