Day 12: Beautifully, Moving, A Capella Music from Pentatonix

This group sings "The Little Drummer Boy" a capello. They took me by surprise and moved me to tears as I listened to their strong, stirring voices.  Pentatonix's music is pure gift, a gift sung from their hearts, for the hearts of their listeners. ...more

Sounds of the Season

Where I live, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving or Halloween (although some people are trying to make it an event), so there aren’t demarcations between those celebrations and Christmas. We do, however, have an Independence holiday on the first day of November - and the day after that, the radio station that I listen to all day began to play Christmas music....more

It's Beginning to Sound a Lot Like Christmas Already!

In six short days, a war is going to break out in my otherwise (somewhat) peaceful household. November 1 starts the annual “War of the Christmas Music.” ...more
I love Christmas music too, and agree that it just gives me the warm fuzzies. And if I might ...more

Christmas Music: Love It or Hate It?

I woke up one morning early in November and felt some weird desire to listen to Christmas music. It scared me. I tweeted it, hoping to release the desire into the world and have it disappear. Didn't work. I have never hated Christmas music but I have been known to rant about radio stations that switch to holiday music programming that lasts for weeks on end. And, I've also been known to rant about hearing the same canned Christmas music in store after store after store....more
I love listening to Christmas music. I do switch between 2 local stations that play Christmas ...more

My Top (And Bottom) Ten Christmas Songs of All-Time

As I was driving this evening, quite literally, through the holiday bustle, listening to the holiday music channel on my satellite radio, I started to daydream. Don’t worry –- I stayed in my lane. But I got to thinking about all the Christmas songs I love, and, conversely, the songs for which I don’t have quite as much cheer....more
I love Christmas traditions. Little drummer boy gets my vote. My childhood Christmas memories ...more

"Christmas Pipes" - A Half-Century of Top Female Christmas Recordings

When my mind drifts to Christmas music, I'll frequently hear Bing Crosby crooning, Nat King Cole smoothly balladeering, or perhaps Mark Lowrey's "Mary Did You Know."But when I focus my thoughts on what female artists have contributed to the Christmas recording repertoire this past half-century, I'm truly amazed.I've decided to open up a discussion about the most influential, powerful or classic female Christmas recordings. Below are my selections of true difference makers in the Christmas recording world. There are sixteen in all....more
@RedDirtKelly That was a good article.. You too :)more

12 Days of Albums: Music to Carry You Through the Holidays

Listening to great music always boosts my mood–and my productivity. Here are my picks for the best albums for wrapping Christmas presents:  12 DAYS OF ALBUMS: ...more
There are so many wonderful Christmas albums, but my almighty utmost favorite has to be The ...more

Five on Friday - Christmas Girls

My friend Travis over at Trav's Thoughts does this fun meme with Five Songs on Friday. It's fun and easy to play. Head over there and see what it's all about. This week my set is dedicated to women singing secular Christmas (or Winter) songs. As I've looked over many of my song lists, I don't have a lot of women represented. And the women that I do have often have been because I specifically wanted to have some diversity. (What can I say? I'm a woman that likes to be serenaded by a man. :D) ...more

World Peace

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Making CDs for your family sounds like a fun tradition. :)more

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Well, the weather is forecast to be frightful starting tomorrow., but if you know me at all, you know that I have no faith in weather forecasters. (Sorry Deb! lol)...more