12 Days of Christmas Music That Won’t Turn Your Brain to Goo (Day 3)

I love this carol, too, and I seem to be collecting different versions of it. One of my favorites is the Barenaked Ladies/Sarah MacLachlan version, though I think I already posted that one last year. I actually have two others this year, one today and one tomorrow.

12 Days of Christmas Music That Doesn’t Suck, 2014 Edition (Day 3)

So the last couple of days I’ve brought you some fun and goofy fare, but today we’re getting a little more serene, a little more toward the heart of the holiday — which has its roots in religious celebration. (And I’ll leave you to argue, if you must, over which religion or religions I’m talking about.)

Although I was raised a devout Catholic, that didn’t end up being my true path. But spirituality is very important to me as a feature of the Human Condition and as something which matters deeply in my own life. And so while I don’t necessarily share the same beliefs or faith of some Christmas carols, I can certainly appreciate them, either in a function of nostalgia or simply because they are beautiful. One of my favorite religious songs is “O Come, Emmanuel.” Some might accuse me of loving any song in a minor key, and that might be true. This particular song is one I used to sing regularly when I was a child, and it always made me feel peaceful, calm, centered. This version of it by ThePianoGuys is lovely, and the setting of the video is quite pretty, even if some could suggest the video feels mildly bombastic in tone.