Sunday, November 20, 2011
Review and Giveaway: FFH "One Silent Night"
I love music though, adore Christmas music, and on a whim I decided to say "yes" to the opportunity to review the recently released album from FFH -- One Silent Night.
Good decision. Though I still don't think I do a very good job of reviewing music.
You've probably heard of FFH -- they've sold more than two million albums, have had seven #1 singles, and have toured extensively.
I went to iTunes and listened to samples, and my kids were immediately interested in getting this album. Some pop-type songs I immediately recognized -- Baby, It's Cold Outside, I'll Be Home for Christmas, and Winter Wonderland to name three. And some more traditional songs were easily recognized too -- O Come O Come Emmanuel and O Little Town of Bethlehem.
And some I didn't recognize, for a good reason. One Silent Night, The Birthday of the King, Glorious Impossible, and Heaven and Nature Sing. I'd have a hard time deciding which of these is my favorite... probably the title track.
Once we received the download for the album, I listened through it, and was struck by how well it flows... fun, lighthearted and familiar mixing with powerful original pieces and familiar hymns.
Jingle Bell Rock brought me back to junior high though... something about the way this is sung, I don't know. I was part of a special school choir... oh, what was it called? Anyway, we performed Jingle Bell Rock at the Christmas concert... and I was partnered with David Hovde, and at one point the actions we did in this one ("Giddyup jingle-horse, pick up your feet") had the girls all pretending to whip their "horse" (the boys went down on one knee in front of us) -- oh, that sounds horrid... it was cute and funny and we all had a hard time doing this without just cracking up. And yeah, this song brought back a lot of the movements we performed in that song. This performance is not something I've thought about in a lot of years... something about this version of the song brings it back though.
Okay, so now that story convinced you either to avoid this album, or that I'm just crazy. Well, the latter is true, I am.
But... this may just be my favorite Christmas album... well, I have a Bing Crosby one that still holds the #1 spot... so this could just be #2. I'll have to let you know after I dig them all out this next weekend. Regardless, this is the best Christmas recording I've gotten in a very long time...
And you can win an album to download too! This giveaway will end Monday, November 28 at 10:01 p.m. MST.
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