Ivy’s Holly (Music Thoughts: A Merry Little Christmas, Megan Hilty)

15048138_700847763424793_4817715711285657600_nI recently saw Megan Hilty perform her cabaret show and was very much impressed. I knew she was going to be good – she has the vocal chops and is a much capable actress, but she also has a sparkling personality live, and if I wasn’t a fan before, I would be more so now. So I was so happy to see she has a Holiday album, called ‘A Merry Little Christmas.’

It’s a good album, though on record her personality is a little muted. She has a great lineup – a mixture of old reliables like ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘Have Yourself a Mery Little Christmas,’ and mixed are theater songs that evoke Holiday feelings, such as  ‘There’s Always Tomorrow,’ and ‘A Place Called Home’ The arrangements are fine enough, and have an organic ‘cabaret’ feel to them. But none of these versions made me forget the originals, though I did enjoy hearing her renditions. This won’t be my first choice for the holidays but I can see myself pulling them on a moody and cold Friday December evening.

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