The Reason for the Season

jesus-300x300Perhaps another kind of warning ought to be issued for this mix: These songs are almost all about Jesus. Most of these are versions of traditional carols that I love, and that don’t always make their way onto mixes for my largely secular audience. Some of these songs are newer songs about Jesus, and some are less about his birth than they are about the spirit of the season, but they’re all at least a little bit and mostly quite religious. They are all lovely, and I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.




Tracklist (and where you can get these seasonal spirituals for yourselves):

  1. Vince Guaraldi – Hark the Herald Angels Sing
  2. The Barra MacNeils – O Come Divine Messiah
  3. David Francey – Good Christian Men Rejoice
  4. The Clancy Brothers – When Joseph Was an Old Man
  5. Folk Angel – Angels We Have Heard on High
  6. REM – Jesus Christ
  7. Greg Simm & Kelli Trottier – Good King Wencesles
  8. Tony Trischka – Precious Child
  9. The Cox Family – Go Tell it on the Mountain
  10. Nick Lowe – I Was Born in Bethlehem
  11. Bruce Cockburn – Mary Had a Baby
  12. The New Christy Minstrels – Sing Hosanna, Hallelujah
  13. The Heavenly Gospel Singers – When Was Jesus Born?
  14. Mark Kozelek – O Come All Ye Faithful
  15. Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Seven Joys of Mary
  16. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
  17. The Heavy Blinkers – Silence Your Drum
  18. The Polyphonic Spree – Silent Night
  19. Yo-Yo Ma – Joy to the World
  20. Bert Jansch – In the Bleak Midwinter
  21. John Fahey – What Child is This?
  22. Punch Brother – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  23. Emmylou Harris – The First Noel
  24. Robin & Linda Williams – Quiet Christmas Morn
  25. Ron Sexsmith – Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  26. Kate Rusby – Hail Chime On
  27. Dave Matthews – Christmas Song
  28. Tracy Chapman – O Holy Night
  29. Sufjan Stevens – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing