Well, we made it – the first Monday of December! I know it’s been a particularly…weird…year this year, hasn’t it? Since it is December, our tradition here at Monday’s Music Moves Me is to relegate the entire month of December for the theme of Christmas tunes.
I’m always on board for Christmas tunes – I love this time of year. Not just because Wednesday happens to be my birthday, but I love the lights, music, and spirit of the season. So, grab your favorite Christmas tune(s) and come dance merrily with us, won’t you?
Let’s start with a song whose music video debuted a couple of weeks ago from her recently dropped Christmas album. The artist posted on social media:
“Still crying because I can’t believe this is real,” the 26-year-old captioned a post announcing the new video. “Thank you @earthwindandfire for making a super-fans dreams come true! Thank you to the entire team, especially @charmladonna for making this video my favorite xmas video ever 🎄💃🎁🤰🏼.”
“5½ months pregnant with those heels 😩🤣“
The video shows the artist in several scenes in full holiday spirit from sporting ornaments on her face to wearing a winter white dress to sporting a giant red bow as she sings with the iconic group.
We’re kicking things off with the inimitable Megan Trainor featuring Earth, Wind & Fire with “Holidays”:
Next up, these brothers are ringing in the holidays early with their new seasonal jingle. The piano ballad sees the brothers showing their appreciation for the yuletide season, a time to gather together as a family and relive childhood memories of opening presents on Christmas Day:
“I miss the feeling / Waiting for Santa to show / Caroling late night / And all the childrenʼs eyes aglow.”
“I need you Christmas / Oh how I miss you the most / Greetings from loved ones / And lovers under mistletoe.”
The festive music video shows actual home video from the brothers’ household on Christmas over the years, with the three opening their presents around the tree as children and as adults. They were quoted as saying:
“With having such a crazy year, we all really need something to look forward to. The holidays is a time that brings us together and is something that brings us joy in the darkest of times…For us, this song stirs up memories of childhood snowball fights and finding the nearest hill to sled. It brings us back to spending time with family setting up the Christmas tree. Hopefully, it can bring you guys the same feelings of warmth and happiness that creating it has brought us.”
Get ready for some ‘awwww’ moments, here are the Jonas Brothers with “I Need You Christmas”:
Next up, for this artist, Christmas has always been about the surprise of a baby born in Bethlehem. This year, though, the popular Christian singer-songwriter is getting his own personal Christmas surprise: His wife is unexpectedly pregnant with their third daughter — and her due date is just 11 days before the holiday.
Not about to ignore the parallels, the artist created a new Christmas song that simultaneously celebrates both births.
“I started thinking about how I could write a lyric that talks about my baby being born at Christmas and then talks about ‘the baby,’ Jesus, being born at Christmas, and that each line would match and would have a double meaning.”
The words are a spot-on portrayal of his reaction to his wife’s pregnancy. Already the parents of two daughters, 9-year-old Ashlyn and 6-year-old Madison, the artist said the news was “the surprise of all surprises.”
He tells the story:
“One morning last spring, Lauren took a home pregnancy test after experiencing some familiar symptoms, but still she thought “there’s no way. When she got the test result, she said she just started laughing. She’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?'”
Breaking the news to her husband obviously called for a suitable amount of fanfare: She gift-wrapped the positive test and gave it to him that evening.
“I opened the present, and I was like, what is this? I couldn’t compute it. It wasn’t going through my head. And then I almost passed out.”
He immediately seized on how much a baby now would rock their world — taking on the responsibility of another child, returning to the diapers and strollers that had gone away years ago, doing the math on how old he would be when this little one finishes college.
As the artist and his wife look ahead to the Christmas season, he knows it will be unlike any that they’ve celebrated in their 10-year marriage. It is, after all, the first time in more than a decade that he won’t be going out on a Christmas tour. The COVID-19 pandemic, of course, has taken care of that.
But knowing there will be a baby in their Nashville-area home this Christmas, the artist isn’t dwelling too much on what he’ll be missing.
“The baby, you know, that changes everything. A baby changes everything — and changes it in a really great way.”
Without further ado, here’s Chris Tomlin with “Miracle Of Love”:
Last, but certainly not least, looks like somebody’s been passing around the holiday spirits, because this duo is ready to get “Lit This Year.” And they’re not singing about Rudolph’s nose, either. But hey, it may be a perfect song for Blitzen. This happens to be this group’s very first holiday song, by the way. Upon its release, one of the members was quoted as saying:
“BK, Corey, and I had a good time writing this one. We felt like we were writing the modern-day version of ‘Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer’ meets Christmas Vacation. The only thing that would make this Country Christmas song any better is if we could shoot a video and feature ‘Cousin Eddie.’”
“Get your holidaze on, y’all. This is a new one for us. T and I always felt our first holiday song would come at just the right time – we’re excited for fans to have something FGL to cheers to the season with!”
Get ready to dance, here’s Florida Georgia Line with “Lit This Year”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, I’ll see you on the dance floor, keeping that social distancing! Seriously though – hope you all are staying safe and healthy.
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!