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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:04 am 
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I have been listening to some music this week while doing "stuff". One is a CD I made from Celtic instrumental selections on Rhapsody (on line music subscription). The other is Michael W. Smith's "Christmastime" CD from 1998. If you haven't heard it, it has quite a blend of musical sounds (piano, orchestra, choir, and some more contemporary pieces). It ends with a medley of "I Saw Three Ships, and Joy to the World", with a big Celtic feel and sound. To give you a mental picture, it's like a child playing in the snow and romping around, then weaves through to a quiet snowfall on a crisp winter night (for those of us in the winter wonderlands). It has a BIG ending with the Celtic medley...as if to say CHRIST IS HERE! Without a doubt, this is one of my "new" favorite Christmas CD's to listen to.

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Hey, great idea for a topic Karen. (and nice to see you posting :))

I'd like to hear that big Celtic number; I'll have to look around for that one.

One of my favorite Christmas CD's:
The Chieftains, The Bells of Dublin - 1991 (although I could do without some of the guest artists)

I have plenty of other types of Christmas music, some rock-n-roll, even a Nat King Cole Christmas CD, but the one from the Chieftains has remained a favorite through the years.

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Karen wrote:
The other is Michael W. Smith's "Christmastime" CD from 1998. If you haven't heard it, it has quite a blend of musical sounds (piano, orchestra, choir, and some more contemporary pieces). It ends with a medley of "I Saw Three Ships, and Joy to the World", with a big Celtic feel and sound.


Now, THAT is a VERY cool Christmas song!! (Walmart.com has it.) Thanks for telling us about it.

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Manhiem Steamroller's First Christmas cd still ranks as one of my favs


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For you hammered dulcimer fans, this one is highly recommended:

Gladly Playe Wyth Stryngs - Glad Tydings. ;)

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new one... Celtic Women A Christmas Collection..

ironically there was a huge thread recently on the big blue board just lambasting these ladies. Fact is they have incredible voices. Anyway give this one a listen if you can.

Also there is an Anuna christmas album Anuna - Christmas Songs... for those that might not know Anuna was the original Riverdance Choir.


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new one... Celtic Women A Christmas Collection..

ironically there was a huge thread recently on the big blue board just lambasting these ladies. Fact is they have incredible voices. Anyway give this one a listen if you can.

Also there is an Anuna christmas album Anuna - Christmas Songs... for those that might not know Anuna was the original Riverdance Choir.


What is ironic is that the attackers were probably far less talented and nowhere near as pretty! Sour grapes I call it. ;)


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new one... Celtic Women A Christmas Collection..

ironically there was a huge thread recently on the big blue board just lambasting these ladies. Fact is they have incredible voices. Anyway give this one a listen if you can.

Also there is an Anuna christmas album Anuna - Christmas Songs... for those that might not know Anuna was the original Riverdance Choir.


What is ironic is that the attackers were probably far less talented and nowhere near as pretty! Sour grapes I call it. ;)


oh I totally agree. I pretty much just read that board. and post the occasional comment here and there. the general attitude of the whole board gets to me.


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Adrian wrote:
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new one... Celtic Women A Christmas Collection..

ironically there was a huge thread recently on the big blue board just lambasting these ladies. Fact is they have incredible voices. Anyway give this one a listen if you can.

Also there is an Anuna christmas album Anuna - Christmas Songs... for those that might not know Anuna was the original Riverdance Choir.


What is ironic is that the attackers were probably far less talented and nowhere near as pretty! Sour grapes I call it. ;)


Good point. I'd rather hear Dave Swarbrick play, but I'd rather look at Mairead Nesbitt. ;)

Even though CW and Anuna aren't really my musical cuppa, these are Christmas albums, fer cryin' out loud. I have Anuna's, and really like it, and I'm sure the CW album is enjoyable as well.

BTW, I also have Orla's pre-CW solo album, and it practically flows with sweetness.

Another recommendation: Cherish the Ladies - On Christmas Night. 8)

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I have I think all of the CW solo cds. They are good. I don;t mind my celtic music only 'flavored'. I often describe my own music as Shamfluenced hehehe.(Shamrock Influenced). One day I will use that as an album title.

