Somehow we’re already at the end of another holiday season, and with that the end of another round of Christmas Present. So let’s celebrate with a compilation of all of the tracks through three seasons on the blog. Continue reading
This Christmas Present entry again reaches back a few years, with a release from the late oughts by NLT, a boy band that failed to make much of a splash and ultimately had their album cancelled, but is notable for being an early stop for Glee star Kevin McHale. Continue reading
This one dates back a bit farther than most Christmas Present selections, but is by a popular artist of the past 15 years, and I actually don’t recall hearing it before this year, so it’s new to me: Rob Thomas’ “A New York Christmas.” Continue reading
While it’s been out for awhile now, she’s a current artist, so that fits the definition of “Present” – Kelly Clarkson’s “Grown-Up Christmas LIst.” Continue reading
Today’s Christmas Present entry takes us to an artist with a more than 25 year history of consistent musical output: Enya. The artist’s music has remained remarkably consistent in sound across multiple albums, but her popularity has remained consistent as well. Continue reading
Well, I didn’t make it posting daily for a year (a 10-week gap is confirmation of that), but I’m pretty proud of the 350+ posts that now live here on the site; it’s grown quite a bit over the past two years since I kicked it off Thanksgiving weekend of 2012. I haven’t touched the site’s design since then, although I might going into the end of the year.
I haven’t been lacking for topics; I’ve got more than 50 drafts of saved content that I wanted to post about but failed to have the time to do so. I may fill in some posts with that content since I still want it to live here, or they may lead to future posts.
But the main reason, for those keeping score, for posts to resume is the holidays are here, and one of my most fun parts of the blog is the ongoing Christmas Present project, which begins year three tomorrow. I’ll be posting holiday songs by more modern artists, which will help balance out all the Burl Ives and Bing Crosby (nothing wrong with them, but I like the holidays to have a bit more energy sometimes). Because of the growing list of recommendations, the selections will likely come a bit more heavily this year, as long as I can keep up.
For those who missed it last year, I established a Spotify playlist, and will continue to add with this year’s selections. It feels good to get this back up and running; let’s begin, and happy Thanksgiving!