Favorite Christmas CDs – Number 2

I am sharing sound clips from my five favorite Christmas CDs this week. Today is number two.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS CD #2:

Bruce Cockburn; Christmas

Christmas: Bruce Cockburn Song list: 1. Adeste Fidelis; 2. Early on One Christmas Morn; 3. O Little Town of Bethlehem; 4. Riu, Riu, Chiu; 5. I Saw Three Ships; 6. Down in Yon Forest; 7. Anges Dans Nos Campagnes; 8. Go Tell It on the Mountain; 9. Shepheards; 10. Silent Night; 11. Jesus Ahatonnia; 12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 13. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; 14. Mary Had a Baby; 15. Joy to the World
 

Canadian Bruce Cockburn is my favorite singer / songwriter / guitarist, and I love what he has done with this Christmas CD. He takes familiar Christmas carols and sings them as simple songs. He digs deep into the past to find lesser known Christmas carols to share. He seeks to be faithful to the cultural roots of the songs. He mixes rollickin’ celebratory tunes with more reflective ones. He adds an original carol of his own. He communicates the true meaning of Christmas by focusing on Christ. And he does it all with his bright acoustic guitar fingerpicking lighting up the various musical offerings. This is a truly great Christmas CD! Here are some sound clips for you to enjoy:

Early on One Christmas Morn
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I Saw Three Ships
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Mary Had a Baby
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Wow! It doesn’t get much better than that. But be sure to come back tomorrow for my number one pick!

Other posts in the series:
    Number 5: Shawn Colvin; Holiday Songs and Lullabies
    Number 4: Harvey Reid; The Heart of the Minstrel on Christmas Day
    Number 3: Amy Grant; Home for Christmas
    Number 2: Bruce Cockburn; Christmas
    Number 1: Kathy Mattea; Good News

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