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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

i love christmas music...

Yes, it's true, and I'm not ashamed to admit it... I love Christmas music. I bring it all out the day after Thanksgiving, and play it non-stop until Christmas Day. I'd start sooner, but Rick has a little something to say about it... a little.

We have a pretty good collection now. Everything from Dean Martin and Bing Crosby to Diana Krall and James Taylor. We have local New Mexico Christmas CDs, lots of Orchestral Stuff, the Vienna Boy's Choir, and even some more neutral "Solstice Music" for when we get tired of all the jingle jingle.

But my all time favorite is the one I grew up with. Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. I adore their silly, jazzy versions of Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Twas the Night Before Christmas. Mom had the record when we were kids. Some years later, my sister held a microphone up to the stereo and recorded it to a cassette tape - skips and all. Later, my son took that tape and transferred it to CD, so we all have copies of it now, in all it's skippy, scratchy glory. My kids love it too, because I made good and sure it became part of their childhood.

For some reason, this morning I decided to go looking for a clean new copy of it on CD. I look every year, mostly because I want to know I can replace it if I ever lose it. I've never found the album Mom had, but today I did find the one pictured above, with all the favorite old songs, plus a lot of others I don't have yet. What excitement! Oh Jolly Joy!

I ordered it, of course. I hope it gets here soon. I want lots of time to play it over and over while I make beads. Jolly Jingle Beads... ah, I wonder how I can make the beads jingle...


Anonymous said...

Yay! Another Christmas music fiend! I love it, too, but some people are ready to kill me already because I've been playing Christmas stuff - NOT non-stop. I DO try to be considerate, but I figure that we don't listen to it 11 months of the year so I don't need to feel TOO badly about it.


Norine said...

I am so glad you got a remastered CD. They have improved much since the early "cartoons". Yeah, my insurance agent was giving out Christmas gifts a couple of days ago, and yes, I chose a (another) Christmas CD. Last year a friend got me the complete set of Manheim Steamroller's. One cannot have too many.

Jingles are the best. I have a strap of mellow brass bells on the inside of my front door year round - of course so I can tell when people are coming and going - that's my story and I'm sticking to it :~). Norine

Anonymous said...

For those of you that use iTunes -you can find some of Fred Warings songs out there for download. Load 'em on your iPod and take them with you wherever your Christmas travels may take you.