I think it’s time for a new post, and this is all I could come up with. Today has been a day where, quite literally, everything has slipped through my hands. A pot of boiling fudge (which did not set and I can’t figure out why- also: way fun cleaning burnt sugar off the stove. Ugh.), a large knife, the opportunity to connect with someone, plans for shopping, and I also had to update my operating system and reboot some devices. It’s not like my life imploded, but it was just one of those days where there was a theme, and the theme was not good.
So, tonight I am sitting on the couch, trying to recall the good from this week. A lunch invitation from a flirt at the battery store (it’s nice to know you still got it sometimes!). The non-setting fudge still tastes pretty good. Rediscovering “7” by Prince and the New Power Generation- I forgot how damn cool that song is. Dancing my ass off to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” while I made dinner (there is now teriyaki sauce on the cupboard door- whoops!). This warm cup of vanilla and rooibos tea next to me. Sleeping in this morning. And Christmas music.
With that, I shall commence sharing with you my List of Unsung Heroes of Christmas Music. Or, rather, Songs I Like But No One Else Does. Here you go:
Christmas Wrapping | The Waitresses
Listen, from one perspective, this is total cheese. But I don’t care. I love it. I have since the first time I heard it. It’s endearing and honest and fun and I listen to it about 12 times over the holidays.
Stop the Cavalry | The Cory Band
I dig this song because it sounds like something from the Trans Siberian Orchestra (all Christmas-y), but it’s actually a war protest song. Love.
Celebrate Me Home | Kenny Loggins
When I get down about being away from Seattle during the holidays, this song expresses what I feel.
Auld Lang Syne | Dan Fogelberg
The older I get, the better I understand, and empathize with, this song. It’s lovely. And true.
Christmas Is Coming | John Denver and the Muppets
I love this whole album, but I especially love this exchange between Miss Piggy and Grover:
Miss P: “Piggy pudding? Did they say, ‘piggy??’ ”
Grover: “No, it’s ‘figgy.’ It’s made with figs…”
Miss P: “Oh, okay!”
Grover: “…and bacon.”
Miss P: “…what?!?”
The Best Christmas | Christopher Cross
I love this still, but it was especially poignant when my kids were small.
Wintersong | Sarah McLachlan
This is for the grief that comes with the holidays. The people we can’t be with (for whatever reason) even if we want to. It is a reminder to think of them at their best and happiest. If I need to cry, this is the song.
As a former Christian, this time of year still feels a tiny bit weird. I remember when I really believed deeply that this holiday was about the birth of the Christ-child. It seems silly now, but that’s just spiritual growth for ya. (I still think Christianity is plenty useful for some folks, just not for me.) And I return to traditional songs like “Joy to the World,” “O, Holy Night,” and “Carol of the Bells” during this time as well. I wouldn’t be where I am today without that part of the journey, but it is like looking at an old photo of myself- I know I’ve changed and it’s not who I am anymore.
One thing I love is how music can transport us to any place in our life in just a moment. It makes time travelers of us all, which is kind of cool. I hope your holiday memories are sweet, this year and always.
Big love and going to bed,
Joanna :: xoxo