Why I Love Christmas Music

I was at a party last year and I was talking to this dude, a friend of a friend, and he mentioned how he could tell I didn’t like the super loud EDM that was blasting around us. He was right. He asked what music I was into and I told him: “Pop music. Like, radio stuff…Broadway musical soundtracks…and Christmas music.” He was kind of surprised. “Christmas music?” he asked. “I never heard anyone say they liked that.” I informed him that it was the best and every year I get hyped for it. I saw him at another party a few months later. He remembered me. “Oh, yes, you’re the one who likes Christmas music.”

I guess if that’s my social legacy, it’s pretty nice one. Better than sneeze girl (Just kidding, I am very proud of my sneezes! Keep an eye out for my 2017 sneeze count!).

A lot of people say they like Christmas music, though they mean that they don’t mind when it plays in the mall in December and they don’t mind hearing it on the radio when they drive to the grocery store. I don’t just like it. I love it. As soon as my local radio starts Christmas music (mid-November), my radio does not turn off unless I’m asleep or I’m watching TV. I know every song. I know the lyrics to every song. I can recognize every version within seconds. I never tire of hearing them.

Buddy the elf reciting the christmas elf motto

And it’s weird because as that guy at the party said, most people don’t really love Christmas music like this. But I’ve been thinking about why I love it. What is it about Christmas music that makes me and some other people love this specific genre so much?

I think it’s because it’s so encompassing. There are happy songs and sad songs and religious songs and funny songs and upbeat songs and slow songs and songs that aren’t even about Christmas and songs about snow and songs about sand and ethnic songs and lyric-less songs and old songs and new songs and so much more.

And there are so many covers and versions that the genre never gets stale. It’s so great that known singers and up-and-comers can share in the holiday cheer. (Related: this post on non-traditional Christmas jams)

The Grinch commenting on Christmas music

I guess I just love that for a little over a month, radio stations dedicate themselves to playing solid holiday music and that even the sad ones still make me feel happy because they do represent Christmas and all it has to offer. For a whole month, I don’t have to hear annoying auto-tuned songs about binge-drinking and whatever other nonsense pop and rap music is about these days and enjoy the happy, simple themes of Christmas music.

Christmas music is, for the most part, pure, and I am thrilled that though music changes and styles change, Christmas music stays the same.

And that is why I love Christmas music and always, always will. My passion for it matches and even surpasses that of Dwight’s.

Do you love Christmas music? On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love it? What’s your favourite Christmas song?

P.S. Also leaving this here…can you help me find this Christmas song? I’m pretty sure I made it up, but just in case…

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7 Songs That Made Me Cry

Grab some tissues because I don’t mess around.

I’ve probably mentioned it before but I don’t cry often. Like sure, I’ll cry at series finales and when beloved characters die, but there are a lot of movies or deaths or scenes where I am not even a little weepy.

Songs are powerful, we all know that, but for a song to take a person and make them cry in approximately three minutes is insane, and especially when that person is me. But they’re so good that I keep listening and keep crying. The circle of suffering. So I figured I’d share these heartbreaking songs for two reasons. One, so you can cry with me.  And two, to introducing y’all to new music that I love. If you’re brave enough or got that waterproof mascara on, click play and listen to these songs that I managed to break through my shell and punch me in the heart.

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‘Supermarket Flowers’ by Ed Sheeran

Ed has such a lovely voice but this song is haunting. So slow and sad with those “oooooohs”. You can just hear the heartbreak. The moment that gets me: the change in tense at the end because that’s a moment, when it comes to people dying, that makes it real.

‘So Big / So Small’ from Dear Evan Hansen

Rachel Bay Jones deserves that Tony solely for this song. I’m not a mother so I can’t even relate on that level, but even imagining what this character felt in that moment makes me cry. The whole musical is about being alone as a teenager and Evan’s hardships but this is a moment where you see how much adults like his mom struggled and still struggle. The moment that gets me: when little Evan asks if another truck will take his mom away too.

