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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti has been obsessed with - and inspired by- music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She's a huge fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. And hey, tune your radio dial to 102.9 WBLM every Friday morning at 8:30 am to hear Aimsel wax poetic about her live music picks for the week with The Captain & Celeste. ONE MORE THING! Catch local and nationally touring acts in the Press Herald newsroom on Aimsel's Newsroom Sessions

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Posted: December 9, 2013

Tori Amos: "A Silent Night With You" proves new holiday music can be good

When I think of Christmas music, I think of Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosy, Johnny Mathis, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the like. I also think of a few 80’s gems like The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping” and The Pogues’ “A Fairytale of New York.”

All of this is to say that “new” good Christmas songs are few and far between. Here’s one example:

Four years ago, Tori Amos released a seasonal album called “Midwinter Graces.”

 

The album is gorgeous, haunting and everything that a Tori album should be. (read: I worship the ground she walks on). My favorite song on it, and the reason for this post, is called “A Silent Night With You.” Four years later, I am officially declaring this song as a personal holiday favorite. What are some of yours?

Here’s the studio version with lovely strings:

And here’s a live version of the song just because I love Tori:

And here’s a story I wrote about “Midwinter Graces”  back in 2009. It includes an interview with Amos.Yeah!

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