Glitz and glamor are great. Sometimes, you just have to go for the sequined bag or the flashy dress. There is a time and there is a place for super over-the-top things, moments, performances, and lifestyle choices. Sometimes it’s fun to over-indulge!
When it comes to the holidays, there are plenty of opportunities to go over the top. From giant Christmas trees adorned with tinsel, to the infamous Rockettes Christmas performance in New York City, the holiday season can become a lot. For some folks, that’s the best part of the season. But, that’s not always for everyone.
However, there’s also so much beauty in an understatement.
Pentatonix has done so much as a group. They’re a household name, and they deserve that! They’re able to create such stunning arrangements using nothing but their voices.
They’ve put on huge shows around the world, with all the stops. Flashing lights, choreography – the whole nine yards.
However, they might be at their best when they strip down to the essentials. When they do this, you’re able to see how talented they are, and what wonderful voices they all have. Sometimes, it’s the simplicity in a performance that can really grab at your heartstrings.
All of their voices just blend so well together, and with none of the hubbub of a big stage or a huge crowd to distract from the root of their art, it’s really just so wonderful.
This rendition of “Silent Night” is so gorgeous. They put together an arrangement that’s just original enough to pleasantly surprise you but still holds onto the traditional tune that we all know and love.
This is quite possibly my favorite Christmas tune of all time. It is so cozy, like a lullaby that makes you want to hold your loved ones close and relish in the seasonal feelings.
The rest of the world seems to like this song very much, as well. It’s been recorded over and over again on countless Christmas albums by recording artists from pretty much every genre imaginable. In fact, Bing Crosby’s recording of this loveable Christmas carol is the third best selling single of all time. Ever! That’s quite the accomplishment.
The song was first performed in this lovely chapel in Austria:
As the Pentatonix stand together in what looks like a church, they need nothing but their voices and their passion for making beautiful music. Each and every phrase is carefully crafted with crescendos and movements. The first verse features the three higher voices in the group, and it’s nice and delicate, like a light dusting of snow.
When the two lower voices come in, it fills it out like a big warm blanket. It’s hard to believe that it’s just five human voices that are making such a wonderful song come to life like this.
What do you think of this rendition of “Silent Night,” have you ever heard anything quite like it before?
I’d take this traditional Christmas carol over any new Christmas song that comes out any day. There’s something about it that makes your heart sing and makes you want to sip a hot cocoa with your loved ones by a fire.
What’s your favorite holiday song?
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