A Musical Merry Christmas

While I’m not a big fan of shopping during the holidays or busy store parking lots or icy roads, I could happily stay home, drink bottomless cups of cocoa, eat 3,000 calories worth of Christmas cookies and listen to the carols of the season. Knowing this, a friend of mine recently introduced me to this video of “12 Days,” an original compilation sung by an all-male a cappella vocal ensemble that formed at Indiana University back in 1996. This particular performance by the group named Straight No Chaser was from December 7, 1998, and it makes me smile every time I watch it. Hope it will do the same for you:

Also, because my heroine in A Summer in Europe is a HUGE Andrew Lloyd Webber fan — and so am I! — I wanted to share this second music video with you as well. It’s performed by the legendary Sarah Brightman, who originated the lead female role in Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (and she was, in fact, Webber’s wife for a time, too). Below she’s singing “I Believe in Father Christmas.”

Wishing all who celebrate a very Merry Christmas this weekend, and to everyone everywhere I wish you a most happy holiday season. May 2012 be a year of dreams fulfilled, good health, peace on earth and much joy!

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
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12 Responses to A Musical Merry Christmas

  1. Liz says:

    Merry Christmas.

  2. Marilyn, I love the Straight No Chaser song. It always makes me smile, and it’s so clever. I love cleverness with my music!

    I’ll listen to the Sarah Brightman one now. And a very happy Christmas to you, and everyone else!
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  3. Edie Ramer says:

    The first one is brilliant! Loved it! How do they remember all those words? Last night my brother emailed me a priest and rabbi joke, and I had trouble remembering it after the short time it took me to walk downstairs and tell it to my husband. (Next time I’ll print it out.)

    Sarah Brightman is a lovely singer. And her outfit is gorgeous.

  4. Mary Jo says:


    Wishing you and your family a loveliest of Christmases with enough jolly spice to add the chuckles.

    Always love Sarah Brightman and her ingenious and fantasy-like costumes.

    • Mary Jo, I really love Sarah Brightman’s costumes, too! She has such a sense of the dramatic about her, doesn’t she?! And that incredible vocal range…wow ;). And thank you for the Christmas wishes (I’m looking forward to that “jolly spice”!!) — I wish you the merriest of holidays, too. 🙂
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  5. liz Kreger says:

    I’d seen Straight No Chaser many times and laugh every time. Great choice, Marilyn.

    Merry Christmas to everyone.

  6. CateS says:

    As a Hoosier, I have to insist that all of you check out the SNC website & please attend a concert and buy their CDs.. You won’t regret spending the money.

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