I've written before about some of our listening loops. As we have time, during chores or busywork, we'll listen to a playlist, rotating through a loop of different lists including, among others, science songs, folk songs, and patriotic songs. You can read a bit about how the listening loop works in this post.
I had an idea in my head of the songs I wanted for Advent and then searched Spotify for versions I liked. I find it difficult to discern words in choral arrangements, so I preferred individual singers or smaller groups.
- The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came by The Galway Christmas Ensemble found on 50 Best of Christmas Choirs
- Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus by Carolyn Arends found on Christmas, An Irrational Season*
- Creator of the Stars of Night by Roger Wilcock and the London Fox Players found on Advent Promise
- The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns by Randall DeBruyn and John Brownlie found on Journeysongs Third Edition: Volume 8
- Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence by John Michael Talbot found on The Birth of Jesus: Celebration
- O Come, Divine Messiah by Passionist Sacred Music found on Every Knee Shall Bend
- Once in Royal David's City by the Deller Consort found on Complete Vanguard Classics: Music For The Christmas Season, Christmas Carols and Motets
- People Look East by Al Petteway and Amy White found on Winter Tidings: An Appalachian Christmas
- Savior of the Nations Come by David Tolk found on Christmas
During the Christmas season proper, we listened to hours of beautiful and celebratory Christmas music. Our favorite CDs are Unbroken Song, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Joy: A Holiday Celebration, In the Bleak Midwinter, Peace on Earth, Veggie Tales: A Very Veggie Christmas and Bing Crosby. Our Spotify playlist contains almost 300 songs, so we listen to much more, but own these.
* I love this CD, but it drives Kansas Dad a little crazy. He insists (and I don't disagree) that there is absolutely nothing irrational about Mary's decision to acquiesce to her Lord.
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