Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Story in a Song

We’re coming up on Christmas, which means I’m once again rocking out to Trans-Siberian Orchestra. If you’ve never heard of them, go right now and find 'em (I'll wait)! Their music stirs me to the very core, and their stage shows are utterly breathtaking.

What I love most, though, is that TSO uses their albums to tell stories.

In addition to the individual song lyrics, the group has penned poetry that’s woven in between the songs. Their Christmas Eve and Other Stories album tells of a young man who stumbles into a bar on Christmas Eve to listen to a heartwarming tale told by a wise old patron, all about traveling angels, the love between father and daughter, and wishing upon a neon light.

Check it out here! (The story is in yellow caps, the song lyrics are in white)

At TSO concerts, the story is read aloud by a narrator with a mesmerizing, rich voice. It’s enough to give me goosebumps!

For me, the concept of telling a story through an entire album makes the experience all the more memorable.

Enjoy the stories this Christmas!


  1. I love TSO's music! Lately I've been writing to it. I never thought I could listen to instrumental, but they changed that for me!

  2. M.E. - I know! It's some powerful stuff. I was just listening to it for inspiration on one of my characters, too!

  3. I LOVE TSO! Their Carol of the Bells is my favorite arrangement ever! :)

  4. Wow! I LOVED reading your wonderful thoughts on this spectacular orchestra! I love listening to them too, and you know what? — you told a fantastic story yourself through your post! Thanks! I can't wait to follow the link and read the story.

    And thanks for commenting on my blog— you're awesome!

  5. Chantele - Yeah, their arrangements are pretty much out of this world!

    Brenda - Thanks for the kind comments. Hope you enjoy the link. It's one of my favorite Christmas-time distractions. :)