Holiday Song of the Week (Revisited)

Holiday Song of the Week (Revisited)

Remember yesterday’s saga at the doctor’s office?  Well thankfully today wasn’t a repeat experience.  I was very calm and very quiet during the whole two hours of eye tests this morning, but it was hard to ignore my hunger and incredible need to actually see.  The waiting time between tests was prime writing time, but since my eyes were dilated, it was no use.  Besides, having someone poke around my eyes makes me nervous anyway.  I probably would’ve ended up writing junk anyway.

I wasn’t fit for writing (or reading) until this afternoon around 3:00 pm, but I had to work.  Guess what my priority task was for today?  Writing.  I should’ve been happy about it, right?  I love to write, right?  But I wanted to work on my own stuff.  Nevertheless, I turned my attention away from myself and put my best effort into writing a nomination for a national award for several members in my program.  It’s an honor to be able to recognize their work, and I did my very best.  I did.  Really.  Almost all of my creativity was spent on this task, leaving little time (it’s after 8:00 pm here) and little energy for climbing Mount 1667 and then sprinting through another post before midnight.

I was about to throw it in on the post for today and simply focus on the novel, but I received a thoughtful comment from a reader (shout out to Delighted) that gave me the perfect idea.  It’s cheating a little, but hey, surely you can understand that I’m desperate right now.  After reading my recent post about holiday music, Delighted asked me to share two of my favorite holiday songs.  I posted my reply and now I’m following up with this post I did around this time last year.  So this is for Delighted.

Enjoy…

Re-post from 11/3/12

I’ve been caught up with doctor appointments, end-of-year tasks at work, and my usual daily routine lately.  Admittedly, I’ve been showing signs of burnout.  Still, at the strangest times, this little melody has been finding its way to me.  A few notes hummed just loud enough for me to hear while going about my business in the office or on my commute have been enough to bring a smile to my face.  By the time I’ve made it home, my humming has grown into a full blown concert on most days.  Take a listen to LeAnn Rimes and be reminded to never underestimate the healing powers of the music you love.

Holiday Song of the Week:  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Feels Like:  spontaneous smiling all day long

Sounds Like:  a yellow sunrise

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Holiday Song of the Week

Holiday Song of the Week

I’ve been caught up with doctor appointments, end-of-year tasks at work, and my usual daily routine lately.  Admittedly, I’ve been showing signs of burnout.  Still, at the strangest times, this little melody has been finding its way to me.  A few notes hummed just loud enough for me to hear while going about my business in the office or on my commute have been enough to bring a smile to my face.  By the time I’ve made it home, my humming has grown into a full blown concert on most days.  Take a listen to LeAnn Rimes and be reminded to never underestimate the healing powers of the music you love.

Holiday Song of the Week:  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Feels Like:  spontaneous smiling all day long

Sounds Like:  a yellow sunrise

Holiday Song of the Week

Holiday Song of the Week

One day rain but the next day we awaken to the sun shining like we’re still in the summer season.  It’s difficult to know what tomorrow will bring.  I’ve discovered that it’s best not to worry about it too much.  Instead, for now, this moment is ours to share.  Mariah Carey and John Legend remind us that whatever good we possess—our talents, our knowledge, our wealth—is not for us to keep to ourselves.  We must learn to give it away to those in need and to those we love.

Holiday Song of the Week:  “When Christmas Comes”

Feels Like:  simpler times, family reunions from long ago

Sounds Like:  a little sweet, a little spicy, a little lovely

Holiday Song of the Week

Holiday Song of the Week

A weekend in the kitchen at this time of year is best experienced with the sounds of holiday music swirling around mixing with spices.  Trust me.  If you sing a few holiday favorites while you cook, the joy you feel will fill all that you touch.  An apple blueberry pie and dark chocolate cupcakes topped with blueberry cream frosting, fresh blueberries and half a strawberry (just because) are my proof that the right music can turn ordinary into amazing.  I have the feeling that everything I bake this season will be perfect—like Marvin Gaye on repeat.

Holiday Song of the Week:  “I Want to Come Home for Christmas”

Feels Like:  burning hope for better tomorrows

Sounds Like:  widest deepest highest love

Holiday Song of the Week

Holiday Song of the Week

Cool, rainy weather helped to make the first day of my holiday season just right.  I chose to open this special time of year with the near mystical voices of Joni Mitchell and Corinne Bailey Rae.

Holiday Song of the Week:  “River”

Feels Like:  a distant memory finding its way back home

Sounds Like:  the purest note in a wide open space