Tuesday, December 11

choosing steps*

samantha, canon digital rebel xti

I received this in my inbox today from the Universe:

You can "dance" with the illusions of time and space, Denise, choosing your "steps" based upon things and events as they now are, or you can dance with your dreams, choosing your "steps" based upon things and events as they will be.

I've seen in my life the power of intention. Today this comforted me and gave me something to dance about.

We've decided to create a special evening tonight of finally decorating our tree together. He's bringing home some cider and we'll light candles, put festive music on and love on the babies we do have tonight. Our fur babies. Perhaps this will help put us in the mood by choosing steps towards celebrating us and the family we do have with positive intentions of what next year will bring.

Was wondering if you could suggest some unique holiday music? I'll be downloading some from iTunes today.


Blogger Unknown said...

Ella Fitzgerald's Swinging Christmas is SO joyful!

December 11, 2007 at 8:18:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Silent Night: 25 Carols of Peace and Tranquility" is a beautiful Christmas album. It always relaxes me and puts me in the mood for Christmas.

December 11, 2007 at 8:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger kristen said...

I always love the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping" for a good, bust-out dancing holiday song.

December 11, 2007 at 8:38:00 AM PST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I LOVE Harry Connick Jr...his version of Sleigh Ride is my favorite!

December 11, 2007 at 8:54:00 AM PST  
Blogger Stacy said...

I am all about the charlie brown christmas soundtrack. "christmas time is here" the instrumental version, is my favorite and i also love, "skating". all the pieces are Vincent Guaraldi's jazzy, fun piano.

kind of silly, i know. but this is truly my favorite christmas album of all time.

wishing you a festive, love-filled evening.


December 11, 2007 at 8:56:00 AM PST  
Blogger christianne said...

I enjoy Sarah McLachlan's Christmas album, which I think came out last year. Also, the soundtrack to the Holiday is a good one! (Not directly Christmas music, but the movie is centered around the Christmas holiday, so it still makes you feel connected in a different way.)

December 11, 2007 at 9:07:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gina (Lady Goats) said...

Everything seems so... spiritual with you. I'm envious. When there are things that I sigh about and say "ok, let's get this over with," you turn it into a NIGHT. With cider, music and love for the FURRIES!

Even on your down days, you seem so... oh, I have no idea how i can describe it.... Willing to accept things? But no, that's not right. And you're DEFINITELY not in the mindset to take things as they come (it's a good thing! I can tell you're not the type to "settle" often). Ohh... I'm never going to be able to put words to it (but if you knew what I was talking about, you'd be able to!)

How... how... HOW do you do it?

December 11, 2007 at 9:10:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you like Christmas music with a rock edge, Reliant K (Christian band) has a good CD out.

Of course "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and other spoof songs are also personal favorites for bringing levity to the craziness of the season.

Pandora.com has some good Christmas stations right now if you want to sample some music.

December 11, 2007 at 9:36:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm doing a christmas music countdown at my site... I've only listed a few so far, but maybe there's some inspiration there.
I haven't listed it yet, but Johnny Cash's The Christmas Guest was a new one for me last year, it's pretty sweet, but not really a song...

December 11, 2007 at 9:44:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything Harry Connick Jr. and Jessica Simpson's holiday album (Rejoyce) is truly phenomenal, it really gets me singing and dancing and truly feeling the joy of Christmas.

December 11, 2007 at 10:20:00 AM PST  
Blogger stringends said...

hello, i'm new to reading your blog, but i thought i'd jump in with a few suggesetions. of course, the waitresses christmas wrapping... also others i like are..

badly drawn boy - donna & blitzen
throwing muses – santa claus
Grandaddy - Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland! (ok this one is a bit out there, but it's good, and funny! especially if you like grandaddy)
Phantom Planet - Winter Wonderland
Bill Ricchini - Baby It's Christmas
The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
Donde Esta Santa Clause by Guster
flaming lips - white xmas
The Walkmen – Christmas Party
Rilo Kiley - Xmas Cake

ok, sorry if that was too much! i made an indie christmas mix a couple years ago and these are a few from them, so i hope you can find something in there you like.

December 11, 2007 at 10:59:00 AM PST  
Blogger pERiWinKle said...

Remember to decorate the furry babies as well :-) xx

December 11, 2007 at 11:09:00 AM PST  
Blogger Daphne said...

I do love George Winston's "December" album for this time of year.

Also, for pure fun cheese, Perry Como is a classic! So nerdy but kind of nice and nostalgic.

December 11, 2007 at 11:50:00 AM PST  
Blogger the brady girls said...

manheim steamroller is always a favorite of mine! :)

December 11, 2007 at 12:16:00 PM PST  
Blogger periwinkle_blue said...

I just heard The Roches sing an original Christmas song on NPR yesterday that was so beautiful: "Star of Wonder." I bought it on Amazon MP3 Downloads about five minutes before I read your post. I think you would like it. (They have it on iTunes too.)

And I second the notion of "Charlie Brown Christmas" music! That one’s always my first choice when we’re decorating.

This is my first time commenting here, but I’ve been lurking around for at least a year. I love to come here and immerse myself in your thoughtful, loving, creative world. And I have to say I have a really good feeling about your near future. Sending you sweet thoughts for a warm, lovely holiday.

December 11, 2007 at 12:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Martha-Anne said...

Here are a few of my favorites:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Barenaked Ladies

Elf's Lament - Barenaked Ladies & Michael Buble

The entire Christmas On The Town album featuring Rose Cousins, Jill Barber & Meghan Smith

Chris Botti's December album

Seven Joys of Mary - Great Big Sea

Putamayo Christmas album(christmas songs from around the world)

Holly Cole's Baby It's Cold Outside album

If you want something really off the wall... try Odetta's Christmas album. She's got a pretty funky sound.

