I don't know about you but as soon as the Holidays are behind me, I breathe a huge sigh of relief! Don't get me wrong, I love all the excitement, the lights, Xmas tree smell, the food, and all the festivities but this time of the year always makes me feel alienated from my own life! I find myself craving what I think of as "my" normalcy!
Growing up, I was a complete freak about presents, well, to be more precise, mine in particular! I was famous for unwrapping my gifts and re-wrapping them when no one was looking just to find out what they were! I would be lying if I said that habit stopped as I grew older... Still to this day, one of my best presents was the blue double album by the Beatles.
So yes, we all get older and I find my excitement over presents has diminished over the years! Nowadays it's the get-togethers with friends and family that only occur at that time of the year "because everyone is always soooo busy any other time" that I look forward to the most! I can't get enough of those gatherings in the kitchen while someone is cooking up a storm, sharing beverages and stories face-to-face with loved ones! But there is another element that makes the season incredibly meaningful to me and that is music!
When I hear the first notes of "So this is Christmas" by John Lennon, I usually get shivers everywhere, but then, during the holiday season, I get to hear it so often that I eventually overload! Although I do enjoy some Christmas songs at the beginning of the festive season, I do not own any Christmas albums... Instead, over the years, I have created my own collection of Festive-Non-Xmas songs, or songs that have nothing to do with the holidays but still make me feel festive!!! I won't bore you with the entire list but I will say it does include single songs and entire albums, such as Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" and Lhasa De Sela's "La Llorona". Every holiday season I add new discoveries to my collection! Some of my 2014 additions were Mara Tremblay's "Lumières et Diamants" and Antoine Gratton's "Let Go Let Go". Oui, oui! My French roots are showing, stop teasing me!
We all celebrate differently during this time of the season but one aspect seems universal... Reflecting back on the year that passed, the new friends we made, the loved ones we lost, the upcoming opportunities and challenges... Along with a whole slew of emotions, those reflections always bring me comfort and a huge amount of gratefulness. This year, I got to welcome 2015 with a glass (meaning the bottle!) of my favorite rosé bubbly "De Chanceny Crémant de la Loire" while listening to ICI MUSIQUE, my favorite Radio Channel. Over the holidays, I was in the studio putting down vocal tracks on 4 new songs, drank some amazing wines and I got to watch many matches of The Beautiful Game while listening to Ray Hudson!!! So far, it's been a good year! I expect there will be a few unexpected bumps along the way but for now, I will raise a glass and send my best wishes to you and your loved ones,
Santé et Bonne Année!