Christmas soundtrack

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

I don't know if you are like me, but it takes a little music to get me in the spirit of the holidays. The holiday season wouldn't be the same without classic Christmas songs to remind me of what all the fuss is about. In honor of the impact music has on the holidays, I have decided to make a Christmas soundtrack. Don't fear, the songs bringing about past memories with Christmas cheer and sorrow are standards we can all celebrate.

The first song I would suggest to anyone lamenting the most wonderful time of the year is Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas." The song itself is a simple rendition of a holiday loss, "Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree, Won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me," Elvis crooned. The song is perfect for anyone who is heart broken or who has lost someone dear to them.

On the more cheerful and upbeat side, how can anyone forget Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." I have childhood memories of decorating the Christmas Tree while dancing to this classic hit. Lee brings the holidays to life with the merriment expressed in the lyrics. You will surely "get a sentimental feeling when you hear" this classic bubbly tune.

Composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruger, with lyrics by Joseph Mohr, "Silent Night" may have started out in a small Austrian town, but it has traveled the world and become one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time. For me, "Silent Night," makes me think of the true reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ. Few tunes capture the significance that Jesus' birth had on the world from such humble beginnings.

From the opening line, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" sets out to chronicle the holiday's most famous heel. I always love to watch the Grinch try to steal Christmas from the cheerful Who's down in Whoville only to find out that all the Christmas extras aren't what makes Christmas so special. The cartoon and the song are intertwined and I love it when the Grinch's shrunken heart grows three sizes making the Grinch change course to bring back all the Christmas presents and trimmings to all the homes in Whoville.

These are just a few of the songs that help define that hard-to-pinpoint something, special about Christmas. I hope you all take the time to think about what songs help you get through the season, hopefully with some cheer and good-tiding.