Sounds Of The Season
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.” ~ Meredith Willson, “
Aside from writing, eating, being on the computer and Internet, chatting with friends and hanging out with my daughter and granddaughter, my other favourite thing to do is listen to music. What about you?
Being Jamaican, people often assume that Reggae is the only kind of music that I listen to or that it is my favourite type of music. That is not true. While I absolutely love the music of my island home, much of the nowadays music – dance hall – is not to my liking. Old school reggae – the music of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Sanchez, Luciano, Garnett Silk and the list could go on – is the type of Reggae that gets me really moving.
The radio in my vehicle is always on and at this time of the year, Christmas music is rocking the airwaves. I love the traditional music but there are some more modern, dance type Christmas songs that really gets you moving. Then there are the songs from the old school crooners that will never die no matter how many rappers there might be. Only yesterday I was reading a report that Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,” is one of the best selling songs to date.
Christmas Music At Its Best
What are some of your favourite Christmas music? Post the links to a couple in the comments below and share with the rest of us what is playing in your cars, offices and homes as we celebrate the season.
Keeping things on the lighter side today, here are a few of the songs that I must play several times throughout the season. The first is always on loop. It matters not to me who does it but this is my favourite version of an old classic – Carol Of The Bells:
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ― Calvin Coolidge
Nothing gets me dancing more this time of the year than this Jamaican classic. It played day in day out during my childhood into teen years. It is impossible to listen to this song and not tap your feet at least – and Let The Christmas Catch You In A Good Mood:
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale
Whatever your reason to celebrate the season, it is hard not to admit that in countries where Christmas is widely observed it tends to be The Most Wonderful Time of The Year. No one sings it better than Andy Williams:
Life Is Supposed To Be Fun
There was a friend of mine who did a glorious impression of the artist who sings the original version of the following song. It would not be Christmas for me if I did not listen to this one at least a couple of times for the season. It embodies everything “naughty” for some but for me it is plain hilarious – an invitation not to take life or anything too seriously.
This might be the shortest post ever published on this blog but I am too busy listening to Christmas music to do anything longer today. So closing with one of my Christmas favourites, let me ask you – what is playing in your homes, cars, grocery stores, wherever that has you in a good mood this season?
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Have a great day Tuesday and make sure to send Santa your list – it’s not too late!