Christmas Music: Mannheim Steamroller ‘Silent Night’

The cover for Mannheim Steamroller's Silent Night

The perfect recording for Christmas Eve. Period.

Years ago, when I was a struggling actor in NYC, my best friend Carlye discovered Mannheim Steamroller’s first holiday album, Christmas.

Mannheim Steamroller’s founder, Chip Davis, created the perfect formula of light, airy instrumental versions of favorite holiday songs.

The first time Carlye played this for me, we were huddled up in our sweats around 10 pm on Christmas Eve.

With only candles lit in our small one-bedroom New York City apartment, and armed with our version of “egg nog” – egg nog mix, amaretto, and a bit of vanilla bean ice cream – we sat quietly enjoying our inexpensive real Christmas tree as this played out in the shadows.

The first 60 seconds always leads me to imagine Santa and the elves working through the winter, getting ready for the big night.

And as the toy piano and jingle bells play, the wind at the north pole whips up to send him out into the night.

To this day, one of my favorite memories AND traditions, thanks to my BFF Carlye.

Looking back at how little we thought we had, it’s amazing to know how much we really did.

And if you’re in the mood for more holiday cheer, click here to find more Christmas music from The Randy Report.

Happy Christmas everyone.