Music Monday: Gloria In Excelsis Deo!
16 December 2013
Stacy from Stacy Uncorked, Xmas Dolly, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog, and Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know bring us Music Monday each week, with the current month's theme being, of course, Christmas music. I haven't played along regularly, but I'm trying to be more regular (and we're still talking about music here, folks), so here I am again!
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So without further ado, I bring you my selections:
I've always loved "Santa Baby," and Eartha Kitt was the best... I can't believe there are still 9 days until Christmas. I've long since finished my shopping and have everything wrapped and ready to go. Nine more days?! Oh, Santa Baby, hurry down the (non-existent) chimney tonight!
When I was a kid, we had a big, old-fashioned jukebox in our dance floor basement area. The four of us girls would rock out while we danced, listening to all the tunes of the '80s. Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" was on that jukebox, and we played it ad nauseum every December. There weren't a lot of awesome things in that period of my life, but certainly this was one of the good things!
This one is for my eldest daughter, Chloë. "Silent Night" is her favorite Christmas song, and Taylor Swift is her favorite artist. Seems appropriate to combine the two, then!
When my mom was alive, we'd all gather around while she played the organ, singing Christmas carols. It would be me, my parents and sister, my uncle, and my grandparents (mom's parents). Mom had a beautiful singing voice, and my dad and grandpa always sang in harmony. It was wonderful. "The First Noel" was my favorite song she played and sang, and I adore Josh Groban immensely! What a voice!
Grandpa's favorite song to belt out in his rich baritone along with Mom's organ-playing was "Gloria in Excelsis Deo," and they would do a gorgeous duet of it. I can still hear it, though it's been 30 years since the last time my mother's hands played Christmas music. It's a lovely memory, that last Christmas she was alive and all the years before it, and I'll cherish it forever.
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