Holiday tunes: Wilson Phillips & Windham Hill

The holiday season is here, and I recently had the opportunity to listen to two new Christmas albums. Read on for my take on Christmas in Harmony by Wilson Phillips, and Winter’s Songs: A Windham Hill Christmas.Wilson Phillips – Christmas in Harmony
Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips are back with a cute and very poppy holiday album, Christmas in Harmony.  While some of the tunes are too perky for me, I enjoyed several of the cuts.

“When A Child Is Born” is a pretty song reminding us of the joy of children and the hopes and dreams that we have for each of them. “Sleigh Bells” finds a good balance between upbeat but not too perky. The group’s simple take on “The Christmas Song” is gorgeous and soothing.

Winter’s Songs – A Windham Hill Christmas
I’ve never been much on instrumentals, but lately I’m finding them relaxing and calming. Sometimes words just get in the way of the music. Here you get just the music, and that’s all I need.

This CD played while I put up my tree and kept me calm as I untangled the light strands. I listen to it on the way to work or when making my list and checking it twice. It would be perfect as dinner music or the soundtrack to a holiday open house.

One song in particular always makes me smile: “Circle of Joy” by Lisa Lynne. The album features traditional songs like “Joy to the World” and “The Compleat Nutcracker Sweet” and others such as “December Morning” by Jim Brickman.

Christmas in Harmony and Winter’s Songs are both available at

Want to win a copy? I have one of each to give away. Leave a comment telling me your favorite holiday song and which CD you’d like to win. A random number generator will choose the winners.

I hope your days are merry and bright!

34 Responses to Holiday tunes: Wilson Phillips & Windham Hill
  1. Kathy Sena - Parent Talk Today
    December 3, 2010 | 9:17 pm

    Hey Tiffani! I’d love to win Winter’s Songs. Sure do appreciate your reviews. I didn’t know Wilson Phillips was doing anything new right now. I’ll have to check this out. I’m with you on not liking my Christmas music to “pop-y.” So I’m curious to hear what they sound like here. Thanks!

    • Tiffani
      December 10, 2010 | 6:49 pm

      Looks like you’re the winner of both, Kathy! Send your snail mail address to me at hillpatterson @ gmail .com (no spaces) and I’ll get them out to you.

      Thanks for reading!
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