Goodnight everyone, and have a terrific Christmas kickoff weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

It’s tradition on this blog feature that at Thanksgiving we highlight new Christmas releases. And we have some beauties again this year.

Let’s get started.

I love the original of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” That booming, deep in a canyon voice of Thurl Ravenscroft. The witty, humorous lyrics.

But like so many Christmas songs for me…gotta be in the mood.

Our first selection is a terrific rendition, like you’ve never heard before. From bassist extraordinaire Brian Bromberg and his first Christmas album. Here Bromberg plays the acoustic bass and the drums.

I’ve heard the entire album and highly recommend.

Pentatonix is the best and most popular a capella group performing today.

Their new album “Evergreen” opens with a short track of a song done originally back in 1945 by trumpeter and big band leader Harry James and Kitty Kallen to mark the end of WWII (and one of my mother’s personal favorites).


Pentatonix has won three Grammy Awards and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Their Christmas tour will arrive on December 15 at Rosemont, IL in the Allstate Arena, the closest stop near us.

Actress, singer, and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth is so sweet. But she has an issue with…Santa?

One Broadway writer called this new song “annoyingly cheesy.” I didn’t think so. Bah humbug!

Do you who the Pistol Annies are?

They’re a country trio of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe.

This tune is also brand new. The title track encompasses the hectic holiday energy.

Pistol Annies Announce Christmas Album: Hear New Song "Snow Globe"

Next, Christian pop duo for KING & COUNTRY has announced the for KING & COUNTRY | A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour. Joel and Luke Smallbone will be bringing their annual Christmas spectacle to arenas over 14 dates, performing their Top 10 album A Drummer Boy Christmas live in concert for the first time.

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

One of the largest independent Christian music companies in the world and a household name for millions of fans, Gaither Music Group is known worldwide for its award-winning and top-selling  recordings.

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