Monday has arrived, and Christmas is literally right around the corner… are you ready? I’m not! I did have a lovely birthday on Saturday, though – even though it rained cats and dogs. Since it’s Monday, you know that Monday means music!
Traditionally, we’ve kept the last month of the year reserved for Christmas music. For the first time, we’re opening the dance floor to theme suggestions for theme weeks but let’s try to keep the theme related to the holidays. This week’s theme is “Share songs that hold specific holiday memories from long ago or recent past” – so grab your favorite memorable holiday tune(s) and come dance with us, won’t you?
Let’s start with a song that this artist wrote back in 2010 about his favorite time of year. This resonates with me, as this is definitely my favorite time of year! He said:
“I wanted to write a song about my struggles as a traveler trying to make it home to celebrate Christmas with my family. I’m sure a lot of people can relate. Sometimes it takes tenacious desire!”
He released a cartoon visual to accompany the song because:
“An animated video gave us the perfect canvas for humor, heart and colorful imagery to my song. . . so bring on the holidays, baby!”
Get ready for some festive fun, here’s TobyMac with “Bring On The Holidays”:
Next up is a song from a Rock Hall Of Fame band that just last week released a music video for their new original holiday song. The frontman said:
“‘This song’ is a song that I wrote about family. The sentiment that Christmas really isn’t Christmas without YOU which can bring up a lot of memories for people. I also liked to turn it around and know that because of you Christmas IS Christmas”
Without further ado, here’s Bon Jovi with “Christmas Isn’t Christmas”:
Next up is a song that fits very well with this week’s theme – I go all out with Christmas lights (not as much in recent years, but I’ve started ramping back up this year, and I love the festivities of the lights). This standalone Christmas song was released by this alternative rock bank back in 2010 as a digital download.
The video, filmed at the South Bank of River Thames in London, shows the band performing the song on a small theater-inspired stage with red velvet curtains. They said:
“The idea for the video was like a magical, surreal theater show with loads of tricks packed in.”
A trio of Elvis Presley impersonators are seen playing violin, and the words above the stage curtain in the video say CREDO ELVEM ETIAM VIVERE. This means “I believe Elvis lives” in Latin.
Give a listen to Coldplay with “Christmas Lights”:
Last, but certainly not least, since tomorrow is my favorite brother’s birthday (sure, he’s my only brother, but we’ll let him have the favorite title, m’kay?) this song has become a tradition each year to dedicate to my brother for his birthday. Happy Birthday, Mikey – here’s a “Box Of Rocks” for ya! You know I love ya!
Here’s The Song Trust with “Box Of Rocks”:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!
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!