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    It’s time for Christmas songs!

    Sunday, November 29th, 2009

    Well, Thanksgiving is over, which means the Christmas tree is up, and the Christmas music is back on the play list.

    I grew up in a Christmas music loving family – my mom finally had to institute a rule that the music couldn’t come out until July 1. Yes, you read that right.  She didn’t, however, ever give a date that we had to STOP the music, so we ended up dragging that out until at least the end of January.  I have a few Christmas songs that I listen to year round, but for the most part I keep them for the Christmas season, as a special treat.

    So today I went through and created two play lists ; one of Santa type Christmas songs (a whole 76 of them) , the other of more spiritual songs (keeping the lead at 86).  And as I made the lists, I couldn’t help but listen to some. So here, for you, are some of my favorite Christmas songs, some are admittedly cheesy, but I love them, and I bet you secretly do too.

    Christina Aguilera singing Oh Holy Night

    and with a completely different take on the song, Tracy Chapman singing O Holy Night

    Sting singing Gabriel’s Message

    Christmas by Blues Traveler

    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) sung by U2 (Seriously, this song starts and I start grinning.)

    And now the cheese: Do They Know It’s Christmas? That link is to the concert version, which I’d never seen until today. But I link to it because 1) David Bowie starts off the song, and hello, David Bowie. 2) Everyone in it is just so freakin’ adorable. I think I just renewed about 15 old crushes. But here’s the original if you want to watch that instead.

    There are plenty more, but I’ll stop for now.

    I’m always looking for more great songs, so please, share with us your favorite songs, your favorite versions.  Link to them if you like, or just list them.

    Sing, sing a song

    Friday, September 4th, 2009

    We listen to a lot of music in our house. I have the tendency to listen to favorite songs over and over and over, and Z is developing the same proclivity, as well as the two note recognition of songs that comes with it.  I try to pick songs that will uplift the spirit of our home and bring us joy.    Sometimes they’re silly (Go Speed Racer Go by Ali Dee and the Dekompressors is played more in my home and car than I care to admit), and sometimes they have a message that I hope insinuates itself into my children’s hearts and minds.  (Kiki Kangaroo by Steve Weeks is on repeat at my house, as I believe it should be in all homes with young girls- and young boys too.)

    And then there are the thing that I learn.

    Your children are not your children, they are the sons and the daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you, but they are not from you, and though they are with you, they belong not to you.”

    Why do we seek out ecstasy in all the wrong places? Why is it hard to see that heaven can have simpler faces?”

    There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made, No one you can save that can’t be save, Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time

    So I say to myself, remember this, kindness begins with me.”

    There is beauty all around when there’s love at home

    “If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds, and that old north wind should begin to blow, keep your head together and call my name out loud, and soon I will be knocking upon your door.”

    The errand of angels is given to women

    Say what you mean, and mean what you say, the price of a broken heart’s too much to pay”

    “Rebuild the void with flowers, Sad eyed destruction built around sand and sea. Yes you can build yourself, Build yourself around me yourself around me

    If you’re happy and you know it, then your face should surely show it.”

    Lessons about friendship, motherhood, love.  Words that have come through my ears and are written on my heart.

    What have you learned about nurturing from music? What songs build up your resolve to do better?