December 2017-Christmas, spirituality and Irish music-sometimes entertwined
1) LET IT BE (Beatles): You all know this quasi-spiritual Beatles classic.
2) CARIBBEAN WIND (Bob Dylan)
3) SOLID ROCK (Bob Dylan) With Bob's Christian period being re-appraised after the new Bootleg Series release, here are two of my favorites.
4) THEME FROM HARRY'S GAME (Clannad): Bono thought this was so beautiful that the world had ended....
5) IN A LIFETIME (Clannad): ...and he sings on this song by the great Irish group.
6) AND YES WE MUST REMAIN THE WILDHEARTED OUTSIDERS (Dexy's Midnight Runners)
7) THE CELTIC SOUL BROTHERS (Dexy's Midnight Runners)
8) ALL IN ALL THIS ONE LAST WILD WALTZ (Dexy's Midnight Runners): Technically English, but Kevin Rowland is of Irish background, and identifies strongly with his Irish roots.
9) AND WINTER CAME (Enya)
10) ORIEL WINDOW (Enya)
11) MORNING GLORY (Enya): Three piano-based instrumentals, the first one being from her Christmas album.
12) MAY IT BE (Enya): About Hobbits. And inspiration for real life.
13) YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE (Gerry & The Pacemakers): Associated with Liverpool, performed by the Liverpool group, but actually a Rodgers/Hammerstein showntune.
14) WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CHRISTMAS (Jimmy Webb): Early Webb.
15) RIBBONS AND BOWS (Kacey Musgraves): From Kacey's excellent Christmas album.
16) LISTEN TO THE BELLS RING (Lisa Mychols): From another wonderful Christmas album by Lisa Mychols.
17) CODAIL A LINBH (SLEEP O CHILD) (Moya Brennan): Carol by the lead singer of Clannad.
18) CHICAGO (Sufjan Stevens): Prefer the acoustic version from the Avalanche.
19) MYSTERY OF LOVE (Sufjan Stevens): New song from the Call Me By Your Name movie.
20) NEW YEAR'S DAY (U2): Another seasonal classic.
21) DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD (Van Morrison)
22) FOREIGN WINDOW (Van Morrison)
23) QUEEN OF THE SLIPSTREAM (Van Morrison): Three from the spiritual 90s period from the Irish singer.