‘Christmas Shoes’ by NewSong

I love Christmas music but this song is not a cheery one at all. As soon as I hear that piano at the start I know I’m in for a ride. Christmas is a time for joy and this song is a stark reminder that it’s also a time for giving and sharing because it can really make a difference. The moment that gets me: when the choir sings in the background and then when the kid sings at the end.

‘Me And The Sky’ from Come From Away

This musical is full of sad and sweet stories and moments that’ll make you tear up, but none more than this song. The first three quarters of the song are positive and inspirational (which, if I’m being honest, makes me cry a little too, but happy tears) and then it just shifts and becomes so much more and so much more real and you can’t help but cry as you hear this character’s perspective on such a tragedy. The moment that gets me: when she mentions the bomb and the music just stops.

‘If You Say So’ by Lea Michele

Okay, I was a huge Glee fan, so when Cory Monteith died, it changed everything. And then a few months later Lea Michele, his girlfriend and co-star, releases this song and it’s just so real and as a fan I can’t help but cry. His death was tragic and amid such a fun album, there’s this song that was added late but holds so much emotion. And it’s based off of their real life last conversation, so it’s even more heartbreaking. The moment that gets me: the bridge because it gets faster like a rush of emotions.

‘It’s Quiet Uptown’ from Hamilton

All the rap and revolution in this show, and then there’s this song: slow and soft and just heartbreaking. The harmonies are perfect and having the ladies sing some parts and the men sing other parts make it so much more deep. The death of a child is something no parent should go through, so having to hear Alex and Eliza go through it is just so sad. The moment that gets me: when it slows down again Angelica sings some more.

‘Piece By Piece’ by Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has a beautiful voice and it makes this song so much more sad. When she sang this on American Idol, it was so moving. The arrangement on the piano is perfect and I’m so glad they released a studio version of it. The moment that gets me: when she sings about her daughter and how she’ll have a better life.

I’m not ashamed to admit that these songs made me and some still make me cry. They’ll probably make you cry, too after a few listens. Pay attention to the lyrics because they are what got me. And because I shared my sad songs, if you’ve got a song that makes you cry, let me know so I can listen to it. Spread the tears!

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3 Songs I Relate To On A Deep Level

Do you ever hear a song and the lyrics just speak to you? Like the songwriter reached into your specific soul and then wrote a song? I know a lot of songs are purposely general so many people can connect to them, or connect to parts at least, but once in a while I find a song that could have been written by me because it’s just so…perfectly perfect.

I think it’s brilliant that I can find songs that really define me. So here are three songs in no particular order that I relate to on another level.

1. ‘Here’ by Alessia Cara

I like going to parties. I have one friend who is great about inviting me out when he can and I always have a good time, but really, it’s not my scene. Those parties are always too loud and I hate the EDM music and I never drink enough to really have fun. I’m always Party Mom, but I’m okay with that. So the fact that a young, up and coming artist like Alessia Cara would release a song about not liking such a huge part of youth culture is really cool. She expresses herself honestly but not rudely. Really, I’m just glad to get an invite, so I’ll go and play Kings Cup and make small talk with randos, but it’s not what I’d rather be doing.

2. ‘When He Sees Me’ from Waitress The Musical

This is my favourite song from this show, which by the way has an amazing soundtrack, so huge shoutout to Sara Bareilles for her fantastic music ability. But this song! I totally understand Dawn’s fear of putting herself out there and her fear of rejection as well as love. Do you ever really know a person? I’ve seen enough episodes of Who The Bleep Did I Marry? to know that you really can’t be too careful. But this song is just so beautiful and fun and deep and hopeful and real. This expression of emotions is so fresh and relatable. There needs to be more characters like Dawn out there.

3. ‘As Long As There’s Christmas’ by Aselin Debison

I love Christmas. I love everything about it. That will never change. I love Christmas music and this song is such a fun, sweet song that really sums up how much this holiday means to me and how I’ll always look forward to it with a childlike glee. She mentions so many lovely and heartwarming parts of the season and they’re all parts I and surely many others love too. This isn’t my favourite Christmas song, but it speaks to me the most and I always turn up the volume each time it comes on. It’s a happy song and I love that.

