So it’s close enough to Thanksgiving now that we can listen to Christmas music with impunity, right? Because I LOVE George Winston’s CD December. In high school I used to listen to it in bed at night, falling asleep to the piano sounds of snow. Now I haul it up on Pandora, turn it up on the Christmas stations, and even play some of it on my dulcimer.
December is what the Christmas season SHOULD sound like – even when it’s moving fast, it’s got a relaxed feel to it, and a sense of holistic purpose. It untangles the inner knots of your stomach. It lets you remember that yes, this too shall pass, and there’s more than one way to see a situation, resolve an argument, and play “Greensleeves.”
DEFINITELY more than one way to play “Greensleeves.”
I look forward to this CD all year – it’s one of those seasonal treats, like strawberries, that should only be played during the time period. (Although I did once haul the CD out during an August heat wave, as a kind of reminder that this too would pass.)
Yes, I recognize this CD is not a book, but you know, if you listen to it start to end, you actually hear the story of December passing. It’s kinda cool that way.
It’s one of my winter favorites too!
New to me! Thanks for sharing.
What a lovely post. December 1st it has to be for me, which was my father’s birthday. As children, we weren’t allowed to start thinking about Christmas until after that and I never do. I’ll be playing my Winter Song and Appalachian Christmas very soon.
My dad used to put Christmas music on after Thanksgiving dinner. :]