Favourite Christmas Songs

This is our favourite time of year.  The warmth of family and friends, the universal cheer, the hot chocolate, the egg nog, the rum, the candy, and of course the music.  We’ve compiled a list of our favourite Christmas songs below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We picked Nat King Cole’s version of Silent Night, because in our opinion it the penultimate classic version: major respect for Nat King Cole in the SOUNDfonix household.

Of course, Brenda Lee had to be on the list with Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree. Who doesn’t think about Home Alone when this song comes on. I know I do.

Two Beatles made the list for their original Christmas tunes. Sir Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime and John Lennon’s much-covered Happy Xmas (The War Is Over).

You likely remember Fiona Apple for her 90s hit song Criminal, but I really love her fun take on Frosty The Snowman. This version is a little jazzy, and a very hip version of what is usually a very hokey song.

Perry Como’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays captures the feeling of family perfectly. These are my favourite lyrics from that song.

“I met a man who lives in Tennessee,
He was headin’ for, Pennsylvania, and some home made pumpkin pie.
From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin’
Down to Dixie’s sunny shore,
From Atlantic to Pacific,
Gee, the traffic is terrific.”

Mele Kalikimaka is a catchy tune about a tropical Christmas, a greeting from the land where palm trees sway, and KT Tunstall has a great version of it.

Bryan Adams is a great touch of Canadiana to this list. If you’re from Canada, you probably hear this song every year. Super proud that BA is Canadian.

The Temptations have the best version of Little Drummer Boy. #amirite?

J-I-N-G-L-E Bells. Frank is awesome. A highlight of music library for sure.

Of course, there are a lot more great Christmas songs out there than this. Is yours on this list? If not, what is your favourite?

Bridal Fantasy – January 21, 2018

SOUNDfonix will once again be at Bridal Fantasy in 2018.  We received confirmation that we will be in Booth 213, almost right inside the main entrance, right by the Grand Prize booth. Please come by and chat with us.

 

We will have a draw to Win Your Basic Dance Package again and we’ll be there meeting all of the lucky couples.

We are super excited to be there, and we hope you are, too.

Tickets are available here.

Here are a few things to get the most out of your experience:

  1. Print a sheet or 2 of stickers with your name, address, email address and phone number if you want to enter any draws, it’ll save you a ton of time!
  2. Enter draws for vendors that you would want to get services from only.
  3. Keep in mind that there will be lots of people there, so come prepared for a crowd.
  4. Doors open at 10 am, come early.
  5. Fashion shows will be at 12 pm and  2 pm, if you’re not interested in the fashion shows, this is the time to get some good one-on-one time with the vendors of your choice.
  6. Come prepared to talk to people, it can honestly be exhausting but it will be so worth it when you find the DJ of your dreams 😉
  7. Come prepared to book your favourite vendors, but be wary of high-pressure sales tactics like ultra-low prices and incentives that are too-good-to-be-true.
  8. Most importantly, have fun!!

Take A Picture

I did a wedding 2 weeks ago and introduced to a neat little app called WedPics. See below for the link to get this free app from either Google Play or iTunes.

Google Play Store | iTunes Store

It was actually a really cool, really neat idea for wedding photos. While your guests are at your reception, having a great time, dancing and drinking and pulling crazy shenanigans, they are also taking pictures and uploading them to the WedPics app. Your guests can share their memories automatically with everyone else.

Even cooler than that?!?! You get a computer set up with a project and run a dynamic and instantaneous slide show of all the photos people take and upload to the app.

Even cooler than that?!?! You have access to all the photos after your wedding to print and post the cream of the crop, the best of the best, preserving memories as they happen. I would highly recommend you check out this app for your wedding.

Did you know that SOUNDfonix offers projector and screen rental for the evening? You should ask about that when you book us for your next event.

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Take Me To Church – June 24, 2017

It’s really interesting the little differences between weddings: Church v JP, Outdoor v. Indoor; Small v. Large.  No two weddings are the same, and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. As far as weddings are Iconcerned, the end justifies the means; the end result being that you’re married. That’s the goal, isn’t it?

That being said, I got to do two things I haven’t done in a long time: attend a ceremony in a church and mic a live musician. Each will be accompanied by something not everyone knows about me.

Church Wedding

The first isn’t incredible, after all, I was raised Catholic. (That’s the first thing not everyone knows about me) But it seems relatively rare these days,

Outdoor church ceremony at St Albert Catholic Church
Outdoor church ceremony at St Albert Catholic Church

90% of the ceremonies I provide music for are performed by JPs. The last church ceremony I did was about a year at St. Joachim French Catholic Parish. A beautiful old parish in downtown Edmonton.

 

The church I was at this past weekend (June 24) was St Albert Catholic Church. It features a beautiful grotto behind the main building for outdoor weddings.

Live Musician

 

The second happens a lot less frequently (maybe once every couple years): I got to mic a live musician. The other thing most people don’t know about me is that I was trained (early in my career) as an in-studio sound engineer; mixing vocals, music, sound effects, using effects and EQ to get the most out of sound and the room. Or in this case, the open air.  While this is something that doesn’t happen very often, it is something that I am still familiar with. Any experienced and qualified DJ should be able to EQ or set up speakers and mics appropriately for any kind of room. A good DJ will also take decibel readings of a room to ensure no guests is enduring painfully loud audio.

These are all things that SOUNDfonix can for your wedding… and provide a kick ass party. Check out this review from the groom at  June 24 wedding!

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