Christmas music is being played constantly this time of year. No matter where I go I'm subjected to various styles of carols and differing volumes. Jazz, popular music, choirs, Golden Era, and instrumental carols piped into every sound system in every place I've been for the month of December. I find none of them inspiring or uplifting. I do my best not to listen to them or hear them at the best of times. At the worst of times I imagine myself finding the source of the 'music' and ripping it from the power outlet, smashing the stereo to bits with all my Grinchy strength. Obviously, I avoid malls during the Grinchy periods.
There is only one carol that renders me speechless when done well. The Canadian Tenors recorded O Holy Night and it is the only one that fills me with peace, joy and comfort. For your listening pleasure here is their version of the carol:
Just because I can't get enough of their fantastic voices, I give you their version of Halleluja by Leonard Cohen as well (advance to 0.41 to avoid the intro):