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Have Yourself A Motown Little Christmas

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!

Motown Christmas

(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-

HAVE A MERRY (MOTOWN) CHRISTMAS AND A LION-FILLED NEW YEAR!

(xoxo)

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Somewhat-Impossible Christmas List

It would be easy to send you links of practical presents I want, internet. I could rattle on about material things I desire, but instead, I’ve compiled a list of things that are nearly never going to be achievable but I can still wish away towards! So without further ado, I present:

Lion-Haired Girl’s Doesn’t-Fit-Under-The-Tree-And-May-Be-Impossible-To-Get Christmas Wishlist 2010!

1. A job at Sterling-Cooper Advertising Agency on Madison Avenue, NYC, circa 1962.Sure it’s a fictional place of business and yes, I probably watch Mad Men a little too obsessively often, but I think I could make a real viable addition to the office, that is, once I stopped drooling over how beautiful my coworkers are and how fabulous the Sixties-Era-fashion is.

2. Ukulele Lessons (and/or just general lessons in how to be awesome) from Julia Nunes

Ahh, this girl. Where do I even begin? She is wonderfully talented at ukulele and guitar and sweet harmonies, makes killer videos and yes, internet, may be part of the reason why I first picked up a uke in the first place. If I had to pick a favorite video- this one is pretty marvelous. But please, go see for yourself, I promise you’ll end up a fan.

And while we’re at it,

3. Soul-singing lessons with Adele

She’s barely 21. This is her acoustic with no one enhancing any sort of sound. Homegirl knows what she’s doing. I. GET. CHILLS.

4. A DeLorean

Why? Because the way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

And finally,

5. The ever-present wish that MY LIFE WAS, IN FACT, A MUSICAL

What a glorious feeling this would be indeed.

I hope you have the merriest Christmastime possible and your heart stays warm (but just metaphorically, because heartburn really ruins Christmastime snacking) all day and night!

(Photo credits: 1,2,3,4)

Capital Playin’

Two things- I think my generation (and this includes me!) has the idea that whoever has the craziest friday-night-plans-photos wins a prize and that whoever discovers something brand new and exciting to do wins a second less-flashy prize.

So, in fact, would it be contradictory for me to include photos of my weekend excursions? Am I giving in to this competition? Is that destroying my image? Am I supposed to be above it all?

All I’m saying is if you’re stuck and out of ideas of what to do on a cold evening, pack yourself a frisbee and play on the lawn of the Capital building at midnight.

Works like a charm.

And you never know, you might meet a few Santas who will put you in the ever-infectious Christmas Spirit! (Even if these Santas smell like Creme de Menthe and Beef n’ Cheese.)

Happy early Christmas, internet! I hope you get everything you ask for this year.

xo

Officially Decembrrrr

Dear Christmas Carnival,

You were wonderful, as usual. Thanks for the cotton candy and sights and sounds. And you know, this coulda been a great holiday roommate picture, but the baby goat distracted me.

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: 20 DAYS!