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Put the Christmas tree up last night, although it's a tad bare for the moment. Also put the Christmas decoration stuff away, which cleared up the space for us to finally put our new dining room table actually in the dining room. Q is already looking at corner units to finish off the area, plus a bar for the opposite wall. We expect to have just about every piece of furniture we need by the end of January - only took us a year. :D

I need new Christmas music. Last week I ripped all my CDs at work so I could listen to them, and I'm already tired of them. I've got:

  • John Denver & The Muppets, A Christmas Together
  • Mannheim Steamroller, Christmas, A Fresh Aire Christmas</i> and Christmas Extraordinaire
  • The Boston Camerata, A Renaissance Christmas
  • Rosie O'Donnell, Another Rosie Christmas
  • Bob Rivers, Twisted Christmas and I Am Santa Claus
  • Johnny Mathis, Merry Christmas (my family's traditional "get ready for Christmas" album)
  • Russ Peterson, My Christmas Dream (originally got free with a Christmas candle)
  • David Huntsinger, Winterlude and Piano Winterlude
  • The Roches, We Three Kings (one of my all time favorites)
  • Harry Connick, Jr., When My Heart Finds Christmas

I have a couple of albums still on cassette, like Jon Anderson's 3 Ships and Barbra's A Christmas Album, but I bought some hardware to convert them to digital (specifically for 3 Ships since the album is out of print and was never released on CD).

Q and I were out shopping and I saw at least three albums I wanted to pick up - Enya, Jim Brickman and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra ones, plus I think John Legend put out a Christmas album, too. They'll have to go on my wish list.

We've already decided we're doing Christmas after the new year, not only with our friends but for ourselves, too. We'll have just enough money with my first full paycheck to get stuff for my mother, sisters and the kids, but that's about it. I get another paycheck right after Christmas, so that'll put us on track to celebrate better (and to hit the sales!).


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Dec. 14th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
Jim Brickman's awesome, and I just downloaded the John Denver & the Muppets from emusic.

I've got three Christmas shows by Dr. Demento filled with Bob Rivers and Bob Rivers-like stuff, as well as more "normal" things like Vince Guaraldi's 'A Charlie Brown Christmas," a John Rutter album, a few Mannheim Steamroller ones (the same ones as you, I think), a couple acapella groups' albums (Pieces of Eight and the Blenders).

Two of my favorite albums though, are Dave McKenna's "Holiday Piano Spiked with Swing" and "Oy to the World -- A Klezmer Christmas" (which is exactly what it sounds like).
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
I do enjoy the funny Christmas songs and parodies, so I'll have to look into the ones you mention. And I guess it's about time I started downloading songs like the rest of you kids today, eh? :D

(And nice to see you're still alive!)
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
If having popular music isn't important to you (and you haven't heard me say this a million times already), you should check out emusic.com. Everything I mentioned, sans Dr. Demento and Mannheim Steamroller, is there.

(if you decide to sign up and don't mind using a referral link, let me know as I'd get a few free songs out of the deal)
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
T'will check it out.

BTW, what program did you use to make your "black & white" icon?
Dec. 14th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
It's been a while, but I think I used Jasc Animation Shop which came bundled with Paint Shop Pro with my computer. Used Paint shop pro to create the beginning and ending images, then used a transition effect in the animation program, IIRC.
Dec. 14th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
NO Trans Siberian Orchestra!?!?!?!?! you fail
frikken download it it if you have too! as a matter o fact just hit the Limewire or something and put in christmas in the search crtiera and sample some stuff. then go buy the albums you like. hecks that how i use it. and they say they loose album sales! Bite me. so many groups i would never have heard if it were not for my handy dandy P2P sampling of genres

Also pick up the Very Scary Solstice album from the H.P.Lovecraft Historical Society. you will not be displeased. the production values are mind blowing and the music is top shelf!
Dec. 14th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
as a matter of fact THEY HAVE A SECOND ALBUM OUT NOW

i know what i want for christmas or my B-day!
Dec. 14th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Sufjan Stevens released his Songs For Christmas 5-CD set. They're traditional Christmas songs, but his voice just makes them.

I can burn you CDs if you want. :)
Dec. 14th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
I'd be willing to listen to a few.
Dec. 15th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Can you listen to Internet radio at work? Accuradio has a wide-play holiday station that goes through their ENTIRE Christmas playlist.
Dec. 15th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
I'll check it out. Thanks!
Dec. 15th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)

Scroll down the page. The Wide Playlist is at the bottom of the channel list. I'd link it directly but it's a javascript thingamajig.
Dec. 16th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
Would you enjoy Cthulhu-themed Christmas song parodies? And if you would, you should send me your address! Including the names of other artists/bands you like would be a good thing. I have about 50 GBs of music and I love to share!

elffan at gmail

And wow...you have a Jon Anderson solo album! Other than Olias of Sunhillow! Wow. :)
Dec. 18th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
I still enjoy that one "I'm Gettin' Nothin' For Christmas" song
Dec. 18th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, 'cause you're a BRAT!

I got your text. E-mail me the details sometime, m'kay?
Dec. 19th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
I ain't no brat. I can't believe you would think I am *evil grin*
Okay, I'm a little spiled, so what? =P
Dec. 19th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Spoiled brat I meant...
Dec. 19th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
A little spoiled? :P
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