Monday, November 24, 2014

Nutrocker and Christmas Canon Rock

by Anita Mae Draper

We've been celebrating the release of Jennifer AlLee's new book, Nutcracker Christmas, so if you'd like to catch up, check out these posts which feature information and videos of Jen's inspiration for this story, as well as The Nutcracker Suite ballet:

Last week while searching for Christmas song videos, I came across another version of Nutcracker, but not a ballet.

Instead, it was Nutrocker by Trans-Siberian Orchestra otherwise known as TSO, and although I don't love rock music, I love when it has a classical twist. And no one does it better than TSO in my opinion.

This version, however, is superb in that NeverEnoughLights has set Nutrocker to synchronized Christmas lights. And...ev...'!

If you like the sound of TSO, check out their Christmas Canon Rock which has become one of my family's favorite Christmas songs due to its haunting classical-rock mix.

We were so impressed with Christmas Canon Rock that we went out and bought the album.

What's the last Christmas song you bought? Was it a CD, DVD, record album, cassette or 8-track? (Or am I dating myself?)


Anita Mae Draper is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and lives on the prairie of southeast Saskatchewan, Canada with her hubby of 30 plus years and the youngest of their four kids. She writes cowboy stories set in the West, and Edwardian stories set in the East.  Anita is blessed to have two short stories in Guideposts Books A Cup of Christmas Cheer collection which includes Here We Come A-Wassailing, published in Volume 4 Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Present, October 2014, and Riding on a Christmas Wish  published in Volume 1 Tales of Faith and Family. Anita Mae is represented by Mary Keeley of Books & Such Literary Management. You can find Anita Mae at


  1. I confess we've already started to listen to a bit around here, and this morning's was Lauridsen's Luxe Aeterna (I have the excuse that it's not jingle bells and ho-ho-ho type Christmas music). But the Christmas CD I'm about to buy is the Downton Abbey Christmas set. Carson the butler reads T'was the Night Before Christmas! But it's also a lot of the choir from King's College Cambridge. Just lovely.

    1. Susie, I agree. I just googled and found "Lux Aeterna: In Te, Domine, Speravi" by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. And then I washed some dishes while listening. Very nice. :)

      Sometimes we don't listen to Christmas music until mid-Dec, but it usually depends on the weather...and with the TV broadcasting 2 metres of snow in Buffalo, our temp dipping down to -20C/ -4F, and me promoting my Christmas Cheer story, then oh yeah, we're in the Christmas spirit here. :)

  2. Hmm. Last one we bought was probably a Mannheim Steamroller CD.

    I used to listen to the Classical XM station in the house in December. Loved their selections. Was less pleased after the merger with Sirus and eventually cancelled. We use Pandora now. We can give it some general parameters, and then tell it if it chooses something we particularly like/don't like, so it keeps making better and better choices.

    Lovely application of technology.

    Why do I suddenly feel the need for some John Rutter???

    1. John Rutter? Pandora?

      Sirius has a 2 week free special going on now, but I have it tuned to the Christian music channel which we don't get otherwise.

      For background music, we keep the TV on the satellite Christmas music channel except I can't find it this year yet.

    2. I should explain that we have 2 dozen or so Christmas dvds and cassettes which we listen to while in the car, or decorating and baking or other activities when we're running around and want to be involved in the music and not just have it there in the background.


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