Archive for December, 2007

Made in USA? I don’t think so.

picture018.jpgSo my daughter-in-law had these cute jammies on for Christmas.  Lots of Rudolphs on soft fleece.  Then you look closely at the pattern.  Why does Rudolph have a brown nose and a red tail? Made in the the USA?  I don’t think so.

Peace on Earth

0347-34.gifGloria in excelsis Deo. Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Glory in the highest to God. And on earth peace to men of good will.

The message has been the same for over two thousand years.  When we will listen?

Vivaldi’s GloriaEt in Terra Pax

Favorite Christmas Tunes

angel_lute.jpg“Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?  Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand? Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod? When you kiss your little baby you’ve kissed the face of God.”

So many wonderful Christmas songs to choose from.  I have about fifty on my MP3 playlist.  Here’s a  sample, a list of great tunes to help you pass the time on that long drive to your loved ones’ homes, wrapping packages, cooking, or anything else.  Some of pop, others are not, but they all fill me with joy and remind me of special times past and hopes for special times to come. 

  •  “All I Want for Christmas is You”-Mariah Carey
  • “Please Be Home for Christmas”-Bon Jovi
  • “Christmas Song”-Nat King Cole
  • “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”-Bruce Springsteen
  • “Silent Night”-Lou Rawls
  • “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”-Darlene Love
  • “Carol of the Bells”-Robert Shaw Chorale
  • “Feliz Navidad”-Jose Feliciano
  • “Little St. Nick”-Beach Boys
  • “This Christmas”-Donny Hathaway
  • “Sleigh Ride”-Boston Pops
  • “March of the Kings”-Trans Siberian Orchestra
  • “Mary’s Boy Child”-Harry Belafonte
  • “White Christmas”-Otis Redding
  • “Blue Christmas”-Elvis Presley
  • “Gesu Bambino”-Luciano Pavarotti
  • “O Holy Night”-Il Divo
  • “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”-Johnny Mathis
  • “Mary Did You Know”-Clay Aiken
  • “Hard Candy Christmas”-Dolly Parton
  • “We Need a Little Christmas”-Angela Lansberry and Cast of Mame
  • “Ave Maria” (any composer)-Andrea Bocelli
  • “Pretty Paper”-Willie Nelson
  • “River”-Sarah McLachlan
  • “What are You Doing New Year’s?”-Harry Connick Jr.

Feeling like Santa

santa.jpgI just came back from a short trip to Tennessee.  Yesterday I had breakfast in Tennessee, lunch in St. Louis (airport), and dinner back behind the Red Door.  The weather went from downpour on the way to the Nashville Airport, to freezing sunless cold in St. Louis, to a mild, glorious sunset on the way to the Red Door.  Lots of Christmas displays and music in all three airports and cheery flight attendents. Must be what Santa feels like as he eats his cookies and drinks his milk in so many places and time zones on Christmas Eve. 

A Choral Christmas

sheet_music.jpgWHAT sweeter music can we bring,
Than a Carol, for to sing
The Birth of this our heavenly King?
Awake the Voice! Awake the String! 

( Robert Herrick)

Here is the list of some of my favorite things to sing at Christmas that I found on Youtube.  Beautiful music from different times and places. 

 Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Bach, J.S. – BWV 1 – 1.)

Bogoroditse Devo

Gabriel’s Message

Victoria – O magnum mysterium

Nativity Carol

For Unto Us a Child is Born (from Handel’s Messiah)

Shepherds’ Farewell

Gloria (From Vivaldi’s Gloria)

Dona Nobis Pacem (Bach’s B Minor Mass)

Surf’s Up

The latest Pacific storm is supposed to show up in my neighborhood tomorrow or Friday.  It makes for some great waves today.  Warm temperatures and beautiful clear sunsets to enjoy for the moment.pc050007.jpg

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Yikes!

images.jpgcriag.jpgI was checking out the latest news online this morning and the first two faces I saw were those of Karl Rove and Larry Craig.  Is it Halloween already?  Talk about rushing the season! Pretty scary stuff.