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Christmas has entered the building.

At least Christmas CDs have entered the building. One just arrived at the Gusto desk bearing the cheery title “Here Comes Winter.” It is by a pop crooner named Maria Jacobs.

Another disc also showed up by New York Polyphony, called “Sing Thee Nowell.”

The Jacobs disc is about the bleakness of winter. A lot of it is forgettable pop but Jacobs does a good job with two Joni Mitchell songs with acoustic guitar – “Both Sides Now” and Mitchell’s sad “River,” which has turned into a classic over the last few years. It’s a genuine sounding song, so honest, with its sentiments of “I’m selfish and sad, I lost the best baby that I ever had ...” The mostly secular disc turns religious with the last track, a gospel song called “My God is Here.” When was the last time you heard a song based on the old chestnut “Nearer My God To Thee”?

The disc by the male quartet New York Polyphony is good even if the simple age-old chant “Veni, veni Emmanuel” is all but ruined by a weird arrangement. This is known as Lessons and Carols Syndrome – choirs can’t leave a perfectly good hymn alone. “Adam Lay Ybounden” fares better, and there’s a lyrical arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” There’s also a reverent performance, in French, of the beautiful and underperformed “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella.”

Hmmm. This is kind of enjoyable, come to think of it.

Is it too early to crack out the glogg?

email: mkunz@buffnews.com