Last year I discovered Mindy Smith’s amazing Christmas album, My Holiday, and played it over and over until January. I loved it most for being fresh and original tracks sung by one of my favorite artists. I’m trying to find new songs or fresh intereprations for this Christmas season also. Here’s the playlist I’ve found so far that’s worth taking a listen to. Enjoy!
- Celtic Woman – Christmas Album
- “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs
- “The Heartache Can Wait” by Brandi Carlile on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs
- “All My Bells Are Ringing” by Lenka on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs
- “Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song)” by Meiko on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs
- “Winter Wonderland” by Kate Havnevik on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs
- “The Christmas Song” by Catherine Feeny on The Hotel Café Presents Winter Songs
- “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by Enya on And Winter Came
- “And Winter Came” by Enya on And Winter Came
- “The Spirit of Christmas Past” by Enya on And Winter Came
- “Last Time By Moonlight” by Enya on And Winter Came
- “White Is In the Winter Night” by Enya on And Winter Came
- “White Christmas” by Michael Bublé on Let It Snow!
- “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Michael Bublé on Let It Snow!
- “Grown-Up Christmas List” by Michael Bublé on Let It Snow!
- “The Christmas Song” by Michael Bublé on Let It Snow!
- “Some Children See Him” by James Taylor on James Taylor At Christmas
- “In the Bleak Midwinter” by James Taylor on James Taylor At Christmas
- “River” by Sarah McLachlan on Wintersong
- “Wintersong” by Sarah McLachlan on Wintersong
- “What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)” by Sarah McLachlan on Wintersong
- “Song for a Winter’s Night” by Sarah McLachlan on Wintersong
- “That’s What I Want for Christmas” by Jessie Baylin on That’s What I Want for Christmas
- “Christmas Time Is Here” by Diana Krall on Christmas Songs
- “Glorious” by Melissa Etheridge on A New Thought for Christmas
- “Christmas In America” by Melissa Etheridge on A New Thought for Christmas
- “Light a Light” by Melissa Etheridge on A New Thought for Christmas
- “Mistletoe” by Colbie Caillat on Mistletoe – Single
If I were to go back and download the full album from any of these, it would definately be Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong, Enya’s And Winter Came, and Melissa Etheridge’s A New Thought for Christmas.
Ok, so I’ve been gone for awhile. I’d say it’s been hard getting back on the horse after so long, but I just haven’t felt much like blogging. I’ve been a little busy I guess. It seems like getting things rolling with my job after the holidays is a bit like pushing a freight train up a hill. So I’ve been focused on work but still feel like I haven’t gotten back in my groove yet.
I haven’t been reading at all for a couple months. I am very excited about the arrival of Deepak Chopra’s newest book, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore. It will be released February 19th. Mine is pre-ordered with Amazon. The basic premise of the book, as I understand Deepak’s description from his Sirius Stars radio show, is that the first Jesus was the historical Jesus who actually lived, which is fairly elusive to our grasp. Then there is the second Jesus, the one who has grown out of centuries of tradition and cultural bias and perhaps a largely mythical persona. The third Jesus would be the one we try to return to that speaks to us in our present reality with truths and grace that transcend dogma and religion. Let’s be honest folks, the church has effectively hijacked Jesus and twisted his words and intentions into a convaluted mess to promote an agenda of control through fear. Anyway, I’ll be blogging about the book quite a bit once I get started.
The bulk of my time has been spent at home with my family. The kids are growing and have been a lot of fun, all in all. I’ve enjoyed spending more time with my wife. We had a good Christmas. We came away with the resolve that next year it will not be about everyone else and will focus on our own little nuclear family. Things just seemed to get out of hand with buying stuff for everyone. By the time you get a ‘little something’ for everyone, it turns out to be a ‘big something’ in the wallet. It’s not reciprocated, and I seriously question that grown adults need someone to buy them something that they may not want that they could not better buy for themselves. Anyway, that’s my rant on Christmas gift-giving.
I have spent an inordinary amount of time on my newest addiction, World of Warcraft. It’s one of those Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG) you may have heard about. No doubt the most popular one. A high school friend of mine has been playing since 1999 and told me about it on more than occasion. I was always intimidated and never checked it out. My friend and I were working in North Mississippi in December, when a WoW South Park episode came on. It was hysterically funny and inspired me to try the free trial version of the game. Like I said, I’m hooked. That’s why I haven’t been reading or blogging. LOL. I’ve learned a lot and had a lot of fun. My six year old loves to watch me play and could probably take over my character should something happen to me. For you WoW buffs I’m playing as a Night Elf Druid and have made it up to level 55 since mid-December. Yah! It’s a definate indulgence, but it keeps me out of mischief.
The other passion that I’ve been enthralled with is presidential politics. I am a news junkie. Until recently I haven’t liked any of the candidates, but I love the process. It’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I’ll probably be blogging more about presidential politics in the future. I just didn’t want my first blog of 2008 to be a political one. Talk to you soon.