In addition to my weekly Friday 80s Flashback posts, I will be sharing one holiday song per day from now through December 25.
We'll kick off this new music feature with the first tune I heard when I hit shuffle on my Holiday Collection playlist early this week: "We Three Kings" by Pink Martini.
Pink Martini plays multiple styles: jazz, latin, lounge music, and classical. Thomas Lauderdale, who founded the band in 1994, refers to the band's diversity when interviewed on the January 1, 2012, broadcast of CBS Sunday Morning: “All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world. So inevitably, our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you’re in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you’re in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It’s a bit like an urban musical travelogue." Pink Martini has a roster of 10–12 musicians, and they perform a multilingual repertoire -- the band's vocalist is fluent only in English, but sings in 15 different languages -- on concert stages and with symphony orchestras all over the world. In 2010, they released their fifth studio album, Joy to the World, featuring 14 tracks of holiday songs. Track #10, "We Three Kings," was released as a free Starbucks download.