Today as I sang the alto harmony to "Silent Night" with Garth Brooks and to "The First Noel" with Suzy Boggus I was taken back to the music room at Balboa High School- circa 1974. We practiced all semester for the Christmas music program. Our teacher (whose name escapes me) laid down on the floor one day in class and had someone stand on his abdomen so he could demonstrate proper use of the diaphragm with breathing while singing. Clearly it made an impression on me since I can still visualize it 40 years later.
One of the best parts of this season, for me, has always been the music. From The New Christy Minstrels singing "Beautiful City", to Celine and Andrea knocking out "Oh Holy Night", to Brenda Lee "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree", and Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad", it's all good. This may sound strange but "Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel" sounds especially good with the acoustics in the shower at my house. No one has a better version of "I Saw Three Ships" than Judy Collins and "White Christmas" should be left to Bing Crosby. Tell me what your favorites are... and please don't say that any rendition of "Santa Baby" is better than Eartha Kitt's. That would just be sacrilege.