Music for the Holidays

I love the holidays. Starting in November, I begin to get in the mood. I want the smell, the lights, the trees, the decorations, the music. I don’t want it before about mid-November, but after that, I’m like a child.

The last few years, the holidays though have depressed me some. My grandfather passed away from a ten plus year battle with cancer right after the holidays almost four years ago and it’s still very, very hard for me. That same year, we moved to North Carolina from Florida, where I’d lived my entire life. It was a huge transition and in some ways I am still getting used it.

I don’t bake as much at the holidays as I used to. We don’t see family usually. We don’t travel to see family because DH doesn’t always have the choice of time off. Family doesn’t travel here much either, so we spend most quietly with our own little family here in our house.

One thing that I love most about the holidays is the music. I adore Christmas music. I love the traditional songs, the new songs… There are some versions of classics that I can’t let go of, most of which are huge orchestral pieces. When I was involved in church years and years ago, I played in the orchestra. One years we had gospel singer, Larnelle Harris come for a huge production. He did a version of O Holy Night that gave me chills then and still does today. The music score wasn’t all that easy to play either (grins)… But I was thrilled and honored to be one of those providing music for him.

Another that I love is Elvis Presley’s version of O’ Come All Ye Faithful. Of course his Blue Christmas and On a Snowy Christmas Night are ones I can’t live without. Then there’s Burl Ives and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Andy Williams’ It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year. And what would Christmas be without Jimmy Buffett singing Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rhum!

This morning as I’ve been creating blog posts, working on Forever In Blue Jeans, tweeting, drinking coffee, cleaning the kitchen, etc… I’ve been listening to the holiday playlist on my mp3 player. It doesn’t get played any other time of year, but I was very much in the mood for it this morning.

It has a variety of artists and genres of music…

(My mother had this on 8 Track and I think she still has it)

And these are just a few on my holiday playlist. What’s on yours and what’s your favorite holiday song?

~lissa

Sweet Caroline…and Lissa’s Draft winners…

As all of you know, and if you don’t, you need to come out of hiding more often, today is the release of my newest title from Samhain Publishing, Sweet Caroline!

I am so excited. I truly love this story, this couple, this damn HOT cover!

I’m sure most of you have heard somewhere that I got the idea from an episode of Glee and you heard right. I also sat for hours upon hours listening to Neil Diamond sing it on my mp3 player as I wrote the book.

For those that have bought the book, thank you. I hope you really enjoy it. For those that haven’t, well…

If you haven’t watched Glee, I thought I’d share the Sweet Caroline clip here on the blog.

And here’s a little Elvis action…

Of course, we have have a little Neil Diamond, for without whom we wouldn’t have this song and well, might not have this book…

I told y’all the other day that I’d be picking some people at random in a sort of modified draft since I was watching the oddest, and in some ways worst NFL draft recent years. The second, third, and so on rounds made much more sense than the first. Anyway, I have picked my draftee’s and they will be receiving an email from me shortly.

Those names are:

Bianca_Riot
Shetlands Pixie
Chloe Waits
and
Danyel McDaniel

I hope all of you have had a great Tuesday and I’ll see you on the flipside!

~lissa