Yes, I know this is slightly off-topic for this lil blog but you know what? It’s Christmas, and it’s my blog and I’m gonna do the drivin’. :p
The iTunes store has been giving away one free Christmas song a week, and some have been real gems, including Tony Bennett’s classy version of Winter Wonderland and Faith Hill’s stirring rendition of O Holy Night. But once the end of the week comes, Apple replaces the free song with a new free song, and you have to pay 99 cents to download Tony or Faith now.
Amazon is comparatively the new kid on the block when it comes to downloadable music, and when it comes to freebies, they’ve been kicking iTunes’ butt up and down the snow-covered, garlanded street this holiday season. Check out this page of free Christmas music downloads. It’s a pretty impressive collection, including a track from Vince Guaraldi’s beautiful rendition of “Greensleeves,” a pretty love song by Leigh Nash, the bluesy “A Child Is Born,” a sophisticated novelty song by Barenaked Ladies, and just enough Christian Contemporary artists like Big Daddy Weave and Sixpence None The Richer to remind us, oh yeah, that’s what we’re celebrating here.
The absolute coolest part of this page is, it’s only the start. There are tons more free Christmas tunes tucked away on Amazon. You want more Vince Guaraldi? Dig around and you’ll find two free tracks used on the classic Charlie Brown Christmas TV special: O Tannenbaum, and (from the scene with Lucy and Schroeder) Fur Elise.
There’s also a very nice sampler with songs by Peggy Lee, Bing Crosby and a nice jazzy version of Nutcracker Suite and a masterful a cappella Auld Lang Syne by the Beach Boys. And if Hildegard Von Bingen is more to your liking, check out the free sampler of Naxos Early Music for some beautiful religious music.
The more you dig, the more freebies you find. I doubt I found everything, and they seem to add more each day I check back there.