2. Winter Wonderland
3. Blue Christmas
4. Call Collect On Christmas
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
7. When You Wish Upon A Star
8. La Peregrinacion
9. Old Toy Trains
10. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
11. Christmas Dreaming
12. Ave Maria
Susie Arioli demonstrates once again her exceptional flair for selecting songs. The singer offers a choice of some great classics and some superb lesser known titles that she unveils with obvious pleasure. These infinitely alluring performances give off an irresistible warmth, heightened by the jazz and bluesy colours so characteristic of the Arioli sound. With its flowing rhythms, its hushed atmospheres and its carefully crafted arrangements, Christmas Dreaming evokes the holiday spirit with a formidable authenticity. The holiday period promises to be magical this year! Like a heart-warming smile, Christmas Dreaming is an invitation to dream while wide awake.
Here, Susie selects a generous handful of Christmas standards, then sweetens her holiday recipe with some old Country classics as well, continuing a flirtation with that genre she began on 2005's "Learn To Smile Again", largely a tribute to the songs of Roger Miller. Finally, Susie tosses in a bit of South American spice by including the Argentinian holiday folk song "La Peregrinacion". Saving the best for last, Susie's holiday confection is topped with the album's title track and a reverent rendition of "Ave Maria".
All in all, Susie Arioli's "Christmas Dreaming" should make for a wonderful change of pace from the standard holiday fare. The album was released in Canada back in 2010 and, before this year, you had to pay Import prices to get it. So it's great to see this excellent CD issued domestically.