Snowflakes in the Air

So there are actually no snowflakes where I am (yet). But this weekend I'm headed up to the mountain to stay in a cabin with a few friends, and I'm really hoping for snow. Just two days after Thanksgiving, which came early this year, my dear friend (and fellow Christmas fanatic) Jen and I drove out to the Mount Hood National Forest and chopped down our Christmas trees. Since then I have barely left my house. All I want to do is sit (on my new leather couch) with a friend, in front of the tree, with a warm drink in hand.

I've been listening to Christmas music since Halloween - seriously - and compiling a list of some of my favorite songs. In my family, we have few traditions, but those that we do have are significant. I cannot remember a Christmas in which we didn't listen to the Willie Nelson Christmas album, Pretty Paper, as we first open presents in the morning. We also listen to it while decorating the tree, and last year I finally invested in a record of my own instead of borrowing my mom and dad's. Nothing says Christmas in the Parker household more than Willie Nelson.

You can hear my Snowflakes in the Air mix here. Enjoy it with a warm drink.

Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson Skating - Vince Guaraldi Trio Baby, It's Cold Outside - Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan O Come, O Come Emmanuel - Sufjan Stevens Aspenglow - John Denver Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky I'll be Home for Christmas - Frank Sinatra River - Joni Mitchell Song 3 - John Fahey White Christmas - Bing Crosby Christmas Time Is Here - Vince Guaraldi Trio What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Ella Fitzgerald I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun - Beach House Silent Night - Willie Nelson Listen (Listen, Listen) - Wintersleep Peace Carol - John Denver and the Muppets Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing - Sufjan Stevens Home Alone - John WIlliams Let It Snow - Dean Martin Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire - Nat King Cole Wallflower - Agnes Obel

Fall 2012 Mix

I'm the kind of person who listens to one song over and over and over again. Right now that song is "New York City's Killing Me" by Ray LaMontagne.  I could literally listen to it all day long. This time of the year makes me want to live on the East Coast. As the days get darker and colder, and the rain starts to come down, I dream of a crisp New England fall hidden away in a farmhouse in front of a roaring fireplace. This song invokes all of that in me.

All of these songs, actually, are songs that at one point or another I've listened to on repeat until I can't listen anymore.

You can hear my Fall 2012 mix here. I hope you enjoy it!


New York City's Killing Me - Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs (God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise) Today -  Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow) Helpless - Neil Young (live at Massey Hall) Either Way - Wilco (Sky Blue Sky) Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (Deja Vu) Song For Adam - Jackson Browne (Jackson Browne) Heartbeats - José Gonzalez (Veneer) Going Back Home - JBM (Not Even In July) Suzanne - Leonard Cohen (Songs of Leonard Cohen) Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac (Rumors) California - Joni Mitchell (Blue) Tuesday Afternoon - Moody Blues (Days of Future Passed) Bookends Theme - Simon and Garfunkel (Bookends)