Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Rock Version of "Carol of the Bells"

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. 

Both Billboard Magazine and Pollstar have ranked them as one of the top ten ticket-selling bands in the first decade of the new millennium.[7][8] Their path to success was unusual in that TSO is the first major rock band to go straight to theaters and arenas, having never played at a club, never having an opening act and never being an opening act.[9] In 2013, TSO kicked off their European tour with a performance on New Year's Eve 2013-14 in front of over 1,000,000 fans at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. "A daring feat in which the band played three shows across two continents in 27 hours."[10] The show was broadcast live to millions more on German television.[11]

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The Mistletoe Jam

 

Music: "The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody)" by Luther Vandross

Soul Line Dance: Audrey & June in Philly

Photo: Platinum Scraps

Luther Vandross: "This Is Christmas"

This Is Christmas is a Christmas album (eleventh overall) by American R&B/soul singer Luther Vandross, released in October 1995. Sony Music Special Products reissued the album on January 15, 2002 as Home for Christmas with an altered order of tracks, and again in October 2012 as part of The Classic Christmas Album line with additional tracks. The two editions of the album has sold a combined total of 1,147,000 copies as of December 2012.[1] This is Christmas lent its name to a syndicated television special Vandross hosted which aired in November and December 1995, and featured songs from this album, as well as performances by his special guests.

New Orleans' Harry Connick Jr: "Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"

 

Connick, a New Orleans native, is a founder of the Krewe of Orpheus, a music-based New Orleans krewe, taking its name from Orpheus of classical mythology. The Krewe of Orpheus parades on St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street in New Orleans on Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) — the day before Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

On September 2, 2005, Harry Connick, Jr., helped to organize, and appeared in, the NBC-sponsored live telethon concert, A Concert for Hurricane Relief, for relief in the wake ofHurricane Katrina. He spent several days touring the city to draw attention to the plight of citizens stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other places. At the concert he paired with host Matt Lauer, and entertainers including Tim McGrawFaith HillKanye WestMike Myers, and John Goodman.

New Orleans' Mahalia Jackson: "O Holy Night"

Mrs. Mahalia Jackson was born on October 26, 1911 as Mahala Jackson and nicknamed "Halie". Jackson grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of uptown New Orleans. The 3-room dwelling on Pitt Street housed 13 people and a dog. This included Little Mahala (named after her aunt, Mahala Clark-Paul whom the family called Aunt Duke); her brother Roosevelt Hunter, whom they called Peter; and her mother Charity Clark, who worked as both a maid and a laundress. Several aunts and cousins lived in the house as well... 

 

I can just slap myself. As a kid growing up in New Orleans I just took all the great music and musicians for granted. I naively assumed it was normal to hear beautiful music all the time - practically everywhere. Having traveled the world I eventually learned that is not always the case.  Now I really appreciate all the great musicians from my hometown.

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Merry Christmas!

Music is one of my favorite gifts.  Here's an amazing 13 year old angelic singer I had the pleasure and honor to hear for the first time this past year - Jackie Evancho!  

Pro Football Player Andre Johnson Plays Santa for Houston Kids Once Again!

Please read more about Mr. Johnson here and here!

The Christmas Scale

Christmas in Lagos

Nigerians add some swag to their Christmas music! LOL!

Mr. Donny Hathaway: "This Christmas"

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