Saturday, December 4, 2010


Music produces a kind of pleasure that human nature cannot do without.”


Christmas came early for Sweetie and I in the form of two tickets to see/hear the symphony again. This time the music was Handel's Messiah and I must say it was quite delightful. Many thanks to one of the ladies in my writing group who just happens to sing in the choir and just happened to have two tickets she wasn't going to use.

The music was great. Being in the company of my Sweetie even greater. But I think the best part of the night was being away from home for 3 hours and not once thinking about what was happening in my absence. Once I sat down in my seat (where, by the way, it felt like we could reach out and play a few notes on the kettle drum) and turned off my phone I also turned off my caregiver mode. It really is great to get away from the madding crowd and let my body, mind and spirit relax. It's also good for Dad to spend time with his other daughters. It was definitely a win-win situation anyway you look at it.

While I'm on the subject of music, I rifled through cd's this afternoon and pulled out all the Christmas music. I have a pretty eclectic collection, from John Denver and the Muppets, to the Irish Tenors, to Raffi, to Nicholas Gunn. It might have something to do with my jangled nerves, but I find I really only want to listen to quiet, instrumental melodies.

What about you? What's your favorite holiday song?

Tonight I wish for you music that soothes your soul,
Merry ME


Fire Byrd said...

At the moment.... silence. I haven't had any music on for a while, which is rare as usually it's going on in the background.
And as for Christmas music it is there everywhere I go driving me nuts. But to hear the carols of my childhood well that's a differnt matter.
PS forgot to say love the festive header!

Qn Dani said...

Uhmmm...I have to choose a favorite? I LOVE the older Christmas music - NOT the barking dogs (grates on my last nerve), or Alvin & the Chipmunks & all that screaming, or Grandma getting run over by a reindeer.

But if I had to choose a favorite it would be a tie between Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel, O Holy Night and I'll be home for Christmas.

AkasaWolfSong said...

You and Sweetie look so festive Mary! :) So happy to see you out and about and experiencing the gift of Music and Handel's Messiah is one of my favorites!

I think my most favorite holiday song is Silent Night...always has been and always will be...followed by Ave Maria and O Holy Night...they just do something to my heartstrings.

By the way...check your inbox as I've left a message for you there!

Big Hugs and lots of Holiday Miracles to You and Yours!

I love you!

Jennifer said...

I'm listening to a new cd mix I made over the weekend on my laptop Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Taylor Swift, Joss Stone, Don Henley and Trisha Yearwood. I love to do that! I made one of dance music and I put on a night shirt turn up the volume and just go! Love, Jenn

Tracey Catarozoli a.k.a Sally Sunshine said...

Merry Me!! You look so Merry w/ He!!! And I had to share cuz I just know you will want to listen to my favorites which are Breath of Heaven, Mary's Song (Mary did you know, that your baby boy would...) and Joseph's Song! When they come on, God-Bumps rip all up and down my body! You will love them!!

Oh, and I absolutely love the JEWISH group, Bare Naked Ladies' version of Comfort & Joy -- OMG so gooooodddd!!