Maybe it is because I have a birthday on December 29th but I’ll hold my hands up high and say ‘I love Christmas music’. I honestly enjoy singing the songs and like a child really don’t see why I have to wait until December to start singing my favourites! I was therefore, very excited when I was sent an advance copy of Music For Baby’s latest CD Baby Sing Christmas and I’m delighted to be able to say it was even better than I hoped it would be.
For those of you who are not familiar with Music For Baby, it is a business created by professional musicians who want to create the ‘perfect musical soundtrack to their baby’s life’. The range offered by the record label is growing rapidly and currently includes perfect, simple Acoustic Lullabies, Jazz Nursery Rhymes, Sing-along Songs and even Prenatal Music.
Musically, this CD is beautifully, possibly deceptively simple. The vast majority of tracks feature just one female vocalist and an acoustic guitar and it is this simplicity and intelligence which makes it stand out. Too often, it would seem the mere mention of the word ‘Christmas’ encourages excess of all types. Music For Baby have wisely let the beauty of these songs shine through, a decision that this veteran of 11 years of christmas music making with toddlers frantically shaking bells to ‘Jingle Bells’ much appreciates.
However, please do not think this is a CD that only adults will love. It appeals on so many different levels. I have watched my youngest child relax and hum quietly along while listening to ‘Silent Night’ and I’ve listened to all three children loudly singing ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ together while eating supper. The subtly of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You‘ made me realise what a gorgeous song it actually is and I loved singing along with ‘Let It Snow’ and ‘Silent Night’. I got goosebumps (and a tear in my eye) listening to ‘Away In A Manger’ while my children thoroughly enjoyed ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer‘ and ‘Winter Wonderland’.
Last year, as a family we choose the Glee Christmas Album as the soundtrack to our Christmas. This year, it has already been suggested by my eldest son that we have this ‘more subtle’ CD and I couldn’t agree more.
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Baby Sing Christmas. All words and opinions are my own.