I promised this would be a recurring series of posts, and I don’t want to be naughty, so here goes: More holiday music from Hoopla!

New releases:

 

Herb Albert, The Christmas Wish. Everyone’s favorite brass-band-leading-trumpeter, music label executive, abstract expressionist painter, and philanthropist offers us this gift of classics and lesser-known holiday songs, done in his inimitable way.

 

 

 

 

Gwen Stefani, You Make it Feel Like Christmas. Everyone’s favorite singer, songwriter, fashion designer, actress, and tv personality stops by to let us know it is, in fact, us who make it feel like Christmas. Good job, us! Actually, she’s probably really talking about her main squeeze Blake Shelton, who duets with her here, and has a holiday album of his own.

 

 

 

Classics:

Hoopla has kindly gathered a large number of their classic holiday albums into this collection. Thank you, Hoopla Claus! Here are a couple highlights:

Burl Ives,  et al., Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Ah, it doesn’t get much better than this stop-motion animation classic. And the songs are pretty great, too, thanks to Burl Ives, the lovable snowman narrator. Don’t forget you can check out the dvd too! 

 

 

 

 

 

Ella Fitzgerald, Christmas. It doesn’t get much more classic than The First Lady of Song taking us away to a winter wonderland. 

 

 

 

 

 

Family/Children Fun

Hoopla Claus definitely didn’t forget about the kids. They offer up this great selection of Children’s holiday music, too, featuring such greats as the Elf soundtrack, the Polar Express soundtrack, a Pokemon Christmas Bash, and more! 

 

 

 

 

 

Off the Beaten Path:

The Band, “Christmas Must Be Tonight”. This deep cut holiday jam is one of two bonus tracks on The Band‘s remastered 1975 release Northern Lights – Southern Cross, which is a great record. So, you get to listen to it and then end with a holiday song. Win win! 

 

 

 

 

Well, that’s all for this post. We will see what we find in our song stocking next week. Ho Ho Hoopla! 

Patrick Culliton is the Marketing Specialist at GCPL. He is currently listening to Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino.