Music Maven Reveals Tips for Holiday Music Selection Process

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Kristen Knowlens, a music expert at Hovenford Records in New York City, has released her holiday music guide.

Choosing the perfect album to give or listen to during the holidays can be more difficult than one may initially assume. If playing this album during a Christmas party, it must have the right pace and vibe to keep the party upbeat and exciting. If giving the album as a gift, it must reflect the values and musical taste of its recipient. Kristen Knowlens, a music guru at Hovenford Records in New York City, has recently compiled a list of tips to help individuals choose the perfect music this holiday season.

"Oftentimes, people do not understand how much thought should go into choosing the right soundtrack for a party, or the right musical gift for a friend," commented Knowlens. "There are some very important considerations to be made when choosing an album for a holiday get together or when picking up a gift for someone else. Good hosts and hostesses will be wise to consider the values, in addition to the musical taste, of their guests."


1. Consider the nature of a party when choosing the music. Is the party a dinner party? One that will encourage dancing? The music that is played should reflect the vibe that the party is going after.

2. Think about the theme of the party. Is it a Christmas party, general holiday party, or other kind of celebration? Make sure that the songs played reflect the kind of party that is taking place, such as Christmas music at a Christmas party and general, winter-themed music at a party meant to celebrate the season.

3. Take into account the musical tastes of party guests. The demographic is important, as guests may prefer one genre of holiday music, such as pop or R&B, over another.

4. Choose a musical gift that will represent the values of the friend or family member. If the gift is intended for someone who is Jewish, a Christmas album may not be the wisest choice.

5. Consider the musical tastes of the person receiving the gift. If they have a favorite musician or genre of music it is best to stick with their preference.    


Kristen Knowlens is a music expert at Hovenford Records in New York City.


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