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Singing Loud for All to Hear – the Music That Keeps Me Merry

A few years ago I (rather melodramatically) bemoaned my love/hate, sometimes hate/hate, relationship with Christmas music. I like it, I do. I just tire of it very quickly. There are some people who soon as the clock strikes November 1st excitedly flip their car stereo over to the NONSTOP! 24/7! ALL CHRISTMAS, ALL THE TIME! station (read that in an annoying Radio Personality voice) and never look back. Me – once Thanksgiving’s last morsel of Pumpkin Pie has been devoured – I’m cautiously excited to tip my toe into holiday harmonies byway the above playlist. It’s nothing novel, just comprised of only songs by artists I’d choose to listen to any old day of the year.

But sometimes a playlist won’t do and I just want that true LP experience. Here are the albums that always keep me merry.

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A New Year State of Mind

Ah, a new year; It always feels so fresh and awash with hope, doesn't it? A do-over, reboot, benevolent jumpstart of sorts, it gets you off the couch and living a little more deliberately. Sure, it's sometimes – maybe even most times – accompanied with tinges of regret or despair, but the belief in better and brighter seems almost hardwired in us. 

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Christmas Playlist

I like Christmas music, I do. Unfortunately the average blather broadcasted over radio waves and in retail establishments from early November through New Year's is mostly pretty terrible. In fact, it has the adverse affect of replacing all would-be merriment with resentment and disdain, souring my affection for the entire musical genre. In an effort to stave off this festering distaste, for the past several years Luke and I have cultivated a highly edited playlist. None of these songs are especially novel and you are probably already familiar with all of them, nevertheless when listened to exclusively they keep me spirited and sane throughout the entirety of the season. Here is an abbreviated assessment of the criteria for their selection:  

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