Time for Christmas Music!!!

It’s that time of year again, where I blast Christmas carols and Holiday music on my computer and radio!

My favorite carol of all time is “Still Still Still,” especially from Manheim ManheimSteamrollerSteamroller. I also really love the German verse. Pretty much anything Holiday related from Manheim Steamroller is worth buying the entire album.

The highest grossing (and sadly overplayed) song of the holidays is Mariah Carey’sAll I Want for Christmas is You.” But let’s face it. It’s a good song, upbeat, and really gets people happy and in the mood for Christmas shopping (whether from the coziness of your couch/online or battling the crowds at malls).

98DegreesChristmasAbout eight or nine years ago, I bought the Christmas Album from 98 degrees (back when they really were the best of all Boy Bands), and I’ll still listen to that thing on a loop in my car. Specifically, “If Every Day Could Be Christmas,” and “The Gift.”

Another awesome one is “Carol of the Bells.” And when put together with a light show like this, how can you possibly not be entertained?

A billion more songs come to mind, but I’d love to hear from you. What’s your favorite carol of the season? How early in the year do you start playing them?

Soundtrack for AUDREY’S PROMISE

I have a strong belief that books should come with soundtracks, just like the movies. Since music is so important to my writing process, why not share that with my readers, too? I’d love for you to know which songs were playing while I wrote specific scenes and what moved me. So for those of you who are interested, below is the soundtrack for my novel, Audrey’s Promise. I hope you enjoy it!

Chapter 1 – “Learning to Breathe” by Switchfoot

Chapter 3 – “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift (acoustic)

Chapter 4 – “Secrets” by One Republic

Chapter 5 – “Where Are You Going” by Dave Matthews Band 

Chapter 10 – “Be Here Now” by Ray Lamontagne, “You And I” by Lady Gaga

Chapter 13 – “This Love” by Craig Armstrong/Elizabeth Fraser

Chapter 15 – “Titanium” by Madilyn Baily (acoustic)

Chapter 16 – “You” by Switchfoot

Chapter 17 – “Any Other Name” by Thomas Newman

Chapter 18 – “Perseverance” by Michele McLaughlin

Chapter 20 – “Walk Away” by Ben Harper

Chapter 21 – “What I Didn’t Know” by Anthenaeum

Chapter 24 – “Pretty Girl (The Way)” by Sugarcult

Chapter 25 – “About Today” by The National

Chapter 27 – “The Descent” by Michele McLaughlin

Chapter 28 – “Home” by Phillip Phillips

Chapter 29 – “Look After You” by The Fray

Chapter 30 – “Gravity” by John Mayer

Chapter 32 – “Comfortable” by John Mayer

Chapter 34 – “No One” by Cold

Chapter 35 – “My December” by Linkin Park

Chapter 36 – “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys

Chapter 37 – “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

Epilogue – “Say (All I Need)” by One Republic