Getting In the Mood – Mode One

xmmass1  As if. As if I needed to. As if I wasn’t already. I don’t know what the deal is, but this year I am so in the mood, it’s crazy. But that’s just me. Perhaps there are some people who aren’t for some reason. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Tech Tuesday and all the rampant commercialism and consumer insistency may have put them off. Maybe they’ve been so busy they haven’t had time to draw a breath and see the light(s). Each year speeds up and it may strike them that it just was Christmas last week or last month. Who knows?

 At The Christmas Ball  Geoff Muldaur

Away In The Manger  Butch Thompson

What works for me is the music in all it’s variety. From traditional carols, Nutcracker plum fairies, Hallelujah choral extravaganzas, Motown Santas, jokey renditions, rock and roll transformations, jazzy interpretations, and earnest folk messages and everything in between and beyond, there is something out there for everyone. For musicians, there’s opportunity for every little drummer boy and girl. For listeners, it a seasonal feast with layers and depths of meaning and emotion. When I hear all those tunes, corny and otherwise, I’m glad that it’s that time of year. And I’m glad to be here and be a part of it.

Joy To The World  Dakota Dave Hull and Kari Larsen

A Child Is Born  Tete Montoliu

For me, it’s an excuse to tune into and revisit old favorites, to stumble onto and try something new. Each year there’s a chance to revive old memories and discover and create new ones. The season is long enough that everything can have its turn. All that rockin’ around the tree, feeling the warmth of home and family, goofing on Santa and Rudolph, reflecting on giving and receiving, remembering why Christmas is Christmas, and, basically, being in the spirit.


Let the caroling begin!

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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