December 4, 2012
Time to talk up some of my favorite male singers. Don’t worry, though–you haven’t heard the last Julie Andrews Christmas song of the season.
Josh Groban just plain makes me swoon. My college roommate turned me on to him nearly ten years ago and I have been in love ever since. His rendition of O Holy Night gives me chills.
Chris Rice is one of my favorite contemporary Christian artists. His lyrics have made me think, wonder, laugh, and praise the Lord. Welcome to Our World made me think of Christmas in a whole new way when I first heard it.
December 3, 2012
Traditional #4: We Three Kings, St. Peter’s Choir
I don’t think I’ve come across a version I don’t like of this song. Some of my favorites are Michael Smith, Anne Murray, Mannheim Steamroller…too many great versions to pick one from!
I couldn’t find a version from St. Peter’s Choir, but this another really pretty one from the choir of Kings College, Cambridge.
Nontraditional #4: A Soldier’s King, Kenny Rogers
November 27, 2012
Jennifer’s list of favorite Christmas songs will prove quite impressive and well-researched, I’m sure. Don’t get your hopes too high for mine. Mostly it’s because I love Christmas carols and if I’m honest, the versions that still stir my heart the most are the ones from my “Wee Sing Christmas” cassette that I memorized around age four. They are, amazingly enough, not on YouTube for your listening pleasure!
I’m also not a big fan of most contemporary Christmas pieces. It runs in the family, let me tell you. Around the holidays, I crave tradition, “the way it always was,” be it food, decorations, or music. But there are a few new songs I’ve discovered that I enjoy, so they’ll come alongside my favorite carols.
(Unlike Jennifer’s, mine aren’t really in a particular order.)
Julie Andrews is my all-time favorite celebrity of any sort, and I could listen to her music all day long. Her Christmas album from 1973 is often playing in my house this time of year, and I particularly like her version of O Come, All Ye Faithful
I don’t care for Meet Me in St. Louis and Judy Garland isn’t my favorite, but I’ve always liked this melancholy little song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. I even provided piano accompaniment one Christmas in high school for a friend who sang it as a solo in a choir concert.
November 26, 2012
And here we go: Jennifer’s countdown to her favorite Christmas songs! Join me and share your favorite Christmas songs with me!
Traditional #5: Little Drummer Boy, Celtic Women
There are so many versions of this song that I like it’s hard to pick out my favorite.
Nontraditional #5: Eyes of a Child, Air Supply
Another one from Air Supply. I first heard this song years ago and just fell in love with it. It’s on their Christmas album.
November 23, 2012
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! I do love getting together with the family and cooking a good meal and then just hanging out and watching football. I also love the Friday after because I can officially start all the Christmas music up in my play lists (though I’ve had some playing already!) I love Christmas time. Love the traditions, the songs, love church time during advent, love spending time with family…I just love this time of year. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite traditional and nontraditional Christmas songs with you over the next month.
I’m going to start this week with my “runner ups.” Then next week I’ll start counting up from five and Christmas week I’ll end with my favorite holiday song in each category. I invite you to share your own favorites as well!
Traditional Runner Up: Go Tell it on the Mountain, Anne Murray
(Anne Murray’s Mary’s Boy Child was a really close runner up too!)
Nontraditional Runner Up: Love is All, Air Supply
October 5, 2012
I came across a post the other day of a book of old soap ads for Ivory soap. Oh my word some of these are hilarious. I posted some of my favorites, but you can see them all here: “What a Cake of Soap Will Do.” I think I love the old ads so much because they just show a completely different mentality of how people were targeted in advertizements, but at the same time many of the techniques are the same as in ads today (just less wordy ha!)
September 1, 2012
Some of you know I make and sell handmade soap. Don’t get me started about store bought soap! (Unless you have a good half hour to spare). I fought joining Pinterest for a long time (I know you’re wondering where the heck those two idea connect! Bear with me.) Well I finally gave into Pinterest. I discovered (for me) it was a good way to book mark webpages I wanted to come back to. In the process I’ve started pinning my soaps and others as well. And today I came across a pin from another person for a couple vintage soap ads from the 1940s. You have to read these! They’re too fun not to share.
Vintage Ad 1: http://file.vintageadbrowser.com/l-27s6sk8u4j6d4r.jpg (Not sure who to give the credit to as this is the only link I have to them).
Vintage Ad 2: http://file.vintageadbrowser.com/3i3dzoa1ynpmhk.jpg