Wednesday, December 16, 2009

All I Want For Christmas . . .

By Joe Moore

Last week I posted a blog about listening to music while writing, particularly motion picture scores. It works for me, and judging by the comments, many others like to use music when they write, too. Music is an amazingly powerful force in the world and can add to your memories of special times—there’s that tune from your first date, or the one you danced to as a newlywed on your wedding day. And so many countless other occasions.

One of the times of year I look forward to most is the Christmas season. And a big reason is, I love Christmas music. It must be playing throughout our house while we put up our decorations. And on Christmas day, it is nonstop in every room. There are so many great Holiday tunes to choose from; whether your tastes lean toward the traditional religious songs or the commercial pop hits, they all paint a warm and happy time of year.

My favorite has always been I’ll Be Home For Christmas, a poignant, emotional tune that never fails to bring back memories of a Christmas past with (hopefully) fond memories. It’s a short story with a surprise ending perfectly written for maximum impact.

From the Rock era, there are hundreds of great tunes, but few can get you smiling and moving like All I Want For Christmas Is You. And there’s no one that can belt it out better than the grand diva herself, Mariah Carey. So take a short break from what you’re doing, sit back and let Ms. C entertain you. If you’re not smiling by the time it’s over, check your pulse for vital signs.

Since TKZ will be on vacation from December 21 through January 3, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you next year.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post, Joe. My favorite is Judy Garland's rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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  2. Starchoice has a specific channel that plays all our old favourites. My husband, grandma, and I listen to it while we prepare for Christmas. I'm baking, Grandma's wrapping gifts, and DH is getting in wood and cleaning the driveway, walkways, and deck. The house filled with Carols feels magical.

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  3. Great choice, Jim.

    Joylene, your house sounds like my kind of place. Thanks for dropping by, and Merry Christmas.

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  4. For me it's Bing doing White Christmas. As a kid my family split up and we left Alaska to live in Ohio where it was cold and wet and miserable but seldom snowy for Christmas. I yearned to return home where it is always a white Christmas so that song hit me in the ticker every time....that and almost anything done on bag pipes.

    Uh oh...I think I'm headed into a melancholy funk, better change the music channel.

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  5. That's a great one, too, Kathryn.

    Basil, I recently read that the two most requested Christmas tunes on the radio were Crosby's WHITE CHRISTMAS and Carey's ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. So I guess it's you and me calling in a lot.

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  6. Just noticed the wreath on Kill ZOne. Love it. Will miss you guys over the break. Stay warm.

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  7. I love Christmas music! All of it, all the time. Any one else remember Lynn Anderson's "Ding-a-ling the Christmas Bell"? I took that vinyl LP (telling my age now!) to my first grade Christmas party back in the '70s. Also love any version of "Away in a Manger". But two of my favorites are "Feliz Navidad" and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." That last one just cracks me up for some reason!

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  9. Thanks for the post! I think Christmas songs are amazing! And I adore All I want for Christmas! It makes me remember all the childhood memories! Though in childhood I had to do all by myself, luckily now I have custom paper writing!

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  10. Thanks for the post! I think Christmas songs are amazing! And I adore All I want for Christmas! It makes me remember all the childhood memories! Though in childhood I had to do all by myself, luckily now I have custom paper writing.

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