Guitar music isn’t just for flamenco, or for rock n’ roll. It’s totally in the spirit of the winter holidays and Christmas season. That’s why this guitar-centric Windham Hill holiday album is at the top of my “12 Days of Amazon Christmas” playlist for 2020.
Why? The guitar, baby. It’s all about the guitar. These players are well known in the world of jazz, New Age, and adult contemporary music. Alex de Grassi. Will Ackerman. Tock Andress. Manuel Barruecco. And more. The songs are classic, but with lovely twists. Sure, you’ll recognize ones like “Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” but others, like “The Holly and Ivy,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “Christmas Time is Here” sound distinct without the trademark lyrics. This is music of the highest order, but an album you can play as sonic background for meals, on weekends, on when you’re deeply engaged in meaningful conversations.
At least once, make the effort to listen to the album from start to finish without doing anything else, like sipping mulled wine or a rum hot toddy. Just key in to the music. These musicians are so worth it!