What does a nice Jewish girl know about Christmas music? After decades as a choral singer, church soloist, and radio host (in fact, the radio host usually on duty on Christmas day), the answer is, "Plenty!" So I’ve spent the past couple of months helping to weed through the good, the bad, and the ugly (everybody and his dog has cut a Christmas album), to come up with great selections for WQXR.
Do you have a favorite Christmas carol, or piece of classical music that means Christmas to you? Are there ones you never need to hear again? Please let us know.
And here are my answers to those questions: A colleague at a previous station did in The Little Drummer Boy for me by playing it over and over and pa rum pum pum over. My favorite carol (for sentimental reasons) is Once in Royal David’s City; I also love Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. And even though I confess to a terrible soft spot in my heart – or maybe in my head – for The Chipmunk Song (I still want a hula hoop!), don’t hold your breath waiting to hear it on WQXR.
P.S. A few years back, I did a piece for NPR about a guy in Cincinnati with an enormous collection of old Christmas lights. I decided that it would be more fun if I took myself out of it completely, and just let Bob and old Christmas songs tell the story.