Suggested Listening December 2019 – January 2, 2020

Hi everyone, as it is the holiday season and everyone is so busy, this suggested listening posting will cover two weeks, from this Friday 12/20 through next 12/27, and will feature holiday music. The first Suggested Listening posting of 2020 will be up on Friday, January 3.

Also, in the next few days I’ll be putting out a Un-Holiday suggested listening posting for those that don’t celebrate the holidays, and those who might be just the tiniest bit tired of hearing Christmas music!

Getting back to this posting, this week I’m going highlight one holiday podcast and albums and playlists from the Freegal Music Service which, for now, is available for free to all library card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries including ours!

The Freegal Music Service allows you to stream and download music and has been very popular with a small group of patrons. However, the eBooks and downloadable audiobooks available through OverDrive & Libby are much, much more popular so Freegl will be discontinued late in the spring of 2020 – so listen for free while you can!

And just a reminder, you can play Freegal music on a PC or Mac and also, via the Freegal Music app, on your smartphone or tablet.

And to access any of the recommended music titles simply click or tap on the album or playlist photo.



The Recommended Podcast:

The podcast I’m recommending is Richard Taylor’s Roots Rock Radio 2019 Christmas Special Edition podcast.

I’ll admit I love roots rock, AKA traditional rock or classic rock!

And if you like roots rock music too – then this is the podcast for you!

You can access the free podcast, which features new roots rock music from around the country, and comes out several times a year, by going to the Richard Taylor’s Roots Rock Radio website located at or, by subscribing to the podcast through the podcast app on your smartphone or tablet.

The link for the Christmas podcast is right on the RR Radio homepage and, again, the website address for the podcast is:

And once Richard Taylor has finished his introduction you get to listen to two hours of commercial free, new indie roots rock music!

I haven’t listened to all the songs yet but the songs I’ve listen to so far are full of humorous cheer!

The songs include All I Want For Christmas Is A Carburetor and Down In Christmas Prison (where you wind up if you are naughty instead of nice!)

And on to the Freegal Streamable Music!

Classical & Traditional Holiday Albums & Playlists:

Classical Christmas by Various Artists

Traditional Christmas music by the Rias Chamber Chorus & Rias Sinfonietta & Virtuosi Saxoniae



Classical Christmas by Festive Harp

Festive Harp plays thirty Christmas favorites including Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, Silver Bells, Oh, Christmas Tree and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.



English Folk Carols by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band,Sneak’s Noyse

English folk carols including the songs The Sans Day Carol, Oh, Christmas Now Is Drawing Near at Hand, Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child, English Dance & The Boar’s Head.



Country Holiday Albums & Playlists:

Brad Paisley Christmas by Brad Paisley

Brad sings Winter Wonderland, Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Penguin, James Penguin and other holiday favorites.



Christmas 16 Biggest Hits by Various Artists

Christmas classics by classic country artists including Gene Autry, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson.



Country Christmas Playlist

A 78 song Christmas playlist by country artists old and new including Patty Loveless, Alabama, Sara Evans, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Chet Atkins & Kenny Chesney.



Jazz, Swing Holiday & World Music Albums & Playlists:

The Classic Big Band Christmas Album Various Artists

A terrific collection by Christmas music by vintage big band artists including Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Eddy Duchin, Isham Jones, Sammy Kaye & Woody Herman



Ella At Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald

Ella sings songs of holiday cheer with grace and gusto! Songs include: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? and Good Morning Blues.



Christmas With Louis Armstrong & Friends by Louis Armstrong & Various Artists

The various artists in this World War II era collection include Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, The Andrew Sisters, Perry Como, Vera Lynn, Judy Garland, Glenn Miller, Les Brown & Lena Horne.



A Jazzy Wonderland Various Artists

This 14 song Christmas set features modern jazz artists including Harry Connick Jr., Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington, Marlon Jordan, Wynton Marsalis & Keith Whalum.



Solstice Live by Paul Winter Consort

Timely songs from the PWC include Fanfare, Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day, Fog On The Hill, Shaman and Buena Nueva.



Pop, Rock & R&B Rock Holiday Albums & Playlists:

Christmas a Go-Go by Various Artists

The eclectic collection of songs features classic rock artists and a few comedians! Artists/comedians include Soupy Sales, Joe Pesci, The Ramones, The Kinks, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Rufus Thomas & The Electric Prunes.



Classic Christmas, Vol. 2 by Various Artist

This album features the type of easy listening music I heard at my grandparents house when I was a kid. I wasn’t fond of it then – but boy is it relaxing now! Artists include Frankie Laine, 101 Strings, June Christy, Stan Kenton, Dana Serenaders, Lionel Hampton & Mel Blanc.



The Classic Christmas Album by Elvis Presley

This “classic” Christmas album features music from Elvis’s Classic Christmas album and two duets, which were made in recent years, I’ll Be Home For Christmas with Carrie Underwood & Blue Christmas with Martina McBride.



