And so just like that, Christmas is tomorrow. Instead of writing a long post about what Christmas means to me and talking about the season, I instead just want to keep it (somewhat) simple. 3 things –
First, I sincerely hope you have a very Merry Christmas, internet, no matter what you’re celebrating. I’m personally a Christian and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, but no matter what traditions you might be sharing and thinking of these next few days, I hope your next few days are warm and memorable and peaceful and special.
Secondly, the holidays can be really hard for a number of reasons, but my not-so-secret weapon against hard times has always been music. So, in the spirit of giving, I reverted back to 7th grade and made yall a mix cd!
Around Christmastime I get extremely sentimental, and so these feelings seem to go best with a side of hot coffee (of course) and lots of Motown music. What’s Motown? Only my favorite genre of course! Motown was technically a record label in Detroit started around 1960 and produced some of the greatest soul artists to ever grace the planet, like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder and SO many more. It had such a distinctive sound that influenced and changed music FOREVER. However, I’m not here to give you a history lesson (although if you want to geek out about it like me, check out this and this for starters) just to say that I love soul music with my whole heart and want you to have some. I’ve been a Motown nut since the fifth grade and never outgrew how happy these songs make me feel and how much they make me wanna dance, so, here ya go!
(to download, click the link and unzip the file, then double click the tracks to get them into iTunes!)
This is the tracklisting –
(If you make me choose, the last two tracks are my absolute favorite Christmas songs of all time and my absolute favorite versions of them. Sam Cooke and Otis Redding- nothin’ better.)
For all you music nerds (me included) I know that all these tracks are not specifically Motown. Most are Motown-inspired and share the same sound and time period so I put them all together. Also, as far as download policies and legalities go, the RIAA dictates that all music downloaded without pay should be removed after previewing for 24 hours (aka just enough time for Christmas!). So, I’m hoping these tracks will make you want to buy more from the artists (and if you need recommendations on soul albums, I’d be more than happy to help) but what you do with the songs is your responsibility!
Lastly, I am really stoked about things happening around these parts, the blogging world and in my life in the next year. I’m involved in a few projects that I’ll be sharing more over the next few weeks and I am so excited about them. I know I already said thank you, but seriously, thank you to all of you for reading this blog, I love connecting and communicating with you!
From this lion to you-