Sting - If On a Winters Night -
Who better to send out soothing, holiday-friendly vocals than Sting?
The singer and multi-instrumentalist carefully selected an arc of
songs for this album that span both the centuries and the various
moods of the holidays, and he selected a three-piece musical ensemble
(fiddle/pipes, melodean, and harp) to accompany him, as well as
several guest artists to add touches of trumpet (Chris Botti),
percussion (Bijan Chemirani), and cello (Vincent Segal). The songs
themselves range from traditional English melodies like Soul Cake
and The Snow it Melts the Soonest to 14th-century carol Gabriels
Message, as well as Stings own original, The Hounds of Winter.
Its pretty, and seasonally-appropriate, too.