Posts Tagged ‘Christmas


Christmas is Coming

And now that it is after Thanksgiving, that means I’ve pulled out the Christmas music to listen to on my computer. At 1090 tracks, my Christmas playlist is a full seventh of my entire library (and I suspect I’m probably missing some to include). That’s about two and an eighth days worth of music without repeating individual tracks.

I like to use the Party Shuffle mode in iTunes so I can tweak the upcoming tracks but still be in shuffle mode. Of course there are many of the same Christmas song by different artists and groups, so I try to keep them from being back-to-back. But even if they aren’t, no big deal.

Some of my favorites are from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (where my siblings sing), The King’s Singers, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and The Cambridge Singers. I also enjoy the early American, Renaissance, and Medieval songs. Probably my favorite Christmas song is Carol of the Bells — I count fifteen different versions in my iTunes— like this rendition by The Bird and The Bee:

What’s yours?

Snowflakes from Barkley’s cool Make-a-Flake.


It Was Like a Christmas in March

As I said earlier on Twitter today, “Christmas…in March!” It’s so much fun to get packages and then to open them up. My parents UPSed a box of various mail that’s been collecting there since last I’ve been home. The UPS guy delivered that at work before lunch. When I got home, I found two boxes on my porch. One contained the DSL modem for when service switches over and the other, two books by Cathy Day I’d ordered from Amazon (Comeback Season and The Circus in Winter). I continue to be impressed by UPS, the boxes were in a plastic bag to keep the rain off. [disclosure: I worked for UPS for nearly three years.]

I’ve been having fun opening all my mail and throwing almost everything out. =) Really look forward to reading the magazines that came with the mail and those books. Might not start tomorrow, else I won’t get much done.

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Now What? Music

Last time I asked, “Now what?” on Twitter, someone said, “Dance!” Hmmm. What to write about now? I know: music. This evening I decided to sit down and play for a while on the piano as I was waiting for laundry to run. Haven’t done that for quite a long time. I’m fairly rusty, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Played through a few pieces that I used to know fairly well, and then sight-read a couple pieces in my newest Dennis Alexander book.

Last night a friend was talking about the tradition her family has of giving/receiving a Christmas CD at Thanksgiving. Her family likes Christmas music…and I mentioned that mine does too. I’m pretty sure that I have all/almost all of our CDs ripped to my computer. The playlist that contains them would allow me to play Christmas music for 1.8 days without repeating the same track twice!

About 10 years ago, (wow, was it that long ago?) I took a number of music theory and composition classes. Mostly because I want to see what happens when I attach an MP3, here’s an invention I composed in counterpoint class: Invention 1 I really enjoyed learning about how to write music, but it isn’t quite my forté. Maybe a hobby. That’s why I’m in web programming.