Saturday, December 24, 2011

born on CHRISTmas day...and, Merry CHRISTmas!!!

Doing the last song today, and a Merry Christmas post all in one.

So first off, Merry Christmas!!
I wish you all the very best over the holidays, and may you have a joyous Christmas.  May we all truly remember the "reason for the season".  Before you put anything else first, always remind yourself that Jesus is the reason for all of the get-togethers, presents, families, and fun.  Because Jesus was born, there is a Christmas; and because of that, we can celebrate Christmas with all the fun.  But, always put Jesus first.

Song #25
Born on Christmas Day
Brad Paisley

Yes, it is a Brad Paisley one, but it is truly an amazing song, that is perfect for Christmas Day.  It talks about Jesus' birth, and how important it was.  Take a listen, you will really like this song. 

And one last time, 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


  

Friday, December 23, 2011

christmas like a child

Song 24: Christmas Like a Child
Third Day

This is a great song, that a lot of people need to hear during the Christmas season.  To get all excited about the Christmas season, and not worry about any of the rushing of gifts or Christmas food.  Just remember the "fun" of Christmas, and the real meaning of Christmas.




number 23

Tennessee Christmas
Alabama

Another oldie from 1985, by Alabama.
I'm not from Tennessee, but I absolutely love it, it's my favorite state. If I had the chance to ever live there, I would.  Never alone, but if my future husband wants to live there, I'd do it in a heartbeat.  So, when I saw the name of this song, I had to include this one in the countdown til' Christmas. 

Merry Christmas!




Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas Strait To You

Song 22:
Merry Christmas Strait To You
Yup, George Strait

Fun, little upbeat Christmas song from George Strait.

Merry Christmas!




5 days to go...song 21

Silent Night
Taylor Swift

I know many of you out there do not like Taylor Swift, some of you to the point where you cannot stand her.  I am not one of those people, and I love her version of "Silent Night".  It's a different tune than the original, and at first it may seem kind of boring, but if you finish listening to the whole thing, you'll find yourself saying that it actually was a pretty good rendition of it.  So, you can choose to listen to her or not, and hate it or don't hate it, but I will still love it.  (and might i just add that Taylor was among the best-mannered celebrities of 2011.  she was ranked #5 on the list for "inspiring young people with her music and manners")


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

oops, THIS is song 20:

(so, yesterday's song was actually #19, didn't really pay attention to the dates all that well, but all is fixed now)

What Child is This
Brad Paisley

Well, it's another Brad Paisley, and it's another from the CMA Country Christmas special, but this is my favorite version of "What Child is This", so I couldn't choose any other one.

It was written way back in 1865 by a man named William Chatterton Dix.  He was struck with a near-fatal illness and confined to 7 months of bedrest.  During this time he went into deep depression, yet during this time he wrote several hymns including "What Child is This".

Merry Christmas!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

song 19...

I'll be Home for Christmas
Rascal Flatts

This song has a whole lot more meaning to it for those who are related to soldiers.  Ever since the war started, this song has been centered around all the troops and their families.  Although there are many soldiers who will not be home for Christmas, they can always remember that there are many over here who are always thinking of them, and praying for them. 

And there's nobody better to sing it other than Rascal Flatts, with their beautiful harmonizing.  This video also has "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with it because it is from last year's CMA Country Christmas, and I could not the video with them just doing "I'll be Home for Christmas".  So, you can either watch the whole thing, or start at the 4:44 mark to just watch "I'll be Home for Christmas".

Merry Christmas


Saturday, December 17, 2011

song 18: virgin's lullaby

Virgin's Lullaby
Nativity Story

If you've ever seen the "Nativity Story" or listened to it's soundtrack, you have heard this song.  I love how this song gives different viewpoints of Jesus' birth.  They do such a great job of that in this song.  If you've never seen the "Nativity Story", I really recommend it.  It gives a great motion picture of the "Christmas story" (basically Luke 2).   Although some of what's in the movie aren't the truthful facts about what really happened, most of it is right on.  And it is interesting the whole way through.  Even though most anybody who watches it knows what happens in it, you will not be bored watching it. 

Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 16, 2011

song 17...

Merry Christmas
Third Day

This song (as you'll hear in just a few minutes), is a guy singing about waiting to go pick up his daughter from China.  He is saying how Christmas keeps rolling around, and yet, she is still in China awaiting a forever family.  I love this song, because it not only talks about adoption (from China nonetheless), but it also raises adoption awareness.  And Third Day does a great job with it.

