Christmastime is Here (Not Really, but It’s Getting Closer….)
The tail-end of 2014 has turned into a bit of a rough patch around here,as we are suffering from my Mom’s death in October. Getting myself into a good mood and keeping it there hasn’t exactly been easy, but I’m trying. With the holidays rapidly approaching, I find myself wondering if I’m going to find the holiday spirit at all this year. Mom was probably the main reason I love this time of the year so much, and her not being here is going to make things tough. But life goes on, and I’m going to try to persevere and not let myself get too down. Easier said than done, right?
One of the things I’ve loved doing the last 12 years (TWELVE YEARS? WOW.) has been putting together a mix of Christmas music for friends and family. With the glut of really horrible holiday “popular” music clogging up the radio airwaves, I long ago got sick and tired of the same crappy songs being played over and over. Working for several years in a retail environment only made it worse, being subjected to those same crappy songs all frickin’ day long. I swear, if I hear Mariah Carey warbling that god-awful All I Want For Christmas is You, I’m going to choke somebody. My antidote to this was to search out Christmas music that DOESN’T get overplayed….the forgotten songs, the never-heard songs, the downright painful to listen-to songs. The more out-there, the better. What better way to celebrate my love for all this strangeness than to burn them to CDs and mail them to unsuspecting loved ones? I know, right? It’s perfect. Besides, my annual search for the weirdest, most obscure holiday music I can find is something that brings me joy. Without music, life is a cold, dark place. Without cheeseball Christmas music, the holidays are equally cold and dark. At least for me.
I’m not the first, and I won’t be the last, to throw together Christmas mixes each year; in fact, there’s a sort of subculture that revolves around this kind of thing. You might call it a sickness, I call it a weird hobby. I’ll have more about this in a future post.
Anyway…. I’ve been having trouble getting in the mood for assembling a holiday CD this year. I had a mix put together, but I just wasn’t feeling it. But doggone it, I can’t just throw in the towel now and give up. So over the last couple of days, I’ve forced myself to listen to Christmas music, to come up with some kind of a theme for this year. (There’s a theme to these mixes most years.) And I think I’ve come up with something. And I think it’s going to be good. (Good meaning good, or good meaning bad? It could go either way.) Until the time comes to unleash this thing on those lucky (unlucky?) enough to actually receive a CD in the mail, I’ll tease you with this, one of the tracks from this years’ mix, to get YOU in the mood:
And if you’re already tired of the Christmas dreck on the radio, here’s one of last years’ mixes to pollute your eardrums:
And there’s more online versions of past mixes here. Follow me! It’ll be fun!!