Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away?
I may be breaking my own record... Earliest Playing of Christmas Tunes. I like to say I am strictly a post-Thanksgiving Christmas music player, but I know I have stuffed a few turkeys, while singing along with Mitch. But before Halloween? "Silver Bells," "Sleigh Ride," "Christmas Island?" In October?
It started innocently enough, I think. I was assembling an autumn playlist... tunes to groove to when I want to evoke the gentle mood of cool evenings, reflection, anticipation and thankfulness. Naturally this calls for some Nat King Cole: "Autumn Leaves" and even "Mona Lisa." I love "Robin and Marian" a Nickel Creek tune. There is something warm and seasonal about "The Muffin Man" when sung by Ella Fitzgerald. I added some Stevie Wonder, then Elizabeth Mitchell, Bob Marley; all upbeat, homey, cheering, and I was really loving the idea of reveling in all of this happy music, when I realized that in the midst of autumnal gratitude and anticipation there is one thing I will be anticipating above all...
"Over The River and Through The Woods" will get you to grandma's and through Thanksgiving, but an early snow can bring a "Sleigh Ride"... giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up let's go! Then you want to "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!", which is what led me to singing along with Amy Grant, "Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away."
I am laughing out loud... lay down a little snow and autumn is a slippery slope to a "Winter Wonderland!" Now I want to Hark the Herald, and Wonder as I Wander. Gloria!
Well, if music and anticipation, reflection and gratitude are the best of this season, then I am in luck, because there are plenty of days left to enjoy all of these! Merry Christmas to all, and 3 months to sing along!