Everyone LOVES Christmas music, right? In today’s Casa for the Holidays post, we asked our holiday authors to choose their favorite Christmas song, their heroes’ favorite Christmas songs and their heroines’ favorite Christmas songs… get your playlists ready!
Juliana Stone, author of The Christmas He Loved Her
This is fun! I’m going to start with my favorite songs: Oh Holy Night. Hands down a beautiful, classic song and I’ve loved it since I was a kid.
Something About Christmas Time—Bryan Adams. Love this song—the melody, the words and Bryans raspy voice.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas—as sung by Chrissy Hynde and the Pretenders.
My hero, Jake Edwards: Please Come Home for Christmas—The Eagles.
Merry Christmas Baby—Bruce Springsteen (as you can see Jake’s not a very traditional guy!)
My heroine, Raine Edwards: The Prayer—Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
Here is Christmas—Ann and Nancy Wilson
Terry Spear, author of A SEAL Wolf Christmas
I love “Carol of the Bells,” my absolute favorite. “Hark the Herald Angel’s Sing,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Ave Maria,” “Deck the Halls,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Sleigh Ride,” and tons more. I listen to a lot of Celtic harp Christmas music also.
My hero, Bjornolf, likes anything to do with being home for Christmas with Anna so “Home on Christmas Day” is his favorite. When Bjornolf retired to Anna’s sleeping bag in the jungle after giving his up to one of the family members they’d freed from their hostage ordeal and Anna’s sleeping in the hammock nearby, all he could think of is “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and having Anna in his bed.
Anna’s song would be: “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” She wasn’t into Christmas presents or the whole holiday thing, so for her, that’s all she needed—was one SEAL hunk as her sparring and everything else partner.
Carolyn Brown, author of The Cowboy’s Christmas Baby
My hero, Lucas’s favorite Christmas song is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Of course, it’s the truth because he missed having Christmas with his family the year before when he was deployed to Kuwait. And that’s what was playing when he held Natalie in his arms after the Christmas party that year at the ranch when they made their own memories.
My heroine, Natalie would always love “I Only Want You for Christmas” after the ranch Christmas party. It was playing on the CMT television channel and Lucas said that it was his song to her that night. He sang the chorus softly into her ear as he undid her belt buckle. Alan Jackson sang that she should tie a ribbon around herself. Which part did Lucas want that ribbon tied around?
This author’s favorite Christmas song is “O Holy Night,” by John Berry. There is something magical about the way he sings it that combines the beauty and the feeling of the whole season.
Grace Burrowes, author of Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait
My first profession was musician, so this question required some thought. I love many Christmas songs, from the du-wop version of “White Christmas,” to Nat King Cole singing, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” to “Angels We Have Heard on High” (love to belt out those gloooooorias!). If I had to choose, though… I’d choose a brass quintet version of “We Three Kings” that made the rounds of my neighborhood when I was a kid.
The five musicians in the quintet were music teachers, neighbors, and college friends who’d get together over the holidays in each guy’s neighborhood, and go caroling to a few homes. The lovely thing about brass ensembles is that their performances aren’t subtle. On a winter night, the music could be heard over a significant distance, so even sitting all snuggled up inside, you’d hear this Christmas cheer on its way around the neighborhood.
The undertaking was jolly, too, because wassail and hospitality figured prominently in ensuring the musicians were not affected by the cold. I’ve never aspired seriously to learn a brass instrument, but if I did, the Christmas repertoire would be among the first tunes I attempted.
For my heroine and hero, Lady Jenny and Elijah, one of the most common Christmas scores would have been the first third of Handel’s “Messiah.” We associate the Hallelujah Chorus with Christmas as Elijah and Jenny would have, though in fact this selection is from the Easter portion of the piece. Other favorite numbers would have included, “He Shall Feed His Flock,” and “For Unto Us, A Child Is Born.”
Handel himself attended St. George’s in Hanover Square, the iconic Mayfair church mentioned in so many Regency romances. To my surprise, St. George’s is not a large edifice, though it does have a second story balcony to increase its seating capacity. I like to think of Elijah and Jenny attending services there, helping to make the rafters shake with a good old Christmas rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus, ably aided by their many siblings (while His Grace, who cannot, as he says, “carry a tune in a bucket,” looks on smiling silently and winking at his duchess).
To find out more about these authors, please visit their websites!
Carolyn Brown Website: http://carolynlbrown.com/
Grace Burrowes Website: http://graceburrowes.com/
Terry Spear Website: http://www.terryspear.com/
Juliana Stone Website: http://www.julianastone.com/
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