Staff Picks: December 2023

Our Sheet Music Direct team plays, strums and sings just as much as you do! We're a team of musicians who love music of various styles and, when we're not busy with all things Sheet Music Direct, play at home, church, and gigs. Each month, we're sharing some of the favorite songs we're currently playing and why we think you'll love them too. For the holiday season, our December picks feature some of our team's festive favorites. Check these out below or head over to our Staff Picks page which we update regularly with the latest picks.

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Annie's Pick
When Christmas Comes to Town (from The Polar Express), Glen Ballard

The Christmas song that has been stuck in my head the most so far this season has been "When Christmas Comes to Town" from The Polar Express. This peaceful arrangement by Phillip Keveren is from his Christmas at the Movies collection. You can explore the rest of these holiday movie favorites here.

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Becca's Pick
Prelude/Carol Of The Bells, George Winston

George Winston's December album is by far one of my top albums to listen to (and to play on piano) around Christmastime – and my favorite track off of this album is "Carol of the Bells" by far. I love how creatively Winston arranged this and all the other tunes, with such a lush accompaniment to these familiar melodies. Growing up, my mom would play this album a lot during this time of year, so it seems almost like tradition to keep this going in my own household.

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Sam's Pick
A Holiday Road of Carols, Greg Gilpin

Written by Fleetwood Mac's very own Lindsey Buckingham for the movie National Lampoon's Vacation, "Holiday Road" is one of my go-to feel-good songs when I need my spirits lifted! This clever choral arrangement by Greg Gilpin intersperses several popular carols with the song's infectious chorus. A great choice for choirs looking for something a little different, but familiar at the same time!

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Mark's Pick
Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen

A favorite in my family for years, for many reasons, from Shrek to Watchmen to our local high school band's rendition at this past Trail of Lights fun run, "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen always makes me think of the reason for the season.

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Julia's Pick
This Christmas, Donny Hathaway

Anytime I hear this song I know Christmas time is near. No matter the weather it just fills me up with joy, and an insurmountable wave of nostalgia. The perfect Christmas tune!

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Chris' Pick
Christmastime Is Here, Vince Guaraldi

Vince Guaraldi's "Christmastime Is Here" really captures the magic of the holiday season for me. With its enchanting melodies and emotive harmonies, it's become a cornerstone of my Christmas repertoire, and is a great choice for musicians looking to infuse their performances with the warmth and charm of the holiday spirit.

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