There is also another adoption/Christmas song written by, none-other-than Steven Curtis Chapman (who, as you all know, also adopted from China), and this is about a little boy talking about his Christmas list.  And all he wants is a family for Christmas, it might bring some tears, but it is a great song, that also raises adoption awareness. I have included this song as well because it goes along with the other one.

Merry Christmas!





angels we have heard on high

Song 16
Angels we have Heard on High
Chris Tomlin & Steven Curtis Chapman

This is another one of my favorites.  I have dubbed this song as "my song".  When I was little, I always thought they were saying "In ex-CHELSEA'S deo", in other words, I always thought this song had my name in it.  Of course I was devastated when I found out that it really wasn't my name (although, in somed renditions, it still sounds like my name to me).  But the song still remains to be "my song" whether or not it has my name in it.

Here is one of my favorite versions of it, by Chris Tomlin and Steven Curtis Chapman.
The one by Chris Tomlin is more recent, but the one from SCC is way back from '95.
Enjoy them both, and Merry Christmas!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

hard life...

(Song #15 below this post)

Brad Paisley has done it again...given another reason why he is such a great guy.  He has a new single called "Hard Life".  It was written by his friend, Joe Kindregan who has A-T. 
A-T is a rare, fatal, genetic disease that combines symptoms of cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, immune deficiencies, and cancer.  This song was written for a charity called the
A-T Children's Project, and all proceeds from this song will benefit that charity.

This song can be meaningful to anybody who has some form of disease, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional.  Because (as most of you know) I have a physical disease, this song really hits close to home with me, which helps me love this song (and Brad) all the more.  It really makes me happy when people of that popularity are always "looking out" (so to say) for those who have diseases (especially those who have fatal, debilitating diseases, and those who have physical abnormalities).  It makes the rest of the world more aware of all the rare diseases that are out there. 

Also, when a song is written (as in this case), it makes people with a disease feel like that song (in a way) was written "for" them.  Not only is the world more aware of those diseases, but it also helps them realize how to treat people with a disease.

So once again, Good Job Brad Paisley (and Joe)!

signing off, this is miss louise :)



Hope of Israel

Hope of Israel
Michael W. Smith

Although this one does not have words with it, it is still yet another beautiful Christmas piece.  Michael W. Smith is one of those people who can make anything sound amazing.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

another josh groban one...

Song 14: Believe
Josh Groban

This is my favorite song from The Polar Express soundtrack.  It's a great ending to a great movie.  Although the movie's not really about the true meaning of Christmas, the song can be taken in many different ways.  Whether it be believing in ourselves, Jesus, etc.
But no matter what, "you have everything you need, if you just believe"

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 12, 2011

song 13...

O Holy Night
Martina McBride

A beautiful song, from beautiful lady.
This is one of my favorite Christmas songs.

Merry Christmas



Saturday, December 10, 2011

song 11: do you hear what i hear?

It seems to me that there are quite a few people who do not like this song.  But that's only because it's overplayed on the radio, and they don't ever play the right singer for it.

Hear is a great version of this song, that I'm sure you'll all love.
It's sung by a beautiful voice (I know, I've said that with about every song on hear). But, I wouldn't post a song that's sung by somebody awful. 

Anyways, her voice really is amazing.  And she definitely does this song justice.
Merry Christmas!


song #10

The First Noel
Scotty McCreery

This is a beautiful rendition of The First Noel.
(pay no attention to the annoying lady they show 3 times, the one next to jennifer nettles. who's not even close to excited about sitting next to jennifer or watching scotty)




Thursday, December 8, 2011

Grandpa

(song #9 below this post)

I have lost almost all of my grandparents. Except for my grandpa on my mom's side.  I just started realizing how much of a blessing it is to have him around.  He is such an amazing guy, and a great role model in life, (and I'm sure everybody who knows him would agree with me on that).  They always say "You never realize what you have til it's gone." And this is me taking advantage of that.  No, I'm not saying he'll leave us anytime soon, but I want to make sure I "receive" every lesson and wise words from him, so that I can live like he does. 

He is a guy who I try live my life like.  So many people know him, and yet out of all those people, nobody has ever had a complaint about him in any way.  Yes, he is that great.
So this is for you grandpa, although you will probably never see this, it doesn't matter.
Everybody in this video loves you, along with many more people.
Love you!

