The following was written by music contributor Jennifer Brown.
Holidays are a time when memories are made—whether it’s as simple as a country ham, biscuits and grits breakfast every Christmas morning or as elaborate as a proposal of marriage. We’re making memories daily and annually without even trying; they’re just there. So often there’s a soundtrack that goes along with those memories.
That musical soundtrack has a way of creeping into our memory bank and can instantly take us back to a place and time when a particular song at a particular moment touched our lives in some way.
My favorite Christmas song renditions are those that remind me of listening to my parent’s albums at the holidays when I was a child.
It was their version of today’s “NOW That’s What I Call Christmas” albums that highlight current popular artists. So, despite my (still youthful) age I never tire of hearing Bing Crosby, The Beach Boys, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass and Elvis Presley singing Christmas tunes.
I also think it’s why I tend to enjoy family friendly artists of today whose sound is similar, such as Josh Groban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall.
This particular Christmas I’m enjoying hearing my four-year-old son’s renditions of “O Christmas Tree”, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as he prepares for his pre-school holiday program. This year it will be the sound of his little voice recorded in my memory bank.
We all have December holiday favorites locked somewhere in our memory bank—what takes you back to your childhood?
Do you have a current artist or album that’s touching your heart this year? I’d love to hear your suggestions to stuff my socking!