Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Music: Food of Love, Emotion

One of my favourite things about the holidays is turning on the radio and hearing some of my favourite Christmas carols, but also some original ones. They are expressions of joy, thanksgiving, love, and peace. What could be more inspiring than these fundamentally wonderful emotions? I don’t think it’s any coincidence that when I need to be inspired to write, the holidays and the music of the season seem to do a great job. For me, writing brings me joy and an inner peace, I love it, and I am grateful that I am able to write. These are the messages of the season and music playing at this time of year does an excellent job of reminding me of these. 

I thought, in honour of the season and to get your own inspirational festive or holiday playlists started, I would share a few of my top-played songs of the season! They’re all available on YouTube, so check them out and give them a listen. Hopefully these will help to remind you not only what you love about this time of year, but what you love about writing! Feel free to share your own inspirational and holiday favourites below! I hope you enjoy. Happy writing!

#1- Aretha Franklin- Joy to the World

            This is just an exciting and fun version of a popular Christmas carol that you won’t be able to stop yourself from grooving to. Nothing like grooving to get those creative juices flowing!

#2- Faith Hill- Where are you Christmas

            This song from the film adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss book about the Grinch who stole Christmas. It is a touching message about Christmas and what it means to a child. But as we grow, Christmas changes with us, just like our voice and modes of inspiration as writers.

#3- Mariah Carey- All I want for Christmas is You

            This is popular song about love at this time of the year. Maybe you can pretend you’re singing it to inspiration?

#4- Kelly Clarkson- My Grown up Christmas List

            This song has a wonderful message about peace and reaching out to others. Use this message to remind yourself why you write and the powerful difference you can make with the ideas you have to share.

#5- Brenda Lee- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

            Just try to stop yourself from dancing to this. I don’t know what particular relevance this has to writing in particular, but dancing around has always made me happy...and after happiness we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from inspiration. Also an interesting note, my grandparents used to live close to Brenda Lee in Toronto and knew her personally! There's something about her being Canadian that makes it just that much more special.
Happy Holidays Everyone! J

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