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Christmas Music List [Dec. 8th, 2010|10:16 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
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Every year i want to put together a list of Christmas music, and every year I fail to do so even though I have a tag for Christmas Music. The real problem with my idea of putting together a list of Christmas music is that it takes work to do it properly and there's 175 songs in my Christmas list. So rather than list those songs one by one this year, I'll start with the four premier Christmas albums that a die-hard schpydurx reader needs to have in their collection:


Glad - Acapella Christmas The Night Heron Consort - A Celtic Celebration
Valery Gergiev, Conductor; Kirov Orchestra and Choir; Pytor Illych Tchaikovsky- The Nutcracker - Complete Ballet Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Live


I've also provided two amazing live-performance YouTube videos behind the cut.




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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2010-12-09 04:55 am (UTC)
I think it's interesting that you write that you attribute not doing this to not having time to do it properly. It's a very common thread for you--putting off posting because you are trying to write something properly, not being able to (make movies, take great photos) because you don't have the (very expensive) equipment to do it properly.

So I think it's awesome that you found another way to frame this up (as albums) and posted that instead. : )
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-12 03:48 am (UTC)
Thank you for giving me this perspective on myself.

At the risk of sounding totally narcissistic and self-absorbed, can you expand on your observation here? Do you think I shirk responsibility or am too cautious? Do I give off the aura of being a perfectionist? Would you say that I demand excellence and will not accept anything less?

Truth be told, I feel that this was a cop out of a post, but I am glad that I did it.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2010-12-12 04:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for taking it in the spirit it was intended. : )

I think that you fear failure. The pattern is thus:

*Come up with something you want to do
*Come up things that must be true before you can even attempt it--despite the fact that these barriers are often completely arbitrary/self-imposed
*Explain why you can't do what you want

It seems to be more of a protection mechanism, it's not about being a perfectionist, it's about being afraid to even start.

For example, when you were talking about buying cameras, you felt that you had to get a DSLR to take great photos. The fundamentals of great photography can be learned on a point and shoot, but when commenters suggested that you insisted you needed a DSLR.

(And while I will be the first to agree that having the right equipment does make certain tasks infinitely easier or more agreeable, it does not make them impossible.)

As far as this post, writing a post is better than not writing a post. It's only a cop out to you, your readers don't know that you intended for something much more grandiose than what you post unless you tell them. What you did here was very nice--you had something you wanted to convey (holiday music), assessed your constraints (time), and found a happy balance. IMO, the best blog posts are not 10,000 word essays anyway. They are short, easily digestible, and relatable.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-12 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you for taking it in the spirit it was intended. : )
I know that you've always got my best at heart–that's why I waited to respond to your comments. You provide me with a reflection of my blind spots; I don't take that lightly. As such, I saved your comments (the best) for last to make sure that I had the right timbre of a response. At least, that's what I told myself. :P

You do point out a truth that a commentator who used to be very near and dear to my heart has pounded home again and again: most limitations are self imposed and self is a person's worst enemy.

In this case, I think you've hit the nail on the head with an angle I just couldn't see. You're absolutely right, it is a protection mechanism. i don't know why I do this, but i can prove it with the example of T: I want to make a move, but I want to protect her and myself; ergo, I'm waiting for everything to be just right. Again, when I finally bothered to apply for my current position at work, it took three people telling me to apply and they damn near had to tell me that I would get the job before I applied. I wonder if my scholastic plans are just more of the same protection mechanism, ultimately putting off getting a "real job" and being successful at it.

Thank you for giving me a new perspective to analyze myself with; it will be in my thoughts a lot over the coming weeks.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2010-12-12 04:44 am (UTC)
You are welcome.

You provide me with a reflection of my blind spots; I don't take that lightly.

This means a lot to me, thank you.

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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-12-09 11:52 am (UTC)
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. ~Henry Ford
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-12-09 11:58 am (UTC)
The reviews I've read of Girgiev's interpretation have all been outstanding - I must give it a listen. (Thanks for linking it to it BTW, I admit, I opened another tab, speed-dialed Google, then typed in "nutcracker girgiev" found the first review, and clicked on the link - which took me to amazon - and only after I'd come back to this tab did I see it was linked to amazon, tell me - do you ever link to other online retailers? Why or why not?)

That being said, my newest is from the new conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, and is probably one of the greatest achievements of mankind to date. It should be entered as the 8th Wonder of the World.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-09 06:59 pm (UTC)
The reason I seldom link to other retailers is that I can earn a commission if my link leads to a purchase.

This is the the version of The Nutcracker that I've been trying to get you to listen to for years now. I had considered asking you to take a listen this year, but past performance dissuaded me from the endeavor as futile.

I'm happy you've found a version that you like.
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[User Picture]From: gradumacated
2010-12-09 03:27 pm (UTC)

Nicely done!


Love the album idea - great way to get a post done!

That final youtube video I've seen before - that was awesome.

I also have to agree with ehowton's quote from Henry Ford - quite accurate, and a sentiment that my step-sister-in-law recently posted on her Facebook.

Be looking for my DREAM Act post to be up around 4pm! That's a realistic goal, I think...
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-09 06:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Nicely done!

Love the album idea - great way to get a post done!
Thanks. Twasn't much.

That final youtube video I've seen before - that was awesome.
Yeah, shot in November, it's making the rounds.

quote from Henry Ford
I don't disagree with it.

Be looking for my DREAM Act post to be up around 4pm!
I'm all a-titter, though I'm more interested in how you surprised Texas with song. 8)
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2010-12-11 06:16 pm (UTC)
Give Celtic Woman's Christmas cd a listen, it's pretty good :]
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-12 12:23 am (UTC)
I'll see what I can do!
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2010-12-12 04:52 am (UTC)
That bottom video - awesome!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-12 04:54 am (UTC)
I do try to have some quality to my content.
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2010-12-18 02:46 am (UTC)
I would have loved to be present during that last video you linked. We have random street artists here who pop up and dance or do other strange things in the middle of a normal street etc and then fade away.. it sounds like fun to do and great stuff to witness. Anyway you are a very thoughtful Christmas music provider!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-18 03:04 am (UTC)
Does it get old or annoying seeing the street performers pop up out of nowhere?

whester and I had this happen to us tonight. We were in a coffee shop. Three kids came in an sang We Wish You a Merry Christmas–all three verses and then left to go carol in the next store in the shopping mall.

you are a very thoughtful Christmas music provider!
Why, thank you, Ma'am!
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2010-12-18 03:59 am (UTC)
I've never seen a full performance. I caught the end of dance performance in the middle of Federation Square earlier this year and just missed a few other events - I don't usually seem to be in the right place at the right time.

Your experience is pretty cool and very Christmas spirit inspiring!
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2010-12-18 05:05 am (UTC)
Except I'm not in the Christmas spirit and don't plan to be. It's just not Christmas yet to me.
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