Monday, November 28, 2011

winter moon


Thanksgiving is over. The flood gates are open people.

Christmas music will fill my house until December 26th.  My husband doesn't understand it. I can't say I really understand why I love Christmas music so much.

I guess if I really think about it, I'd have to say that music has a huge impact on my life. It sets the tone. It can cure a nasty mood. It can make me cry. It can lift me out of myself into higher realms.

It makes it feel like Christmas.

And here I am with a good friend like Mindy Gledhill who just released an entire Christmas album.

Well shucks. That just makes the whole season more merry.


Do you know much about Mindy? She's lovely.

Mindy and I have done projects together here and there. I did illustrations on her Anchor music video. She has sung at Spark the last two years. She came to my house and did a concert in my backyard for a benefit party. And then there is Morocco next year. That's going to be, well, a dream.

I have a Winter Moon album to give away to kick off the giving season!  Leave a comment, and your favorite Christmas song (I'm building this year's play list and I'd like new songs). I'll pick a random number on Friday and ship it out to you!


42 comments:

Marguerite said...

I've heard about this album and it sounds delightful! My favorite religious Christmas song is What Child is This, but I love any Christmas songs sung by Dean Martin.

the emily said...

I think my favorite Christmas song is We Wish You a Merry Christmas, but only the Weezer version. It's so unexpected to hear guitars set to Christmas music, but I swear I could listen to that song all day every day (and it's only like one minute long). But mostly I just looove any kind of Christmas music. We listened to Christmas music for 5 hours yesterday. It was awesome.

oldgreymare said...

I'll be home for Christmas..sung by just about anyone. Always tugs at my heart. <3
I keep hearing of Mindy, but not "hearing" her ya know? so please enter me so that maybe I can. :D
xx
z

Amy Sebert said...

O Holy Night. It was my grandma's favorite too. We wanted to play it at her funeral but it was not excatly Christmas time so we thought it might be funny.

Kelly said...

I listened to the previews on iTunes of Winter Moon and I'll have to add that to my collection of Christmas music. As for my favorite Christmas songs, I love the BYU Mens Chorus version of Betelehemu (a Nigerian Christmas carol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z78xS9mxcgA) and I also love the whole Sufjan Steven's Songs for Christmas album. I love all Christmas music - bring on the best season of the year!

EntwinedEssentials said...

I can't say that I have any one favorite Christmas song. I'm a big Elvis fan so his Christmas Albums make me sing (I'm a big sing-along-er) but then I'm also a big fan of the Transsiberian Orchestra.

laurie lariviere said...

what a lovely giveaway, thanks April! my fave christmas son is "oh come all ye faithful" the Mariah Carey and Patricia Carey version. Have you heard it? It's perfection, Mariah and her mom, doesn't get any better, I love x-mas music too and I am sure Mindy's album is divine :)

Marci said...

ooo i love christmas music of all kinds!
i love white christmas...the bing crosby version.
and i love that movie.:D

i do love that new mindy song that she sung at spark and have been needing to buy this cd.:D

Katie Johnson said...

I LOVE Christmas music!! The new She & Him Christmas album is pretty great :) I also love God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen by BareNaked Ladies and Sarah Mclachlan :)

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I'd love to win the album! My favorite Christmas song is Aretha Franklin's "O Tannenbaum," or maybe it's Shawn Colvin's version of "Silent Night?"

Ahhhh! I love Christmas music, too!

Jennifer said...

I'm with you! Can't resist holiday tunes. Winter Wonderland is my all time fav and who can resist Dean Martin?

Natalie said...

how delightful! (also i want that dress miss mindy's wearing. and those red boots, too.)
i have three: my soul loves "silent night" (the enya version is so...celticly fantastic), my sentimental/steeped-in-old-hollywood self loves "white christmas" with the master of christmas, mr. bing crosby himself and my for fun/wish-i-was-in-hawaii-for-christmas self loves "mele kalikimaka". does mindy have any of these on her new album?

kolleen said...

Thanks for the contest. I appreciate it very much! My fav is "Oh Come all ye Faithful"!

Jen said...

OHHH Winter Song is my favorite by Sara McClaclan - spelled that wrong ! I love Mindy too- either way I'll own this - but winning is always best! Thanks ladies!!

Nicole Maki said...

I LOVE Christmas music and my latest acquisition is the muppets Christmas album.

My favorite Christmas song is Elvis's White Christmas.

Thanks for the chance to win.

P.S. My son and I are still carving stamps ever since SPARK - thanks for introducing us to a new craft.

Lisa said...

Favorite has got to be The 12 days of Christmas by Straight No Chaser, makes me giggle every time. Love to add Mindy's songs to my playlist. I've had the music on for a month now!

