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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Soundtrack to the Season

I really should get out of my funk....and I think, bit by bit, I am crawling out of that self-destructive hole of pitifullness.  Today, let's talk about my idealistic Christmas, and what role music plays in it.  No pun intended....

Growing up, I listened to Christmas carols played on a number of different record players.  The first that I remember was a huge console that took up half of the living room, or at least it seemed to in my infantile memory.  The sweet strains of Andy Williams' 'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year' seemed to envelope the entire house.  This continued through the moves to different states, the graduation of high school, and a mission for my church.  Twenty-three years of the same records, Andy Williams, Tammy Wynette, Ray Conniff and his singers, Johnny Mathis, these were the staples I remembered.  My mother would stack the records on the player where a disc would spin and drop into place.  Over and over again, one by one, until the stack would finish and someone had the job to turn it over.

Many activities were done to the sounds of the carols.  They would be the ambient music as dinner was prepared, play a central part of decorating the tree.  From the moment we awoke on Christmas morning, to when we retired that night, the records would make their rounds under the needle and scratchy music flooded the day.

After my return home from Uruguay, the records made their last appearance at our Christmas festivities.  They were well worn and the record player was on it's last spin.  I remember slipping the vinyl platters into the sleeves, and the musty smell that is akin to old books and well loved journals.  They didn't make another appearance again.  Technology was progressing, and we couldn't repair the old player any longer.

As I have my own family now, I have a few of the same albums, but digitally, purchased online and downloaded to my iTunes and synced to my iPod.  I've added a few of my own favorites along with the classics of my childhood, Sarah McLachlan, Bare Naked Ladies, and some favorite piano classics.  I have created the perfect Christmas playlist for my days, and it is the soundtrack to my season.

What is playing right now?  O Holy Night.  It is one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I have several versions, sung from Harry Conick Jr. or Josh Groban....the fact remains, it puts me in the mood for the spirit of the Holidays.

What are you listening to this Holiday season?

*Thanks to Google for the image*

5 Lovely Scribbles to Me:

One Cluttered Brain said...

I love music too! It always soothes my soul and gets me in the mood for further festivities..;)

L.T. Elliot said...

I love "Oh Holy Night" and I also love "What child is this?" and "Breath of Heaven." I have a huge Christmas playlist also and many of them are from my childhood. I'm glad they help you find your season--I feel the same way.

Terresa said...

Johnny Mathis, hey! I grew up listening to him, too!

We have some Enya (her wintery collection, forget the name) as well as random compiled playlists from my brother ranging from Harry Connick to Elvis to who knows who.

Nothing like music to swing us into the Christmas spirit!

2busy said...

Would you believe I haven't broken out my Christmas music yet? I can listen online at work to a local station that streams Christmas music. At home I love the sounds of Manheim Steamroller, and all the oldies.

wonder woman said...

The sounds of my childhood Christmases are those of Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Trisha Yearwood, and Mannheim Steamroller. Just about as eclectic of a mix as you can imagine!

I am currently listening to Pandora's "peaceful Christmas" station. LOVE IT. I also have a playlist on my blog that makes me very happy.

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