Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis

*While Christmas shopping recently, I paused while listening to a hauntingly beautiful song recorded by the incomparable Johnny Mathis.

It’s called “Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep)” and it’s featured on Mathis’ latest Christmas collection, 2013’s exceptional, Grammy-nominated Sending You A Little Christmas.

Johnny Mathis album cover

Mathis, 80, is one of few artists who has recorded so many Christmas albums over the years, beginning with 1958’s classic Merry Christmas, that you can use the word “latest” to differentiate between them!

Chances are you’ve played — or at least heard — something from Mathis this holiday season. His vast Christmas collection is the soundtrack of, literally, generations of music lovers. As the gorgeous track faded down, I wondered what Mathis himself enjoys listening to at Christmastime.

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