A Christmas Gift for You (1963) by Phil Spector & Various Artists

Phil Spector’s early Wall of Sound artists Darlene Love, The Ronettes, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans & The Crystals offer a cozy collection of early sixties pop-Christmas music.



Christmas Goes Gospel: ‘Tis the Season by Various Artists

A Gospel collection featuring Hezekiah Walker, CeCe Winans, Vicki Winans, Jonathan Butler, The Temptations and Take 6.



Christmas Jazz & Blues by Various Artists

This blues and jazz collection features Lightnin’ Hopkins, The Swing Cats, Ray Charles, Oscar McLollie, Freddy King, Bib John Greer, Ronnie Aldrich and Otis Redding.



Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano

Everyone has heard the title track from this album, Feliz Navidad, and indeed it has become a perennial classic in the years since its 1970 release. And here, for your enjoyment is the entire album!



The Glory of Christmas by 101 Strings

Classic instrumental Christmas music by the masters of 1950s and 1960s easy listening music.



The Golden Age of Light Music: Christmas Celebrations by Various Artists

Christmas music by Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra, Percy Faith & His Orchestra, The Melachrino Orchestra, Angela Morley & Her Orchestra, The Boston Pops and Mantovani & His Orchestra.



Jermaine Dupri Presents Twelve Soulful Nights Of Christmas by Various Artists

Featuring Kenny Lattimore, Xscape, K-Ci & JoJo, Alicia Keys, Voices of Soul, Chaka Khan & Faith Evans.



Kwanzaa by Various Artists

Artists include Miriam Makeba, Nathan Mdledle, Mahalia Jackson, Teddy Greaves, Paul Robeson & Bob Marley.



The Magic Of Hanukkah by The Magic Of Hanukkah band

Songs in the collection include The Latke Song, Candle Blessings (Chanukah Blessings), My Dreidel (I Have A Little Dreidel), Al HaNisim & Hanerot Halalu.



Rock This Christmas by The John Lindberg Trio

A collection of roots rock Christmas music including the songs A Good Thing Coming, Rudolph, Christmas Honeymoon, I Want Your Love For Christmas and Stuck With The Sleigh.



Videos Of The Week:

Christmas Oratorio, Sinfornia In G Major by Virtuosi Saxoniae



Sonata Natalis In C Major by Virtuosi Saxoniae



Christmas Carols by Kings College Cambridge



The Christmas Song by Festive Harp



The Twelve Days of Christmas by Festive Harp



Oh, Christmas Now Is Drawing Near At Hand / We’ve Been Awhile a-Wandering / The Waits by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band,Sneak’s Noyse



On Christmas Night by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band, Sneak’s Noyse



Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday by Brad Paisley



Winter Wonderland by Brad Paisley



Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry



Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Merle Haggard



Bells Are Ringing by Mary Chapin Carpenter



Winter Weather by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra with Peggy Lee



Let It Snow by Woody Herman & His Orchestra



Highland Heaven by The Paul Winter Consort



Tomorrow Is My Dancing Day by The Paul Winter Consort



Christmas Songs by Ella Fitzgerald



Christmas In New Orleans by Louis Armstrong



White Christmas by Bing Crosby



Blue Christmas by Grover Washington Jr.



Winter Wonderland by Wynton Marsalis



Santa Drives A Hot Rod by The Brian Setzer Orchestra



Santa Claus Is Surfin’ To Town by Soupy Sales



We Wish You A Merry Christmas by 101 Strings



Merry Christmas Baby by Elvis



Blue Christmas by Elvis



Frosty the Snowman by The Ronettes



Here Comes Santa Claus by Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans



Doo Wop Christmas by Kem



Carol Of The Bells by Mary Mary



Deck The Halls by The Mexicali Brass



Christmas Tears by Freddie King



A Five Pound Box Of Money by Pearl Bailey



Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano



Jingle Bells by Jose Feliciano



It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by 101 Strings



The Twelve Days Of Christmas by 101 Strings



We Three Kings by Percy Faith & His Orchestra



Good King Wenceslas by George Melachrino & His Orchestra



In Love at Christmas by K-Ci & JoJo



The Little Drummer Girl by Alicia Keys



Afro Blue by Cal Tjader



Swahili Song by Teddy Greaves



The Latke Song by The Magic of Hannukkah



S’veevone (S’vivon, Sov Sov Sov) by The Magic of Hanukkah



Christmas Honeymoon by The John Lindberg Trio



A Good Thing Coming by The John Lindberg Trio



Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee



The Joys of Christmas by Chris Rea



Twisted Christmas by The Bob Rivers Comedy Troup



Ten Hours Of Crackling Logs (Fireplace w no music)



Instrumental Christmas Music with Fireplace 24/7



Yulesville by Edward “Kookie” Burns



Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney & Wings

Have a great weekend & holiday season!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

Africa Speaks Review written by Thom Jurek, AllMusic,


Online Catalog Links:


The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD, etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.


You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the Libby and/or the RBDigital app, to check out eBooks, downloadable audiobooks and on-demand magazines, from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at 607-936-3713 and one of our tech coaches will be happy to assist you.

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