Also growing up we were addicted to the Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton Christmas album. It's pretty awesome if you're in a low state.

December 11, 2007 at 12:30:00 PM PST  
Blogger Silvia said...

Well, my new favourite is Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong album.

And i think it's not christmas until i've heard some songs by bing crosby :)

Ow and when i'm a bit blue...Alvin and the Chipmunks' christmas songs ALWAYS help ghee hee


December 11, 2007 at 1:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Vivienne said...

my recommendation is in the same vein as some of the other comments.... nettwerk records has a super lovely album called 'a winter's night' that has a lot of their artists singing christmas-esque songs:
the be good tanyas
sarah mclachlan
jack johnson
barenaked ladies
ron sexsmith and more....

also, any version of leonard cohen's hallelujiah feels holiday style to me....jeff buckly and rufus wainright have both done amazing versions.

like another lovely commenter, growing up i always knew christmas was here when the kenny rogers christmas album got spun on the record player!

December 11, 2007 at 1:30:00 PM PST  
Blogger daisies said...

i'm with schmoopy ~ i heart the charlie brown :)

but no christmas is complete without A Boney M. Christmas tee hee : )

have a wonderful night honey ~ we are decorated our christmas tree tonight as well ~ it has been sitting green for days providing us with lovely scents but no sparkle and i am in need of the sparkle :) much love, xox

December 11, 2007 at 2:47:00 PM PST  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

beautiful - stunning picture love.

Such a wise message:)

Love and snuggles

December 11, 2007 at 4:20:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over The Rhine has a different kind of Christmas music on their CD Snow Angels. It's sexy and one to be shared with someone special!

December 11, 2007 at 6:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger mccabe said...

three kings by sting,


December 11, 2007 at 7:12:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this version of O' Holy Night. Must be listened to in it's entirety.. it just gets more and more unbelievable. :)


December 11, 2007 at 8:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Imelda said...

Not a "festive" song but I'm loving Dina Carroll's "The Perfect Year" right now. It's lush!

I got it into my head when I was in the theatre for the last night of my play at the weekend and had to download it.

December 12, 2007 at 2:09:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second hubby's vote! My brothers and I could not stop belly laughing over that last Christmas... good memories! It truly is unbelievable.

December 12, 2007 at 3:02:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im so going to ruin my tough ass reputation, but i still love amy grants old christmas album. reminds me of the innocent days. xoxox
jen gray

December 12, 2007 at 5:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger C. said...

Bellamy Brothers. :) And Loreena Mckennitt. Works for me every time. :)

December 12, 2007 at 6:22:00 AM PST  
Blogger Yvette said...

I'm loving the Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee. Hauntingly beautiful.

December 12, 2007 at 7:02:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brad Paisley & Sara Evans singing New Again is an inspiring Christmas song.

Reba McEntire with Mary Did You Know and Alabama with Christmas Shoes are also great songs.

December 12, 2007 at 7:26:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my favorites is 'Zat you, Santa Claus?' by Louis Armstrong. It's great. I also like 'River' by Joni Mitchell - it's sad but beautiful.

December 12, 2007 at 10:09:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gail said...

Hands down, it's gotta be "A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector"....classic, rockin' holiday music..gotta love it!

December 12, 2007 at 10:11:00 AM PST  
Blogger Swirly said...

This sounds absolutely lovely. Bliss and joy and happiness.

I love all those old school holiday CDs - Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole. It's groovy baby!

December 12, 2007 at 10:22:00 AM PST  
Blogger Clover said...

Have fun decorating! Any Christmas music is good music, if you ask me. Well, with the exception of Elvis' "Blue Christmas".

December 12, 2007 at 10:52:00 AM PST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I LOVE "christmas song" by dave matthews. Someone already mentioned "river" by joni mitchell - it is awesome! Rachael Yamagata does a great version of it too! Of course, "Santa Baby" by Eartha Kit is flirty. and "baby it's cold outside" is great too. The Squirrel Nut Zippers had a Christmas album many years ago. there is a very sweet song about the Gift of the Magi!!

December 12, 2007 at 1:12:00 PM PST  
Blogger madelyn said...

I love Sarah McLaclan ~ and
she has a new Christmas cd out
as well:)

Have a snuggly joyful evening
sweetie with your loved ones:)

December 12, 2007 at 5:31:00 PM PST  
Blogger Sam said...

I second Snow Angels, Over the Rhine's Christmas album. It's all original and very, very good. I've been listening to it nonstop!

December 12, 2007 at 5:46:00 PM PST  
Blogger boho girl said...

wow...what a juicy playlist i have! these were all delicious. i so appreciate the time you took to list these songs.

thanks guys!


December 12, 2007 at 8:53:00 PM PST  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

Do you take it? by The Wet Spots.... i think this is my new xmas song ;-)

I've woken up ready to prepare the orange......... xoxoxox

December 13, 2007 at 3:17:00 AM PST  
Blogger bohemiangirl said...

I recently stumbled upon a great Christmas playlist that you might enjoy (for free) on Radioblog -- http://www.radioblogclub.com/open/70880/

December 13, 2007 at 5:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger jenica said...

i realize that i'm forever late on this... but i could listen to sarah mclauchlin's wintersong album a million times and never tire of it. it's the first thing my five year old puts on the morning... i love to see her sweet little body dance lyrically to it.


December 19, 2007 at 10:26:00 PM PST  
Blogger kristi said...

I know that I'm pretty late on this but I just couldn't stop thinking about your request for good Christmas music (maybe this will be your New Year's Eve music?).
The albulm that my husband and I had our Christmas dinner to was this juicy one (such angelic voices)
Cocteau Twins: Milk & Kisses

December 26, 2007 at 7:33:00 PM PST  

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