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?

I Hate Crowds- Life of a Writer

Every year I’m reminded that I’m more suited to the life of a writer. I hate crowds. And just thinking about the holiday shopping season, especially Black Friday, makes my skin crawl. And since most great writers of the 20th and 21st centuries were either hermits, or should have been hermits, I realize I have something in common.

Now, I’m by no means considered a hermit. I love my friends, I spend an incredible amount of time with my family (and I love it!), and I don’t have panic attacks when I’m out in public with more than ten people around me.

I love movie theaters (not necessarily waiting in line to buy tickets or watch the next blockbuster), and my fondest memories of childhood involve swimming and diving meets where an insane amount of people are all crammed into a sweltering natatorium cheering on teammates.

But I can’t stand crowds. Not because I’m afraid, but because I lose all patience with the shove of a shoulder. I become not just the wicked witch, but the EVIL witch with the shotgun temper and lead-foot.

While the individuals in a crowd may be nice, gracious, and loveable people, the crowd itself is rude, impatient, thoughtless, and brutal. The epitome of a mob. As evident on Black Friday every single year, we witness these horrible people on the news every time. Crazy crowds with guns, bats, and pepper spray. All for the sake of stupid toys or electronics that may not even be that great of a ‘deal.’

The creation of online shopping has been a gift from the tech industry. I’m sure this has been every writer’s greatest gift in the last decade, as well as their greatest crutch. Anything to allow me the convenience of continuing my love of shopping while avoiding the crowds I detest, I will glorify.

I don’t see myself becoming a hermit at any point in my life, but I can totally understand why a lot of great writers were. And whatever reasons they may have had for living that way back then, the sad thing it’s probably much worse in today’s age. People are crazier, meaner, and could care less about others.

Another tick in the ‘Upsides of a Writer’ column.