What songs speak to you? Feel free to send me a link so I can hear them and get to know you better. Songs are able to express feelings and notions in such a unique way, so I think it lucky to be able to find a few gems that you really identify with.

That’s all for now!

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Help! I’m Looking For A Christmas Song!

Here I am, a lowly blogger, trying to harness any readers and the internet to help me with a mission that I’ve been on for years. I’m at the point where a part of me believes the song I’ve been looking for never existed.

Here’s the story:

I remember sitting on my bed listening to the radio on my purple stereo and hearing a Christmas song that I fell in love with. I remember finding it on iTunes, but I never bought it. That is my biggest regret in life.

At some point, maybe a year or two later, I tried to find that song again. Only I never could. I’ve scoured the internet, used every song search engine, made pleas on Yahoo Answers, emailed radio stations and much more. I still can’t find the song. It doesn’t help that I remember very little about the song, and as years go on I probably forget more. Either way, I’ve spent hours and hours looking for this song. This paragraph doesn’t even come close to explaining what I’ve done in my searches or how dedicated I’ve been every holiday season. Just trust that the struggle has been real.

This year, I’ve reached my limit. My breaking point. I’m going to give up. This post is my last shot in the dark to finding the song and if this fails then I’m going to live my life pretending that the magical missing song never existed. A minor Matrix flaw, perhaps.

But here’s what I remember of the song, and if you know it, or know of a way to find it, please please please leave a comment or contact me.

  • I heard it in either 2008 or 2009.
  • It was upbeat, but not a dance song. Pop-ish genre.
  • I’m pretty sure it had male and female vocals, but I don’t know if it was a duet, or a male band featuring a female or vise versa.
  • It was an original song.
  • It was a happy Christmas song.
  • There was a lyric that was sort of like “why is it only once a year that the family gathers” but that is likely off a bit. I’ve searched for variations and had no luck.
  • I want to say that the iTunes album art had a picture of a fireplace but I think I may have made that up.
  • I heard it on a Canadian radio station so it may be a Canadian song, which may explain why the general Internet hasn’t heard of it.

That’s literally all I remember. It’s not a lot, but it’s all I have. There are eight billion people on this planet, so someone’s got to know.

It’s been six or seven years that I’ve been hunting for this song, so please help me if you can. Sharing this post with others can also help, so please do so.

Thank you in advance for your help. Even reading this post is helping, and I am grateful for that much.


20 Amazing Non-Traditional Christmas Songs

We’ve all heard ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’. They’re Christmas staples. Every time a singer/band makes a Christmas album, staples like those are guaranteed to be on there, so we’ve all heard numerous covers of them. And if not from there then from years and years of elementary school Christmas concerts. Not that I don’t appreciate those traditional songs and all their versions, because I really do, but I always get a little more excited every time I see and hear original Christmas songs. In fact, the other night at dinner my parents and I were talking and we all agreed that it should be a rule that if a Christmas album is released there should be at least two original songs.

And so today I am here to list you 20 of my favourite non-traditional Christmas songs so everyone can jam out to some great new tunes! These are all songs that I’ve only ever heard one version of (the original) and maybe you’ve never heard before. There are some Canadian artists here that maybe don’t get airtime outside out Canada, so I’m glad I can help spread the awesomeness.

1. ‘I Wanna Be Your Christmas’ by Andrew Allen

I adore this song so much. It’s so cute and Christmassy and fun! This song is definitely in my top three Christmas songs ever. Plus, this song introduced me to the awesome singer that is Andrew Allen.

2. ‘Step Into Christmas’ by Elton John

This is a fun, funky song by the wonderful Elton John. He’s such a good songwriter and this song is unlike any other Christmas song out there!

3. ‘Underneath The Tree’ by Kelly Clarkson

This track from Kelly Clarkson is amazing. I’m so glad it was the album’s single. At first listen I fell in love. It’s such a great upbeat song and her vocals sound awesome!

4. ‘Wish List’ by Neon Trees

I never expected to hear a song from this pop band that I love, but when I stumbled across it, I was pleasantly surprised. More pop/rock bands from this era need to release Christmas songs.

