I will never have enough, and can't narrow it down to ten favorites, but I'll put up the ones that have been getting early play.
You'd better listen to every.single.track! that I have included here. My lame and limping laptop won't play any youtube videos, which doesn't matter anyway because the sound went with the keyboard. I spent much time between iTunes (which I can't hear and kept crashing), my iPod (which is so small that I couldn't see anything and doesn't show all the info fast enough-scroll, scroll, scroll), my iPhone, Pete's iPad (where I would search for the video so that I could hear it) and my laptop (where I would search again so that I could cut and paste the code into my post) that if you all just skim this post and not listen to anything it will have been all a waste. So you WILL! LISTEN!
I really did try to keep it entertaining and left off some of my real faves in case they drive some of you crazy. You know, The Ray Conniff Singers (I LOVE THEM) and Johnny Mathis and one of my very favorites, Bing Crosby White Christmas. All throw backs to childhood Christmases that really bring the spirit in. I spared you those. (I know you really like them, though, deep down. Where it counts.)
The Manhattan Transfer The Christmas Album. My favorite. Hands down. This video is a pretty good sampling of the entire album. You'll want it after you listen.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie soundtrack. This song is one of my favorites (ignore the really lame video).
Eddie Higgins Trio. This is from Christmas Songs II, which I love equally as well as the first album.
The Ramsey Lewis Trio Sounds of Christmas. We wore the grooves out on this one, it was played often in our home when I was a wee child.
Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful Christmas.
Jane Monheit The Season.
Ella Wishes You A Swingin' Christmas. This is one of my favorite versions of this song and BONUS on the Rod Stewart album, they duet on this one. FABulous!
Yo-Yo Ma Songs of Joy and Peace. This one always makes my favorites list. This song is on my 'holiday running playlist". Yes. I have one of those.
So is this next song, but only if I want to run a lot faster. If you only listen to one song on this list, make it this one. You'll see why it makes a great running list tune.
Appalachian Christmas, Mark O'Connor and more.
A Winter's Solstice V. This is one of my absolute favorites for Christmas Eve or any quiet night leading up to Christmas.
2012. This doesn't even include any classical, like Rene Fleming's album or Rutter. I have so many Christmas albums. So! Many! Listen early, listen often is my motto starting Thanksgiving day.
Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby is the first new holiday album to land on my iPod this season, and I'll have to admit, I was very skeptical when I purchased it. But, I got it for a song (no pun intended, but it works anyway, doesn't it?) so I figured it was worth a listen. I put it on yesterday while Pete and I were hanging out at home and I love it! LOVE it. There are collaborations with fabulous artists and Stewart's voice just seems all velvety and warm and filled me with holiday spirit.
The great thing about Pandora is that I am introduced to so many artists that I might not be anywhere else in my life, the bad thing is I find a gem and need to get everything ever recorded by said gem. This was the case a few years ago when the Eddie Higgins Trio version of Sleigh Ride popped up. I immediately ordered that album and found there was another Christmas album recorded by them, but it was only available from Asian distributors. I managed to get it from one of them on ebay. They are amond my favorite holiday albums and I have a long Christmas season to listen to them!
Unfortunately Sleigh Ride doesn't appear to be available on YouTube. This is well worth listening to instead!
2012. Thirty. I KNOW! I'm a couple, few, some days behind on NaBloPoMo! My plan is to make it up by the end of the week and date the posts accordingly. It could happen....
Whoever came up with that phrase didn't live in a Catholic church-going home. The only easy Sundays we had occurred if we attended Saturday evening mass the day before. And then came home to hotdogs and baked beans. My mother did this thing with hotdogs that is so disgusting, but my mouth waters everytime I think of it. She would heat the hotdog (I suppose she did that first, but maybe not), slice it down the middle and fill it with Velveeta, then put it in a roll and pop it in the oven so the roll would toast a little and the cheese would melt all over it.
Anyway, there I go straight off the topic of Sunday morning being easy. I think we strive to make our Sundays easy when we can and we all have music we like to add to it. Mine is varied, but today, since I couldn't find the song by this group I wanted to share, I'll share this one.
While searching I found this video. I love this song.
This was the song I was looking for, but by New York Voices. Either way, I have fond memories of this song as a kid.
2012. Thirteen. I can dig it, dig it, dig it, you can dig it, dig it, we can dig it, dig it, dig it! Oh let's dig it! Can you dig it, baby!?
Some random thoughts that came to me over the day. Or days. Or this minute. Some with explanation, some not.
Actually, there may only be a thought or two.
Nineteen is old enough to know better.
Are people driving like crazed monsters lately?
