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Sunday, December 2, 2012

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 10 - Christmas With Julie Andrews

One of the memorable voices for Disney fans such as ourselves is that of Dame Julie Andrews.  Whether you first fall in love with her accent, crisp pronunciation and enunciation, her broad vocal range, or just her kind, "practically perfect in every way" aura, Julie Andrews is a wonderful performer to have in your Christmas discs.

Christmas With Julie Andrews begings with putting the "triumphant" in "joyful and triumphant" in "Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful!"  Her soaring vocals along with he orchestra might be a bit much for some, but for Julie Andrews' fans, it is majestic!

My first memory of "See Amid the Winter Snow" (or at least when I first paid attention to it) was this album.  Now, you can sing along with Dame Julie, if you pick up your copy of Lutheran Service Book.  

"Patapan" is a family favorite.  For some reason, in the late 1990's, the woodwinds and percussion of this number made our musical baby thrilled!  He enjoyed the song somuchthatwe repeated it on the CD often.

"In the Bleak Midwinter," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," "Hark,the Herald Angels Sing, and "Away in a Manger" add to a great collection of sacred songs.

For some, Julie Andrews' music can seem over-the-top.  Yet in the Heinz household, Disney nuts and Julie Andrews fans that we are, this album is simply "supercallifragilisticeialidocious!"

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