AT CHRISTMAS play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year,” wrote the 16th-century poet Thomas Tusser.
He was right about the calendar, and it’s a good thing. If Christmas came more often, there would never be an end to the flood of recordings geared to the holiday.
This year’s inundation has ended. But it started as far back as September, so persons in the market for yuletide music have from which to choose.
Here’s a brief sampling of what’s available. “PEACE TO ALL OF YOU” Pieces of 8 (Drive All Night Productions)
This is a local product, recorded at the Jacob’s Ladder studio and featuring the virtuosic a cappella vocal octet that sprouted a year or two ago at the almost erstwhile St.