As the holidays approach, we’re all gearing up for family gatherings, shoveling driveways, traveling to and fro, potentially eating more than one should, and listening to our favorite seasonal music.
I’ve come to realize over the years just how powerful and influential music can be. It can convey and illicit all of our human emotions (often within a 5 minute time frame). If you’re sad, you can listen to a song and your mood is instantly lifted.
It also never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to day-dream while listening to a song. Not only can it lift (or deflate) your mood, but it can take you to another place and time.
As I write this post, I’m listening to Silver Bells by Bing Crosby and Trudy Erwin and, I gotta tell you, it’s putting me in a relaxed, joyful, and creative mood. It makes me want to go find a cozy fireplace, curl up with my family, and sip some hot chocolate…music is powerful. I’ve heard it said there is a song deep inside us all, and I believe it.
One of my favorite things to do is sit at the piano while my girls create their own music.
It usually starts like this: “Daddy can I play you a song?” My response is always, “Yes!” Their “songs” will forever be the most beautiful songs I could ever hear. It’s been quite exciting for me to see my daughters take an interest in music.
Millie, our youngest, is very animated and serious when it comes to listening to and singing along with music in the car. In fact, it’s often times hard to carry on a conversation with my wife because Millie will often shout, “Turn dat up” or “loudur” (you have to use your imagination with how a three-year-old talks). They are both learning at a young age that music can and will make you emote.
There are really so many different ways to enjoy listening to music. Besides sitting at the piano with my girls, I like to fire up our antique Victrola at this time of the year and listen to Christmas music.
I personally enjoy all vintage and antique items (they’re nostalgic and help us remember how far we’ve come). And, there’s just something great about the vintage sound…
Most of us here listen to Spotify or Pandora and we’ve been listening to a lot of Christmas tunes. I thought it’d be fun to share some of our office favorites below…
By the way, Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer (which had to be included) was disliked so much by one of our employee’s grandmother that she called into radio stations to yell at them for playing it.
I big thank you to everyone who gave their input for favorite Christmas songs! What are you listening to?