Monday, November 14, 2011

Christmas Music Rebellion

Tonight I am playing my pre-Christmas music.  Or maybe my "soft" Christmas music (in a soft commitment kind of way).  I sort of consider this playlist a general winter song track.  It's the kind of music that I don't remember exists until around the end of October when there begins to be a chill in the air.  In fact, it's very possible that the desire to listen to this playlist is triggered by the sight of snow.  My current presence in Arizona makes my listening to this music unlikely, then, but there was a bit of snow dusting the mountain tops in Utah when I was there a few weeks ago.  That was probably it.

There are three cds that fit in this category of pre-Christmas.  Two are Windham Hills celtic Christmas cds.  Some of the songs are blatantly Christmasy and lots of others aren't...or at least, they aren't American Christmas songs.  I have a feeling that my dad loved the flute/harp/guitar combos and played these discs a lot when I was growing up - especially in the evenings while we all cozied up in our warm Minnesota house and watched the snow fall on the trees in our backyard.  That's the image that comes to mind every time I hear one of the songs.  It's an incredibly peaceful memory.

The third disc was a newer addition to the playlist.  It's the Little Women soundtrack, which is without doubt my favorite soundtrack of all time.  The music is brilliant, and there is something so very wintry about it too.  Unfortunately, I don't actually own that cd (I purchased the other two over various winters away at college).  I have to hit YouTube each time I want my Little Women pre-Christmas fix.

Having three "soft"-Christmas cds is my little Christmas music rebellion.  It allows me to judiciously uphold the no-Christmas-until-after-Thanksgiving rule.  And it allows an outlet for my post-Christmas sorrow even after the decorations have been packed away.  It's the perfect solution to my heart's desire for an extended Christmas season.

Of course, last year it wasn't necessary to stick strictly to my pre-Christmas music pre-Thanksgiving.  After all, there wasn't actually a Thanksgiving to stand sentinel before the Christmas season.  The rest of England busted out Christmas at the beginning of November.  When in Rome, right? ;)    

1 comment:

Dave said...

I am personally having a rebellion. It is against terrible Celtic non-Christmas music.

Amy plays this stuff and says it is 'cool.' Lots of weird foreign braying with funky pipe, strings, etc. I have encountered such obsessions before - usually in the form of strange high schoolers who love Korean pop music or some such. Ugh!

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