Monday, December 11, 2006

Advent Day 11: Sweet Tracks

If you like contemporary holiday music, you might want to check out Best Buy's Sweet Tracks. They have 14 songs free for download if you are willing to create an account with them. The artists include: Keith Urban, Train, New Found Glory, Dave Koz, Flyleaf, Chris Botti, Melissa Etheridge, Nick Lachey, Brian Wilson, Lifehouse, Holly Brook, Lucy Walsh, Feist and Kaci Brown.

I'll admit to non-"with-it"ness, since I only recognize a few of those artists - Keith Urban who is some kind of country singer, Melissa Etheridge who sings adult rock, and Brian Wilson, who, long long ago, was a Beach Boy. Oh, and Lifehouse, who I happened to see live, but I don't remember what the music sounded like (it was a pretty insipid set until they covered Elvis Costello's "Pump It Up").

You apparently need to install the Rhapsody player to listen to the songs and be running Windows XP or 2000 to download the music. Since I'm on a Mac, I'll just take their word that this is a sweet deal.

For people with iTunes:

This week's free song from the iTunes Music Store is Sarah McLachlan singing Silent Night. The last one was James Taylor singing an unusual version of Jingle Bells, so I'm going to download this one out of curiosity.

If you prefer free with no strings attached (the best option IMHO):

You can now download the lovely brass "O Holy Night" as shown on Studio 60 for free - either download directly, or go to the Studio 60 web site

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