In The Mood – Mode Four

citypeace2It’s snowing. The lights are up. The tree is decorated. Everyone is hurrying to find just the right thing for just the right person. Music plays everywhere.

White Christmas   The Drifters

Bells are ringing, voices join together, and stratocasters bend Xmas notes, while Bing and Tony and just about anyone who can sing and a lot of others who (like myself) repeatedly attempt it, despite the results, go forth spreading the spirit in grocery stores, in mega shopping palaces, at the post office, in corner drugstores, and even outside on the street.

It’s easy to let the commercialism get to me, but I won’t go into that rant right now. I try to transform the sounds and sights into something greater than chaos and, at the same time, remember what’s absolutely basic to this holiday that, each year, seems to spiral out of control.

jxmas6   I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm   Mildred Bailey

That’s probably it. Every year, it’s wild and out of control. I need to learn to throw all the intentions and wishes and presents, traffic, interpretations, aggravations and limitations up in the air, like confetti or snowflakes, and try to dig it all, because no matter what, there’s a spirit.

Christmas is a long (and growing longer) season of anticipation and hope that culminates in a relatively short time spent around the tree or by the fire or in my chair or wherever I find myself. It’s in this moment that everything stops and a huge emotion makes itself known. All this hubbub has prepared me well and I feel the underlying spirit of Christmas in its pure form and am not overwhelmed. I find that I’m digging it, while it’s happening, just as Frank Zappa advised.

xmasguitar  Adeste Fideles   Franco Morone

Right then, each year, I make a resolution to bring a little of it with me into the New Year and add it to all the bits I’ve received from the wonderful Christmases that have come before.

lastxmas2

Happy Holidays!!!

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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4 Responses to In The Mood – Mode Four

  1. Kit Tennis says:

    Mr Ringer, thank you SO MUCH for four delicious chapters of joyous holiday music!!! Would you be my life DJ?

  2. Thea Tenenbaum says:

    I’diggingittoo,Ted.Thanks for the 4 great songs to help us all along. It’s heaven, as the snow falls gently outside and Mildred Bailey sings like Billie Holiday.

  3. Lisa Edelblute Roll says:

    Ted,
    Your stories and holiday music are absolutely charming and enjoyable. They are so fitting as to how I remember you at Wayland. What a joyful website. Thank you for making me smile. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    An Old Classmate,
    Lisa Edelblute

  4. Mrs. Robinson says:

    Thank you always for your breath and depth of every Holiday with music.
    Some things you say I don’t understand but love hearing from my dear old friend

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