Monday, December 08, 2008

Fun Monday Holiday Music

Ooh, I'm LATE today...maybe because I stayed up until wee hours...but then, none of you care about my excuses. Blah - get with the program.

MamaLang is the hostess for this Fun Monday, and she wanted to know our favorite Christmas songs and our favorite Christmas item.

Only THREE songs? Wow...okay...that's a tough assignment!

1. I LOVE (adore) George Winston's version of "Holly and the Ivy." If you have never heard this piano version, take a listen here.

2. Mannheim Steamroller and Christmas - This version of "Silent Night" has a very special meaning to me, b/c of a very special Christmas, many years ago. I wonder if Mr. Big still remembers?

Kinda weird to see a house in lights to this tune, but here ya go:

I get tears in my eyes every time I hear this.

3. I don't actually think this last song is a Christmas song, but I can't spend a holiday without listening to it. And for the record, this song will prove that I am a total dork. And nerd. And should be wearing glasses and braces and carrying a stack of books under my arm. I had a Christmas album by Dean Martin as a kid, and I LOVED it. Yes, Dean. Poor, dead Dean. He just always sounded like he was SMILING when he sang, you know? Now, I realize his smiling might have been due to large quantities of alcohol consumption. Still, I love this tune, called The Things We Did Last Summer. Listen if you dare. Total cheese.

As for my favorite Christmas thing? Well, I could pick all sorts of ornaments...pretty little glass things...but when you go into labor on a Christmas Day, it's hard to pick much else but my almost-a-Christmas-Baby as a reminder of what this season really means to me:
Now go check out all the Fun Monday participants!


Ari_1965 said...

Eww! Dean Martin Christmas music!
Eww! His slightly off-pitch rendition of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer! Eww! Eww!

But I award 10 out of 10 points to your almost-Christmas baby.

Pamela said...

you can't go wrong with choosing that ornament! (:

I'm listening to Winstons 'Holly' -- linked to it while I finished your post. It's the kind of music that I could work and play to all day.

(I have a Steamroller Christmas album somewhere around here. It's always fun)

Jay said...

I put "The Things We Did Last Summer" up on my Myspace page after we Twittered about that song the other day.

Ali said...

I have a Christmas baby too :-) mine was due on Christmas Day, but (thankfully) was delivered early. I loved being in the maternity ward at Christmas (obviously safe in the knowledge that I would actually be at home for Christmas Day!)

Love your music too by the way

Tiggerlane said...

Ari_1965 - Okay, not a Dean fan? LOL! At least my baby got props.

Pamela - I agree - that music never gets old. And I tend to whistle it all year round. Co-workers LOVE it.

Jay - fellow dorks, unite!

Ali - thanks! And it's amazing how quiet and deserted a hospital can be that time of year - all the better for people NOT coming to check on your va-jay-jay every ten minutes!

richies said...

My favorite Christmas album is Michael Martin Murphy's Cowboy Christmas.

An Arkie's Musings

Desert Songbird said...

I adore George Winston's Joy. I play that all the time.

A child is the best reason for Christmas.

Sayre said...

My favorite Christmas "thing" was born in April, but he's the reason my Christmases are so Christmas-y!

Sayre said...

My favorite Christmas "thing" was born in April, but he's the reason my Christmases are so Christmas-y!

Junebug said...

I love Dean Martin. He always reminds me of my Dad. My baby boy was born the week before Christmas. He was due on the 24th of December but we induced early because he was ready and roads were getting icy. We had to drive one hour to our hospital. He weighed 9 lbs so I believe he was quite ready! :D

Tiggerlane said...

richies - I'll have to check that out! Thanks!

Desert Songbird - now I'm going to go on a Winston kick - hadn't heard that song in a while!

Sayre - it really is all for the kids? And for the kids in us! Which reminds me, I need to start shopping pretty darn soon...

Junebug - he sounds like he was fully cooked to me!

The Church Lady said...

Ok - I had to listen to Dean and I have never heard that one before. It was nice and soothing -he has a nice voice! Your daughter is cute!

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Sandy said...

OMG, thanks for the Deano clip. I remember watching his TV show with my mom. She worked nights so after dinner she would lay on the couch to watch TV and, if I was very quiet, I could snuggle down in the crook of her knees and watch with her.

Thanks for this memory.

bermudabluez said...

Love your favorite ornament! And this post brought back tons of memories!

Kila said...

Enjoyed the video. Hadn't seen that one before.

My post from today, while not a Fun Monday post, included music I thought you might enjoy.

Anonymous said...

i forgot you have a christmas baby, until i read this. i think i've mentioned that my son was born on the 26th at 4:09 a.m.

that actually made christmas special for me again.

Bond said...

Three excellent choices...I have two new Christmas albums featured today with a chance to win one of them

Real Live Lesbian said...

I love Dean Martin!

Wow, what a beauty she is!!!!

Tiggerlane said...

The Church Lady - makes me feel normal that someone else likes Dean! And yeah, she's a cutie!

Susan - please take your car insurance choices and take a hike.

Sandy - you're welcome! And now that I think back, he always had a high-ball glass and a cigarette in his hand.

bermudabluez - thanks! Hope you enjoyed!

Kila - you were SO RIGHT. New Year's resolution - visit my blog buddies more often.

dailypiglet - I hear ya - and our babies were apart by less than an hour! Offspring was born at 3:21AM.

Bond - you always have the best music!

Real Live Lesbian - glad I'm not alone in lovin' Dean! And thank you - she's my precious little Christmas gift!