I will admit I’ve never seen the movie, “Frozen.”
I, do however, know the lyrics to every. single. song. from the soundtrack because all four of my children, ages 17, 15, 12 and 10, repeated them over and over and over again. For awhile, they listened to the Disney song station on Pandora in the car on the way to and from school.
Even if you’ve never seen the movie, it’s hard not to know who Idina Menzel is. She was on the TV circuits with the movie’s release and popularity and really, it’s not a common name. It’s one you remember. I often wondered if this would be her one big moment, if Frozen is all she would be remembered for (which would be a tremendous shame because she is so stinkin’ talented.
So, when I heard she had a Christmas album, I was ecstatic. (And I’m not big into Christmas albums… I just listen to the radio station, except for the few times I play Dominic the Donkey, Have a Funky Funky Christmas, and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer – because no radio station plays any of those.)
Tracks included in Holiday Wishes are:
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- The Christmas Song
- Baby It’s Cold Outside (Duet with Michael Buble)
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- All I Want For Christmas
- What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
- December Prayer
- When You Wish Upon A Star
- Silent Night
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- White Christmas
And if you get it from Target? You get “Let It Snow” and “Mother’s Spiritual”
What I like most about this album is the mix of tradition, favorite carols and ones I’m not familiar with. Additionally, she doesn’t sign them in a manner that you can’t follow along without getting lost… meaning my karaoke sessions in the car are all the more festive!
Holiday Wishes, a Christmas album recorded by Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel, is out now on Warner Bros. Records.
The album was produced by Grammy Award-winner Walter Afanasieff (Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey) and features such classic favorites as “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as well as Joni Mitchell’s Christmas-themed “River,” one of Menzel’s favorites.
Another highlight is a duet with international superstar Michael Bublé on “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” An exclusive Target edition of Holiday Wishes features two bonus tracks, including “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”.
I participated in the Idina Menzel Holiday Wishes album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided an album to review but all opinions are my own.