Do you have a favorite Christmas album you pull out every year when decorating the house? Well make room for Matt Wertz’s “Snow Globe.”
Wertz set out to make a Christmas CD that included his childhood favorites, along with some “humble originals.” A CD that you would pull out while making cookies, wrapping gifts or cruising the neighborhood streets in search of winter wonderland lights. And he succeeded.
The first track is one of my favorites, “Walkin’ In a Winter Wonderland,” also on the CD are such staples as “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Sleigh Ride,” and this little surprise — “Christmastime is Here” — the song from Charlie Brown’s Christmas special.
Wertz isn’t afraid to call for some help, with the Nashville Children’s Choir singing “O Holy Night.” And then there is Brandon Heath on two originals, and appearances from Amy Grant and Dave Barnes.
The title track, “Snow Globe” is a whimsical track that I can hear little kids singing throughout the season. It’s about living in a snow globe, with candy canes growing on trees and everybody living in a gingerbread house. And when you shake it, you make it so beautiful.
Out of the five originals tracks, “Wake Up, Wake Up” is my favorite. It’s Christmas from a child’s perspective. The verse just cracks me up.
“Wake up, wake up
You know that it’s Christmas morning
Get up, get up sleepy head”
The first time I heard Wertz’s “Christmas Just Does This to Me,” it made me long for my East Coast home and brought tears to my eyes. It’s a soft rendition of Christmas day in a family setting.
“I’ll spend the night down on the sofa with the lights left on the tree, dishwasher humming in the kitchen will send me asleep.”
This CD has quickly moved up my favorites’ list and I definitely recommend it for your collection. The classics feature a 1950s version of “White Christmas,” to the children’s choir to the instrumental “Sleigh Bells.”