Julie said...

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing! And I agree, since you can't play Christmas carols year-round, play them as much as possible for 30 days :)

Mindy Gledhill said...

Thanks so much for the sweet post dear friend!

Jenny Lee said...

I love Mindy Gledhill and so do my kids. Her music is so sweet and whimsical. Hmm I think my favorite Christmas song is Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I love taylor swift's holiday album! her rendition of silent night is truly unique and so soothing... give it a listen if you have the time!

The Mommy Chronicles said...

Once in royal David city

Taylor said...

I do adore Mindy Gledhill oh so much and would positively die if I won this...(I no longer live close to any where I can purchase this-sad day to me)!! My favorite Christmas tune? Right now, probably Michael Buble's version of "Jingle Bells"...there's just a lovely nostalgic feeling of the fifties when you listen to it!! I love chiming in at the beginning as the back up singers say in such beautiful unison "Merry Christmas Mr. Buble"! I die! Haha!
Fantastic giveaway!
♥t.

Garret said...

What's the only thing better than Mindy and Christmas?... New Mindy FOR Christmas!! I can't wait to hear this album. My favorite xmas tune is the little drummer boy song.

Debbie said...

Oh this was such a treat to see her perform at Spark! I absolutely loved the title song from of the CD. This would be a great compliment to my Christmas collection of music! Thx for chance!

Monica said...

O Holy Night.
I sing it so well...when the actual artist is loud enough to drown me out. : )

Vicki said...

Yay for a fabulous Mindy giveaway! She's so lovely!! My favorite Christmas song is, "White Christmas."

Sara said...

I saw she had a new album and have heard bits and pieces and want to get a copy. I love Chris Martin from Coldplay's rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". Maybe you can add that to your list. Merry Christmas!

E and J said...

I LOVE music. My favorite Christmas song is Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel. And Mindy Gledhill is great!

Anne Thompson said...

I, too,love Christmas music. One of my Christmas albums is A Toolbox Christmas...all of the carols are played on "instruments" from a woodworker's workshop. It's hilarious! I also love the Schooner Fare Home for the Holidays album.

Thanks for the chance to win Mindy's new album!

Joan Crandall said...

I have loved Mindy's music ever since I was lucky enough to hear it in your backyard last year. In fact, I often tell others of her music "she is great! she can sing better live than most people can sing with all of the remixing possible". I know at least one other person who has downloaded her tunes from iTunes.

My favorite Christmas music as well and I love Joy To The World and O' Come Emmanuel. Kent actually joined a professional caroling group this year (yes, English period costumes and all) so my favorite pieces also tend to be whatever he (and his group) are singing.

passionsofjesse said...

You have to listen to "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" by Vocal Point. It's my new all-time favorite!!!

RiNNE said...

I love All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. Also heard that Michael Buble's version is dreamy.

Taylor said...

@RiNNE- yes, Michael Buble's version is quite swoon worthy!!
t.

patty said...

"baby it's cold outside" and "little drummer boy! L*O*V*E christmas music, it helps with the "magic of christmas"...
tftctw!!!

Ruth Kelly said...

My all time favorite Christmas song is by Bing Crosby, "White Christmas" but a second runner up is "Blue Christmas" by Elvis. My list could be ginormous.

I would love to win a give-a-way. Thanks.
Ruth

Letterpress said...

The Holly and the Ivy.

It's why my husband married me (and no, I won't go into details). We courted at Christmas time, and I even made him a nutcracker painted with bits of holly and bits of ivy to commemorate our time of falling in love.

I'm headed over to iTunes to check her out! Thanks--I'm always needing new Christmas music.

Elizabeth E.
occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

the smiths said...

yaay! what a great giveaway! i love christmas music so much...cannot get enough of it this time of year. it is hard to pick a favorite! maybe o holy night!

Faux Martha said...

I have always been fond of "Little Drummer Boy"...it reminds me of the matching outfits my cousin I would have to wear.

Terri Fisher said...

I love all Christmas music, but I have to say one of my favorites is "Mary Did You Know" sung by Mark Lowry, the author of the song. Many people have recorded this, but I think he does it the best b/c he wrote it and you can tell he feels his lyrics when he sings. Merry Christmas!

Chris said...

I'm a big fan of Wham!s "Last Christmas" and all of the various covers of that song. Thanks a bunch for this giveaway! :)

Jessa said...

I feel like a winner. And what a great prize!

ChelMo said...

Although not really a Christmas song per se (though it's from a holiday album) is "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson. Breathtakingly beautiful. Knowing of your affinity for Mindy, I guarantee you'd love it.

As for actual Christmas music, I like pretty much anything from Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong album, Josh Groban's Noel album, and the new She & Him Christmas album.