Signing off, this is chezzy.


Song #9

Winter Wonderland
Sugarland

Another fun one for today, you know, for "fun friday" :)
This is probably one of the best versions of winter wonderland.  It doesn't have any weird extra lines or parts to it, it's very simple, and it's fun and upbeat.  It's also sung by one of the most powerful and amazing voices in country music (well, any type of music actually. i think)

Interesting fact about this song:
It was written by a guy named Dick Smith (the lyricist) in 1934, who was in a sanitarium at the time being treated for tuberculosis.  After seeing Honesdale's Central Park (in PA) covered in snow, he was inspired to write "Winter Wonderland"

Also, Parson Brown refers to a Protestant minister.  Back in those days, a "parson" would travel from village to village to perform wedding ceremonies for those who did not have a local minister of their own faith.
But because some saw this part of the song as "inappropiate" for children (deciding to get married in the "spur-of-the-moment"), it was changed, in 1953, to "circus clown".
Although nowadays, you almost always hear it with both stanzas.

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Song #8 - Wizards in Winter

Wizards in Winter
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

TSO can take almost any song and turn it into something amazing.  I love almost every one of their songs, but this is one of my favorites, although I don't really know why.  It's one of those songs I could listen to over and over again and never get sick of it.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Day (song 7)

Christmas Day
(Michael W. Smith with Mandisa)

Not much to say about this song other than:
It's a beautiful song, sung by two amazing and powerful singers.
It maybe would be more appropiate for actual "Christmas Day", but I already have a song picked out for then.

So here ya go, song #7:

video



Monday, December 5, 2011

song #6

(didn't have to desert my computer at all; thanks to anti-virus programs, it is working and is all well and healthy again!)

Bring Him Home Santa
(6 yr. old from Tennessee)

If any of you have somebody in your family who is a soldier, and is gone throughout the Christmas season, you know how this little girl feels.

Remember to think of those soldiers always, but especially throughout this season, when a lot of it is focused on family. 

This post is for my cousin who is a soldier, and won't be home this Christmas.  We are all thinking of you and wishing you were here.  We miss you.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Alexis Joy

(song #5 below this post)
You will be greatly missed, and never forgotten.

You were the best dog anyone could ever ask for, always a best friend to anybody who needed one.  You were the most wonderful dog ever.

from one dog to another, millie says she misses you, and can't wait to see you again.

We love you



"best buds forever"

song #5

Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday
Brad Paisley

This goes along well with my "Christmas them" this year, and it adds a lot of laughter to the whole idea about not saying "Christmas"

(on a side note, i'll be bringing my computer to the 'doctor' tomorrow, don't know when i'll be getting it back, but i will still try to keep up-to-date on the songs. if i am unable to, i will catch up when i do get my computer back)


thankful

song #4:
Josh Groban: Thankful

Well, this really isn't a "Christmas" song, but it is off of Josh Groban's Christmas CD, so I'm counting it as a Christmas song.  I only listen to it during the Christmas season anyways.
This is a great song about how we can be thankful for so much, because when you look at the world around you, there are people who are a lot less fortunate.  It is a great song to keep in mind during the Christmas season.  Even if you may not get as many presents as last year, or are unable to see somebody, or weren't able to put up as many Christmas decorations as usual, there is still a lot you can be thankful for. 

Think of those in other countries, who don't have any presents, and never did have any.  Think of those who don't even have the basic necessities that we live with.  Think of the real meaning of Christmas, Jesus is why we even have a Christmas in the first place.  Thank him for that, and everything else you were able to receive this Christmas season.

There is so much to be thankful for!

Once again, Merry Christmas!




Saturday, December 3, 2011

Jingle Bell Rock

Song #3: Jingle Bell Rock

A more up-beat fun song for the weekend! With a very fun and great video.
This was at the CMA Country Christmas from last year.  A bunch of country stars perform a bunch of different Christmas songs, it's as equally great as the CMA awards show.
Enjoy!




Friday, December 2, 2011

Joy to the World

Song #2:
Joy to the World
George Strait

This is one of the Christmas classics, you can never get sick of it. I have always loved this one, it's so, well, joyful!

This may make me sound really stupid, but:
This song was written by Isaac Watts, and it's based of Psalm 98! I never heard that before.
Isaac wrote it as a hymn glorifying Christ's triumphant return.

Merry Christmas!