Amanda Cade

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I wrote a post last year about unconventional holiday music (one of my favorite early posts) and I definitely have my offbeat holiday tunes on shuffle right now. I’m also mixing in more traditional music, and I have absolutely fallen in love with Idina Menzel’s Christmas: A Season of Love. I’ve been a Menzel fan since Rent hit the scene back in 1996, and of course I adored her performances as Elphaba in Wicked and Elsa in Frozen. She is, without question, one of my favorite musical artists, and this album is fantastic.

Every song is a winner, but I especially enjoy her duet with Ariana Grande, which pays tribute to an unsung holiday hero:

And a stunning medley of two classic songs:

The album is available everywhere, and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, it’s included in the free streaming service.

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What’s on your holiday playlist?

19 thoughts on “Holiday Playlist (Blogmas Day 5)

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Nothing says Christmas like banjos… (IMO)

    I’ve been indulging in bluegrass lately.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Bluegrass Christmas songs sound like a great idea! 💖

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  2. kagould17 says:

    We are stuck in a rut. The Christmas music from our childhood (Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song) and from our early married years (Bony M Happy Christmas and Carpenters Christmas Portrait) are still our favourites. The Chieftains Bells of Dublin is also in there. Now that you got me thinking, I need to go put some of this on, right now……………………

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      You can’t go wrong with the classics, but I like seeing what else is out there.

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    2. Yargh! I’ve just remembered I’m supposed to try and find the Bony M Christmas cd!lol Thank you!lol

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      1. Amanda Cade says:

        Glad you remembered!

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  3. Comfort Reads says:

    I love this album so so much!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Isn’t it wonderful?

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  4. fakeflamenco says:

    Love the Mrs. Claus song! Very fun. Odetta’s Mary Had a Baby is a family favorite. And for Hanukkah songs we like Ocho Kandelikas. : )

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I’ll have to look those up. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  5. I love the old Christmas music!! Michael Buble’s album is very good too. There’s a 98 Degrees album that I really enjoy. It was what I grew up listening to!! Miraculum by Lincoln Brewster is a great instrumental Christmas song. Something About December by Christina Perri. You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch by Small Town Titans. Amy Grant – Home for Christmas is good

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Home for Christmas is a family favorite. We listen to it at my parents’ house every year. 🙂

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  6. Idina has quite an interesting voice with no prob hitting the highs. My fav is Nat King Cole’s version of O Holy Night, an oldie for sure. For bringing on a tear or two, it’s Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg. But that’s more of a song for reminiscing. Keep up the good work, Amanda. Looking forward to more.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Two wonderful songs!
      Thanks for the encouragement. Today marks seven days in a row, so I’m pretty proud of myself. 😀

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  7. Merry xmas everybody by slade

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I had totally forgotten about that one! Listening to it right now. 😀🎄

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