12 Days of Seasonal Earworms You Need Right Now (Day 1)

My, my, look at the time. It’s already December 12th! Time for 12 Days of Holiday Music That Doesn’t Suck! Tempus certainly does fugit.

Here in Houston we have one radio station which plays Christmas music and has labeled itself “Houston’s Holiday Music Station, Especially the Same Tired Carols Over and Over Again and Seventeen Different Versions of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.'”

Okay, I might have added everything after the comma myself.

Anyway, they start playing the stuff in November, a little earlier every year, and last year they didn’t even stop until after December 26th. Last year, the holiday music started on November 16th. This year it started on November 6th. I’m not kidding. You’re just going about your business, driving along and flipping through the stations in your car, and then BOOM you hit that one and it’s Rudolph and Frosty when you still have pumpkins out from Hallowe’en.

(Maybe that’s just me? I mean, we don’t carve our pumpkins, so we do keep them out until Thanksgiving as long as they’re still in good shape.)

So, several years ago I decided I needed to post an antidote to the radio’s weary nonsense and its generally narrow rotation of songs, and so on my blog I posted 12 Days of Christmas Music That Doesn’t Suck, and the series became really popular. If you’d like to go back and browse through past years’ playlists, just click on the following links to Day 2 for each year and then follow the links at the bottom of each page to get all the way through each Day 12.

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2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Now why, you might be asking, do I suggest you start with Day 2? Good question.

Because it has become my tradition to honor my absolutely bonkers-crazy life with the same song each year on Day 1, an ode to the frenetic pace I’ve somehow managed to subject myself to. Maybe also, just perhaps, I love this song because it reminds me that maybe I shouldn’t and cannot keep going at such a velocity. Some health issues I’ve had recently have suggested to me I need a rethink, and I will be devoting no small amount of time and brainspace over the holidays to figuring all of that out.

In the meantime, please enjoy this unbelievably awesome and severely underrated song. (Also, if you pay attention to the bass line, you will notice that this song is notably deeper and more sophisticated than the average pop ditty.)

For Thanksgiving This Year…

Those of you who have been reading this blog for quite a while will remember the ridiculous experience I had some years ago with a Heritage/Heirloom Turkey, an experience I will never willingly repeat.

So a little wrinkle happened in my life last week. After Book Fair, which was wonderful and fun, was finally over, I had a teensy medical experience that necessitated a quick surgery on Friday. No worries, everything’s all good here, and I am likely to return to work tomorrow. (I will say my NaNoWriMo project has been derailed, among other things, but ah well, I’ll claw my way back to it.) But resting up this weekend has given me some time to plan my menu for Thanksgiving this year.

I thought I’d go with something a little different. May I present…

…The TurKracken!!!

And here it is all cooked.  *gigglesnort*

This is the Deluxe model.

My kids cannot wait to see their grandmothers’ faces when this roast beast comes out of the oven.

(Just kidding. I’m not doing this. It looks vile. I’m making proper turkey, and it will be awesome.)

N.b. I found these pictures on the Internet — all over the Internet — often with no attribution. Lots of versions of them, too. If these are your pictures, let me know so I can credit you. If they’re yours and you want me to remove them, just ask and I will.  🙂

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Early Earworm: John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton

It’s Winter Break and no one knows what day it is anymore.

Just kidding. I know today is Friday. I looked it up.

This is a song I would make into an earworm, but it’s really more appropriate for right now than for Monday, which will be New Year’s Eve, so I’m posting it today. It made it onto my 12 Days of Christmas Music list back in 2014, too, but it’s just such a good song, let’s have it again. Nice and mellow, for one of those days when you’re between social engagements and doing something ordinary, like cleaning your office, and it’s relaxing because it’s productive and not stressful, because it’s Winter Break.

I might be projecting.

Either way, this song is keeping me company right now, while I handle the filing and organize my journals.

12 Days Of Christmas Music To Knock Your Socks Off (Day 12)

Let us not forget, in this time of recalling the story of the Nativity, the one very human person who made it all relatable to a human audience. Here: a soothing, musical meditation, dedicated to all the mothers who actually make Christmas happen in so many homes where emotional labors are left to women, either by necessity or by choice or by neglect. Merry Christmas to all of you, and to all of you.

12 Days of Christmas Music To Knock Your Socks Off (Day 11)

I love this arrangement of “Winter Wonderland” and also love the way Harry Connick, Jr, plays it. I love the piano and love playing the piano. I loved the movie When Harry Met Sally, from whose soundtrack this song comes. And I love Christmas. I am filled with love.

12 Days of Christmas Music To Knock Your Socks Off (Day 9)

Happy Solstice, everyone! This entertaining song comes to us from Dar Williams, one of the best most-underrated singer/songwriters ever. Watch for more of her work in my earworm series in the new year.

And special thanks to my dear friend Amber who turned me onto her music in the first place.