I'm not even a slow driver, but if one more person tried to get intimate with my back side with his or her car I may have to take drastic action.
Then there are the people who cross the street in the dark, while it is raining, without looking, in heavy traffic.
Sorry, if you get hit I will feel badly for you, but still think you might have gotten what you deserved.
And this was in the middle of a block that actually had a street light about 50 yards away.
I didn't see this guy until I was right on top of him.
No, I didn't hit him.
It did cross my mind.
I just occurred to me that this post might be used against me if I accidentally do hit someone.
I promise, it will be an accident.
I hope, anyway.
And you know what really bugs me?
People in big cars, SUVs, trucks.
Say you are in a sedan and you are taking a right hand turn onto a road. You pull up to the intersection and have to wait, but in the meantime a big, honking vehicle pulls on your left intending to go straight across or make a left turn. Well. Now you can't see a single thing, and they aren't going anywhere because there is plenty of traffic in the far lane preventing them from turning, but you aren't going anywhere either because even though no traffic seems to be going in the right hand direction, you can't see and won't dare pull out.
I used to have van and I tried to be aware of that and let the person making that right see and then pull up.
Driving is stressful.
I rarely check my blog stats.
I did earlier this week and saw that I had more hits than usual and found that Margene had linked to me in her post.
I checked again today and someone must have linked to me again yesterday because I had a BUNCH more hits and I was too late to check my browsing history to find out who it was.
Was it you?
I get really irritated when I see an ad for some gorgeously dyed fiber or yarn or ravelry and race to click over to etsy.com or wherever that click takes me only to find out that there is nothing there to buy.
Then I get really happy that there was nothing there for me to buy.
Mostly I am irritated, though.
Back to those hits to my blog.
That's okay, I hardly ever comment on a blog anymore.
Not that I don't have plenty to say, but if you could see how I type.
How POORLY I type.
You might wonder why I write a blog where I have to type.
I wonder, too.
I love Mark O'Connor.
The other day as I was removing music from my iPod to make room for Christmas music I felt sad to temporarily delete his and wondered why he didn't have a Christmas album.
I've seen him in a small venue acoustic concert and he was fabulous.
It might just make a great birthday present to myself.
Here is a sample for your enjoyment.
I love Alison Krauss, too.
And I love when a new Christmas album mixes traditional Christmas music with not-so-traditional songs.
Here is a Christmasy song from the album with Jane Monheit.
2011. Sixty. $2.41. I have a lot of thoughts. And there are a lot of numbers in my posts. AND! I start sentences with the word and. AND! I know that is a no-no, but I'll be I keep doing it. AND, I probably should have saved some of the music sharing for different days, but I'll bet I can find plenty more.
I thought this would be fun. Seems like we've done something like this in the past, but no contest or anything, just for fun.
Ten random lyrics from ten random songs that I heard today while "scanning" on the radio.
I knew just what I would do, when I heard your song.
Some people It's a pity They go all their lives and never know How to love or to let love go But it's alright now We'll make it through this somehow
And though it's a part of the Lone Star State, people don't seem to care, They just keep on lookin' to the East
I'm quiet you know You make a first impression I've found I'm scared to know I'm always on your mind
Be yourself and stand your ground, Don't let anybody turn you 'round.
Well I had myself a dream the other night, when everything was still. I dreamed that I saw my girl Suzanne, she was coming around the hill.
Dream of better lives, the kind which never hates. Trapped in the state of imaginary grace.
Remember what we've said and done and felt About each other Oh babe, have mercy Don't let the past remind us of what we are not now I am not dreaming
I can't find, oh the right romantic line But see me once and see the way I feel Don't discard me just because you think I mean you harm But these cuts I have they need love to help them heal
Didn't I make you feel, like you were the only one, An' didn't I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can ? Honey, you know I did! And each time I tell myself that I, well I think I've had enough, But I'm gonna show you, baby, that a woman can be tough.
2010. Eighteen. In two+ hours of driving and scanning, I heard a lot of songs. Do you know how hard it was to come up with any of them, much less TEN! I kept thinking, "Oh yeah! I'll definitely remember THAT one." Right.
This is from my favorite Thanksgiving themed album. Oh, alright. As of this posting it is my only Thanksgiving album, but I'll likely get another, I haven't had a new one in years. This is what plays during our celebration. Maybe I'll share a selection as the week goes on.
This is also on the recording:
And you know how YouTube is, I got sucked into a linking coma, but this was good. Only sound and a black screen though. With a nice orange border, though. See? I dressed it up for you!
One hundred twenty. Or day TWENTY-ONE! This is awfully mellow of me. That's why I had to let it pick up a little at the end. Nothing like some good fiddle playin' to get the blood flowing.