An Audio Diva Christmas: Aaliyah's Angelic Tones

Friday, December 2, 2011

Talk about some hidden gems....

I don't know what I was doing during Christmas of 1997, but obviously something was more important than seeing Aaliyah charming the trimmings off the tree during the annual Christmas In Washington TV special. Even President Bill Clinton (dang, you know this is old) was awe-struck as Aaliyah gave "The Christmas Song" and "What Child Is This" some tender loving care.

She was not the most powerful singer ever, but Aaliyah was always effective and she gives a real rich and heartfelt performance with these traditional holiday tunes. Yes, there is a slight undertone of melancholy to be had when hearing these renditions, especially when you realize that this concert was recorded during the time where she was on the expressway towards big success. In order not to think about what (tragically) became of Aaliyah and all the coulda/shoulda/woulda beens, these long-lost and somewhat forgotten performances are the good times that I'd like to remember about her. Take a peek after the cut to get that warm n' fuzzy holiday feeling inside ya from a true angelic voice.

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