I’m not ashamed to say it: selections from Justin Bieber’s latest album, Under the Mistletoe, have definitely been creeping their way up on my iTunes’ most played list. As a lover of music and all things Christmas, I thought I’d share my reflections on one the year’s hottest Christmas albums.
Under the Mistletoe is Justin’s first Christmas album. In it, the 17-year-old pop star comes together with some of the biggest names in music, including: Usher, The Band Perry, and Boyz II Men. Aside from the classics like Silent Night, and The Christmas Song, I’d have to say my favorite songs on the album are Mistletoe, Drummer Boy, and Pray.
Mistletoe: Face it. If you bought this album, this song is the reason why. With a guitar strum you can nod your head along to and the serenading voice of the Biebs, Mistletoe is easily my favorite on the album. But even though a lot of girls might wish they were Justin’s “shorty,” standing under the mistletoe all night is a pretty boring way to spend the Christmas party. Still, I can’t help but admire the fact that Justin is willing to wait there all night for this girl.
Drummer Boy: This song is a fun and upbeat twist on the classic. And, if you’re anything like me, Drummer Boy may just make you want to get up and dance. Since Justin himself began playing the drums at age two, it could be that he identifies with the Little Drummer Boy who plays his drums as a gift for Jesus. Justin and Busta Rhymes take some creative liberties in this one, but it still has the same great message: Your talents make the perfect Christmas gift for God.
Pray: Justin shows that he has his priorities straight in this song. His answer to the question, “How can I make a change?” Pray.
“I close my eyes and pray for the brokenhearted
I pray for the life not started
I pray for the ones not breathing
I pray for all the souls in need”
Of course, giving to charity and volunteering your time is important too, but as Justin points out in this song, prayer is the most powerful thing we can do to make a difference.
If you’re looking for some Christmas tunes you can dance to, and also have an appreciation for the classics, Under the Mistletoe is worth checking out.