Sunday, December 18, 2005
Liz Says, Have an Acoustic Christmas!
My brother and sister-in-law actually turned me on to Ottmar, a flamenco guitarist who has released some truly stunning albums. With "Poets & Angels," he gives the acoustic treatment to such traditional carols as "We Three Kings" and "Away in a Manger," along with more secular carols like "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls." But he also introduces five original tunes, some of which he couples with the traditional numbers, not the least of which is the pairing of "Angels We Have Heard on High" with "High on Hope."
The result is an extremely beautiful feast of acoustic guitar and soft percussion, with gentle bass and keyboard thrown in. I like to listen to it when doing the last-minute shopping, because it keeps me mellow among frantic buyers and drivers, but I also like it for decorating the tree. And although we're not big entertainers during the holidays (though we do love being entertained), this would certainly be on my list of CDs to play at any gathering of friends or family.
All in all, it just makes for a very mellow holiday. And who couldn't use one of those? Happy Christmas, everybody!
Elizabeth Bevarly, 11:56 AM8 comments