Prog's Advent Calendar - Day Thirteen with Alex Lifeson

Alex Lifeson

So we're now over halfway there. Christmas is just twelve days away. And Prog has been celebrating December by drawing on the genre's rich association with festive music, bringing you a proggy treat each day.

Today it's the turn of Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, who recorded this take on The Little Drummer Boy for a 1997 album entitled Merry Axemas. Guess what that one was all about! It's a wonderfully restrained version, with sleigh bells echoing in towards the end to add to its seasonal appeal.

Made most famous by David Bowie and Bing Crosby in 1977 (it wasn't released until 1982), but the song was originally recorded by the Von Trapp Family Singers in 1951. Yup, The Sound Of Music Von Trapp Family Singers!

So enjoy. And remember, this isn’t a “best of” list. We're not adhering to any numerical order. These are just 25 great seasonal songs for you to enjoy. It’s as simple as that. Season's greetings…

You can catch up with our previous Advent choices here.

Day Twelve - Rick Wakeman

Day Eleven - Nightwish

Day Ten - Genesis

Day Nine - John Wetton

Day Eight - Camel

Day Seven - Heather Findlay

Day Six - Steeleye Span

Day Five - Procol Harum

Day Four - Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Day Three - Moody Blues

Day Two - Gandalf's Fist

Day One - Jon Anderson

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.