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
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!!!!