Jillian here. I promise I had my idea for this post before I saw Lavada’s Elvis song. 🙂 I thought I’d share some links to some of my favorite Christmas songs.
My all time favorite is Do you Hear What I Hear by Bing Crosby
Michael Crawford (the original Phantom of the Opera) has a fab Christmas album. My two favs on there are Mary Did You Know and Strange Way to Save the World. The second one always makes me tear up.
Harry Belafonte’s Mary’s Boy Child is another one I love.
A bouncier song is Vince Vance and the Valiants All I Want for Christmas is You – It is def not the Mariah version and I like it much better.
I adore the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Their song, Dream Child is one I listen to over and over. I could only find a live version of it, so I am linking to the words as they are so beautiful.
Seth McFarlane can be vulgar in his comedy, but he does have a wonderful Christmas album. His gift for voices shines in the album songs.
What about you? What are some of your Favorites? And let me know if I screwed up any of the links! Happy December!
Posted in Christmas, Holidays, Inspiration, Jillian Chantal, Winter
Tagged Bing Crosby, Christmas, Christmas carols, Harry Belafonte, Jillian Chantal, Michael Crawfod, Songs, TSO, Vince Vance and Valiants
I thought it would be good to just write a fluff piece this month, so I hope you enjoy the lighter side!
I find it amazing how different my day is if I wake up with a song in my head. I have found out that there are mornings the song in my head is apropos to whatever I have to face that day, and other mornings it’s completely bizarre. For instance, one day last week the hymn You’ll Never Walk Alone played on an endless loop in my head all day, and that evening I found it to be a comfort. Some of you may recall, I have an elderly aunt with Alzheimer’s who I moved down to an assisted living residence near me after it was determined she could no longer live alone. This day, I went to see my Aunt Sis and she wasn’t able to use my name. This particular visit, she recognized me but was unable to tell one of the nurses there that I am her niece and that my name is Valerie. That evening, while we visited, she struggled to converse with me as well. So, on my way home while I was lamenting the fact that her Alzheimer’s is progressing, I once again could hear the lyrics to the hymn in my head, reminding me that neither my aunt nor I were walking through this storm alone.
Then there are those songs which seem to be replayed over and over simply to torture me! They have no relevance to anything going on in my life, but merely seem to be stuck there either because someone planted the song in my mind or I heard it on the radio and it got lodged there. For instance, not long ago the lyrics to I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas were playing in my mind as soon as my feet hit the floor one morning. At first I thought, “Cool, I really like this song.” Never mind that Christmas had long past and it was springtime. However, by mid morning I was like, “Get out! Get out! Get out!” I would hear myself singing it or humming it and those around me would frown and respond, “Thanks! Now it’s stuck in my head!”
I rather like when that happens because then I’m not alone in my madness!
Songs centered around a female name are generally complimentary and are usually popular. There is an older gentleman who frequently has business in my office. Instantly upon seeing me he breaks out into song, and the song he is singing is Valleri by The Monkees. He really belts it out, and I always, always smile or laugh and instantly feel my mood lighten. He’s been serenading me with this tune since 2007.
One day I asked him how come he never sang Valerie by Steve Winwood and he said because The Monkees’ tune was better. So, a debate ensued, but was never settled. He was just in my office a few days ago and still we have not reached a conclusive end to the debate. So, here are videos of both songs. Please have a listen and cast your vote and the reason for your vote. I’ll take my findings to work for the next time he serenades me!
Oh, and what’s the wackiest song you’ve had stuck in your head?
Until next time…may the song in your head brighten your day and lighten your mood.
Posted in Entertainment, Family, Valerie J. Patterson
Tagged Debate, humor, Hymns, Music, Songs, Steve Winwood, The Monkees, Valerie, Valerie J. Patterson, Valleri, Videos, Vote