5. ‘Cold December Night’ by Michael Buble

Fact: Michael Buble is the king of Christmas music. He has a voice of gold and his songs are always* so great. This was an original on his album and I love it!

6. ‘Christmas Is Coming’ by R5

I’ve blogged about R5 before, so it’s no surprise that their one Christmas song (which happens to be awesome!) makes this list.

7. ‘A New York Christmas’ by Rob Thomas

I’ve been to NYC once. But that doesn’t change the fact that this song, though over a decade old, is amazing and powerful. One day I want to go back to NYC at Christmas time and see everything all decorated.

8. ‘Mittens’ by Carly Rae Jepson

This is such a cute song. I feel things in my heart when I hear it. Carly has such a lovely and unique voice and this song deserves more love.

9. ‘Elf’s Lament’ by The Bare Naked Ladies (feat. Michael Buble)

If Michael Buble is the King solo singer of Christmas, The Bare Naked Ladies are the King band of Christmas. They have so many great Christmas songs and covers, but this one is a particular favourite of mine as it’s about elves, as not many songs are, it’s hilarious, and it features Michael Buble, which is a nice bonus.

10. ‘As Long As There’s Christmas’ by Aselin Debison

This song perfectly sums up my feelings about Christmas. I will still be the biggest Christmas nerd when I’m an old lady because Christmas is cool and so is this amazing song.

11. ‘It Ain’t Christmas’ by Autumn Hill

This is a very new song but it’s so sweet! Christmas traditions are always unique and fun. I like the country vibe it has.

12. ‘Christmas All Over Again’ by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

This is an old song but I only just kind of found it last year. It’s different and catchy and funky and I really like it. It’s not even a good song to dance to but I keep wanting to dance when I hear it!

13. ‘Home This Christmas’ by Justin Bieber (feat. The Band Perry)

Okay, don’t judge me because of JB. I’m not fond of him as a person, and though I like a few of his old songs, I really don’t care much for him. BUT this song is really cute and The Band Perry are great and so I had to include it on this list.

14. ‘Christmas Eve With You’ by Glee Cast

Glee covered many Christmas songs that I happily listen to year round. But they had a few original holiday ones, and this is one of them. It’s so cute and I really wish it was in an episode and not just on the album.

15. ‘I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas’ by Bon Jovi

I do wish everyday was like Christmas. But this song has the nice rock vibe and a great message so I adore it.

16. ‘Calling To Say’ by Serena Ryder

My father likes Serena Ryder a whole lot more than I do, but I really like this song. It stood out to me even before I knew who Serena Ryder was.

17. ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ by Chris Rea

This is a classic for me. The lyrics are pretty repetitive but his voice is really nice and the song is nice as well.

18. ‘The Magic Of Christmas Day’ by Celine Dion

Celine has vocals like no other and this song showcases them so as well as brings the fun Christmas vibes. This song is so catchy, and my favourite holiday song by Celine.

19. ‘Text Me Merry Christmas’ by Straight No Chaser (feat. Kristen Bell)

This song is hilarious. It’s only a year or so old but it’s super catchy. What I dig most about it is how modern it is. It mentions Snapchat! In a few years, people may have to stop and explain to a kid hearing this song what Snapchat is. This song screams non-traditional and I love it.

20. ‘My Only Wish (This Year)’ by Britney Spears

No matter what you think about Britney Spears or her music, there’s no denying that this song is great and timeless.

There ya have it, folks. 20 amazing, powerful songs that scream Christmas and fun and magic. I know most songs here are upbeat here but I guess that’s because some of the most traditional Christmas songs are slower and these days, fun sells…well, they sell with me. And I am the biggest Christmas music connoisseur there is, so…
I hope you all like these songs, and I’m interested to hear which ones you like the most or if I’ve introduced you to any new artists, or other non-traditional songs you love. I also want y’all to note that I do love several other Christmas songs so if you want me to make a post on Christmas songs that I love in general (including traditional), let me know because I am always eager to share Christmas music with those who appreciate it too!

That’s all for now!

* I’m gonna be honest, ‘Santa Buddy’ grinds my gears. It’s so weird and unnecessary and I’d prefer to live without it.