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My Favorite Holiday Music

I love Christmas holidays and I especially love the music that you hear a lot more of during the season.  (Yes, I really am a music-lover!)  While many songs are religion-based, there are also many that are non-denominational cheerful carols you can sing to bring uplifting spirits to everyone around you.  Who doesn’t get their winter blues chased away after listening to timeless classics like “Jingle Bells” or “Frosty the Snowman?” What about the humorous classics “I’m Getting Nuttin’ For Christmas?” and “All I Want For Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth”?

When you take a moment to really try and take away the stress of modern day-to-day living, take away the cynicism of non-conformists, and take away the negativity of those who simply can’t stand to see others in celebration around them, you can feel the true meaning of “holiday spirit”. Remember – that’s the lesson that the Grinch learned after he tried to steal Christmas away from everyone in Whoville?

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

There’s so much variety in holiday music today that a music lover like me can have a favorite in almost every genre. When it comes to children’s holiday music, I really love the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas(TM). Perhaps those of you who enjoyed the cartoons of the 70s can remember the scene where Schroeder plays the piano and everyone is dancing happily around him. That was just so fun to watch – even as I grew up!

When it comes to religious holiday music, I really love “What Child Is This?” because it’s so endearing and mellowing. I love it sung acapella and I love it even when it’s played instrumentally. I can even play it on the piano!

Rock musicians have also created some pretty good holiday music or recorded timeless classics which they’ve adapted to their styles. My personal favorite holiday music from the rock music category would have to be the Band Aid tune “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which was recorded as part of a huge fundraising effort by the musicians involved. That song always gives me goosebumps, reminding me that there are less fortunate people out there that need help. We – the more fortunate ones – should never forget that because life could’ve been the other way around and we could be the ones needing help.

There’s also a genre of music that has become very popular with the coming of the Trans Siberian Orchestra (TSO for short). It’s called the rock opera. If you haven’t already heard them, you really should. So I’m posting a YouTube video of TSO performing my favorite TSO tune called “Christmas Eve Sarajevo”. The music totally rocks!

Happy New Year!

Have a great day and wonderful New Year 🙂

It has definitely been a different year for everyone but I think the changes that came about at the end of the year were the best thing that could have happened to me but not just in my life but in our nation as a whole.

Houses are starting to sell in our area again, construction has picked up and some real estate friends have sold more houses in the last couple of moths then all year. If this is the outlook for 2010 then I’m happy!

I think if the media stopped telling everyone to be scared and how bad it is and the government would do a bit better in helping small business we would have a great 2010.

There are so many people who are a drain on our economy that do not deserve to be getting assistance they just know how to work the system… Driving around in their nice new cars, living in a nice big house and getting welfare, food stamps and public assistance they should be ashamed taking from the people who really need help 🙁 But I guess in their own minds they feel why shouldn’t they… Well it’s wrong! If all the companies who receive claims for insurance would just investigate a bit more and not just accept what is given to them our rates might not be as high and if the welfare dept would do the same we would be able to help more people in need not the ones knocking down a ton of cash and working the system.

I hope this year brings change to all the mess and this country, our county, and the big companies wise up and smell the roses and put the money in the hands of the people in need not the greedy.

I wish all of you the best and most prosperous new year