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Christmas Time (and Music!) is Here

Christmas Time (and Music!) is Here

I crossed the National Novel Writing Month finish line at 1:22 AM on November 28th with an official word count of 50,538 words, which is not at all bad for a story with cavernous plot holes and sketchy character development. To say I was glad to be done seems like a bit of an understatement considering I wrote just over 8,900 of those words on the last day. But I was (and I am), and now it’s time to let that piece sit until perhaps the new year before I see what more can be done with it. But enough about NaNoWriMo, at least for now, as I find any attempts to write a blog post about it is effectively stonewalled in my mind. I think my brain is done trying to string words together for it in any sort of context. I can’t say I blame it, either.

Now that it’s December, my thoughts (and iPod playlists) turn to Christmas-themed things. Yesterday I spent the late afternoon/early evening pulling out Christmas decorations and I even made my first book Christmas tree (it turned out pretty well, too). Accompanying the decorating endeavours were some of my favourite Christmas albums:

The Christmas Sessions by MercyMe –  I enjoy the arrangements and vocals on two songs in particular: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Christmas Time is Here”, the latter of which segues nicely into . . .

A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio – I love the arrangements of all of these songs (even “My Little Drum”, which is saying something as “The Little Drummer Boy” is not a favourite song of mine). This album should be piped into all malls during the holiday shopping season as I think it would mellow everyone out quite nicely.

Fireplace Songs//Holiday Sampler from The Music Bed by various artists – Jamie of Jamie’s Rabbits linked up to this gem on her Facebook page, and I’m ever so glad that she did. One reason in particular is Perrin Lamb’s rendition of “’Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming”. I had forgotten that song had lyrics, so long has it been that I’ve only had an instrumental version of it on my iPod. Plus it’s not (at least for me) a “typical” Christmas album. Speaking of atypical, those who know me what’s coming next on my favourite Christmas album list . . .

Over the Hills and Everywhere by Seabird – Love, love, love this 7-song EP for the simple fact this band took some well-known Christmas songs and turned them on their ear melodically. If you have yet to check it out, you really should listen to a sampling of the songs on Amazon. I think you'll be glad that you did.

What albums or songs do you hit “play/repeat” on during the holiday season?

*Photo Credit: photosteve101 © 2011 (Flickr via Creative Commons)

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