What Would the Holiday’s be Without Music?
Hello everyone! I’m Lisa A. Adams, author and music fanatic, and I am taking over the blog for the day! From the time we are little we are surrounded with music throughout the holidays. From “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer” to “Frosty the Snowman”, I believe music fills our heart during this time of year more than any other.
As we grow older, we listen to more traditional songs and spread our musical wings into other genres as well. The old time character songs from our youth will always remain dear to our hearts, but new and lasting favorites soon take the place of childhood dreams.
Today I am going to share with you some news of my newest release Saving Holiday and share with My Top Five Christmas Songs! (Some of which even make an appearance in my book.)
Due to the strong memories of my father and my love of the bells, this carol makes it to the list weighing in at #5. When the book opens, our hero Jackson Duggan, is wandering around the streets of the local town on Black Friday. Looking through window displays and seeing people hustling on the streets, calls to mind a very personal Christmas Carol of mine. “Silver Bells” was my mother’s favorite holiday tune. My father would play his organ and when the chorus came up, he would switch the keys to play bell tones and the music rang out clearly through our ears. My favorite rendition… Dean Martin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkKMHn1tpjQ
Speaking of bells… #4 is easily “Carol of the Bells”. Now there are dozens of versions out there. But my personal favorite is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Their use of metal and contemporary sounds have really livened up this old tune with some major bass and drum work. I absolutely love seeing this piece performed by a full orchestra. To hear the original try this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCabI3MdV9g Speaking of bells, watch out for the little tinkling bell in our heroine’s store. This small insignificant little object, becomes a major game changer for our new couple.
With my love of holiday music, you can’t help but mention great movies that have some Christmas jingles in them. Now, for my #3, I want you to realize that I have loved this song since Rosemary Clooney sang it some several decades ago. However, I have to admit that my favorite rendition comes from the newer Christmas movie “Elf”. Yes, Will Farrell and Zooey Deschanel sing the most perfect version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Don’t believe me? Check it out yourself! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7RMy7Vg0LU
My #2 Carol? “Do You See What I See?” This song has a huge impact on the hero in our story as it brings up past memories that he can’t seem to let go of. I’ve always loved this song, but found my new favorite version just a few years ago. Ladies and Gentleman, the best rendition I think I’ve ever heard, by none other than the Christian Rock Band… Third Day. Please listen, and maybe you’ll understand the appreciation I have for the sheer beauty in this man’s voice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9ioc0gTnH0
Now, here it is. Topping out at the #1 spot for years, and still holding strong… “White Christmas”. This carol has been remade dozens of times. In fact it was remade by the original singer to put in another movie. “White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby first appeared in the holiday movie “Holiday Inn” with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. This was truly an amazing musical film. However, the song was lost in the dozen or so other holiday numbers throughout the movie. Remaking the song and incorporating that song into a war hero story based on a white Christmas, made it much more popular. So without further ado… Mr. Bing Crosby. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSmB8R_xWaA
So there it is folks! My Top 5 Christmas Carols. I hope you enjoyed the songs and the links. And I hope that you’ll enjoy Saving Holiday my newest release from Breathless Press.
Holly’s nerves seemed to thaw and she lifted her glass again. “To new beginnings?”
“Now that, I can drink to.”
The time passed with light conversation and several more drinks. Holly found herself drawn in by Jackson. His mouth was tantalizing and his words tingled deep within her belly. Aching to be closer to him, she leaned across the table. When she rested her hands on the table and he began stroking her the ends of her fingertips, pleasure coursed through her as their hands touched and mingled on the table top.
Holly saw the return of the confident, charming man that she really wanted to be with. He was gorgeous with his trimmed haircut, Panther jersey, and those eyes that seemed to burn into her. They had changed from the brooding puppy dog to a sexy, seductive male who drew her in with every word and caress of her skin.
Holly glanced at the plates. One cheese stick and one wing left. “I’ll let you have the wing, if I can finish this,” she said, pointing to the cheese stick.
“Deal.” He picked up the wing and gnawed on it, leaving a smear of sauce from his lip to his cheek.
Holly giggled. She stood as much as she could behind the booth and leaned further across the table. Grabbing his chin and turning it slightly to the right, she kissed the streak of barbeque sauce then moved across to the edge of his lips and gave a gentle kiss again.
He turned to her and kissed her back, gently at first, and then harder and more passionately. He stretched towards her, pushing into her mouth and gripping her face between his hands.
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Lisa A. Adams writes from a little plot of country, tucked away in the North Carolina Sandhills. When she’s not writing, Lisa can be found in her sewing room, in a classroom, or at a local soccer field. Hundreds of stories have been sketched out and are simply awaiting their place in line. When asked about her family, Lisa will be the first to tell you that they have been the backbone of not only her writing career, but anything she chooses to pursue as well. She has been married to her husband for over ten years, has five wonderful children, and two very spoiled cats.