Joy To The World!

Hi Dear Friends and Family:

The holiday season is here, and it's a time when we wish people Joy, Peace, Love, Happiness and Goodwill toward one another.  It is a time when these sentiments appear on holiday cards and in the music we hear in stores, the music we play when we host parties, and listen to while we open presents.  As one who values finding joy in every day moments, this season is the Joy Holy Grail!  

 But what I don't like is how these same words can be seen as corny when out of the seasonal context.  There seems to be a certain fear of being joyful and a downplaying of experiencing joy during the rest of the year…  But I believe in Joy and wish that people didn't spend so much time on the Negative… I believe that it's ok to live in the now, and see and acknowledge joy when it's not wrapped up in a pretty bow… There is an abundance of joy available all year and I love being around people that find that joy. There is no Joy Quota… It will not run out….

 So as I give you my top 16 joyful holiday songs playlist, my wish for everyone is to remember the Joy this music brings. Then throughout the year, if you are having a hard time seeing the joy in everyday life, you can come back to this playlist...hum a little holiday tune in June. What's wrong with that, and what’s so wrong with corny anyway?!  

Happy Holidays!  Xoxo

Margie B

 1. Christmas Time Is Here- Vince Guaraldi
      This is one of my all time favorites and immediately makes me feel happy and joyous

 2. What Can I Do- Taj Mahal and the Blin Boys of Alabama
     On Taj Mahal & the Blind Boys of Alabama’s brand new record, “Talking Christmas” which I had      the pleasure of hearing in its entirety a few nights ago.. I can literally feel the Humanity in Taj’s voice

3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Diana Krall
     She is so sexy, sensual and I love the piano

4. Christmas is Almost Here- Moqui Lund, Shea Welsh, Margie Balter, Bernie Dressel, Rick Shaw
    One of my favorite songs that I have ever written and produced with Shea  Welsh, and sung by     the divine Moqui Lund

5 Christmas Song- Bobby Lyle
     Love Bobby’s beautiful piano playing

6 . All I Want For Christmas- Mariah Carey 
     All time favorite get in the mood and Holiday Partaaaaayyy!

7. Secret Santa – Margie Balter & Shea Welsh 
    La Mers vocals are darling and really brought this to life!

8. First Noel- Vinx
    Vinx is such a unique artist and it is evident in this track

9.  All My Bells Are Ringing – Lenka
    This song is a rare find and super fun!!

10. Winter Song – Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson 
    This song gives me goose bumps

11. Baby It’s Cold Outside- Ella  Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan 
   Have loved this forever

12. Winter Wonderland – Kenny G
   This is ultra smooth and makes me feel super good

13. Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairies – Pentatonix 
    Super interesting way of doing this wonderful music

14 Breathe of Heaven- Amy Grant
        The arrangement is haunting.

15.   This Christmas- Donny Hathaway
      So glad to be reminded of this song that always feels so darned good

16. Holly Jolly XMAS- Michael Buble

 Happy Holidays abound!!!!