Transsiberian Orchestra's Lost Christmas is pretty good to and can be had at Target for like 10 bucks.


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Okay, normally I wouldn't touch the CW discussion with a ten foot pole. But this morning at church a friend loaned me his video of CW at Slane castle. I popped it in this afternoon to watch. My six-year-old girl said, "Those ladies are ALL pretty!" I smiled and said "Yes, they are." Shortly after that I fell asleep on the couch.

I awoke to the sight of my daughter twirling with her "air-fiddle," dancing and "fiddling" along. When she saw I was awake, she said, "Those ladies each think they're the prettiest."

She liked the music, though.

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Can we not degenerate into the same CW discussion from C&F? I understand that some people don't like them. I also understand that quite a few people do. your mileage may vary.


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I awoke to the sight of my daughter twirling with her "air-fiddle," dancing and "fiddling" along.

Ha! That's when you need a video camera handy. :mrgreen:

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Yet another recommendation from the "Celtic" side:

Moya Brennan - An Irish Christmas. 8)

And another:

John Fahey - A New Possibility: Christmas I and II. 8)

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new one... Celtic Women A Christmas Collection..

My 3yo twins love track 3 on this album (Ding Dong Merrily on High) I have to play it 3 times each time it comes on the car CD Player. I catch them singing the chorus around the house. Very cute!

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[oh I totally agree. I pretty much just read that board. and post the occasional comment here and there. the general attitude of the whole board gets to me.[/quote]

I just got burned on the blue board--even my apology wasn't accepted!

Which makes me all the more grateful for you people--and your gentle natures. It's safe here.

As for the Celtic women and what we read on the blue board--it would be crazy for those women to concentrate on "pure drop" IT music and lose the general audience they go for. All the songs aren't Irish--so what? And the beauty of their voices and the violinist's skill, these are beyond dispute. I can't want to get my hands on the Celtic Women; A New Journey CD.

Thanks, all of you, for being nice, understanding and supportive!

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shadoes wrote:
Can we not degenerate into the same CW discussion from C&F? I understand that some people don't like them. I also understand that quite a few people do. your mileage may vary.


Sorry. Didn't mean to degenerate.

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KittyR wrote:
ConnieS wrote:
I awoke to the sight of my daughter twirling with her "air-fiddle," dancing and "fiddling" along.

Ha! That's when you need a video camera handy. :mrgreen:


:mrgreen: Wish I'd had one handy.

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On reviewing my post I forgot to mention that I really do like the CW music. I only fell asleep because I'd had 5 hours of sleep the night before. No criticism of talent here. Guess it sounded harsher than I meant...maybe because I only had 5 hours of sleep the night before.

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That's okay, Connie, don't worry about it. It is easy to read things into these posts that we didn't really mean to write. We don't have body language or facial expressions to guide us. And even if you hadn't liked the Celtic Women's performance, that would be okay too. We all choose what we like.

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kelly wrote:
We don't have body language or facial expressions to guide us.


But fortunately we do have emoticons. ;)

kelly wrote:
And even if you hadn't liked the Celtic Women's performance, that would be okay too. We all choose what we like.


The trick is liking what you choose. 8)

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My wife likes my whistling--but my cat pouts and leaves the room. .


Around my place it's the exact opposite. :P

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I always find myself drawn to those display cases with the buttons to push to hear demos of the CDs that are being displayed.

Many of you know what I mean.
Many of you wish as I do at times that either your ornery spouse or child was not present at that time as they pressed all the buttons, or compete with you in pressing those buttons. :lol:

Point is, I did find a few Celtic Christmas CDs that way

It is
A Windham Hill Sampler Celtic Christmas
I have four of them I could play these all year long.

I do like the Chieftains as well. Wish they could make another one.

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Ren, you're funny!!
I found, at the local Barnes and Noble, a Celtic Christmas collection compiled FOR Barnes and Noble. It was all really beautiful traditiional music, could be played all year round. If I just could remember the name...!

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