Saturday, November 10, 2007


I love belly laughs. Yet, I have a hard time relaxing with a movie. But that all changed when we saw Napoleon Dynamite. I don't think I ever laughed so hard in my entire life. I still laugh when I even think about it. I was reminded today of how much I love to belly laugh and that Napoleon is a wonderful example.

I am going to focus on things I love. I thought I sounded a little grumpy with my anti-Halloween kick the last couple of days.

I love Stan Kenton. For those of you who did not grow up with my dad, I'm sorry! Just kiddin'. The reason I say that is because my dad is an incredible trombone player with great taste in music. I grew up with Stan Kenton, Dave Brubeck, and so many more great musicians. I think big band music is some of my favorite! I just love a good brass section!

So, in my home growing up, it just wasn't Christmas until you heard the opening bars of "O Tannenbaum" by Stan Kenton and his Orchestra. I know you aren't here with me, but I am humming it right now (and if I was super cool, I would put a link to the music right here--, but I am only a little cool, and someone needs to teach me how to do that). It is very subdued (trombones I think, with a little percussion) and then grows and GROWS into a fabulous musical treat.

So, go listen to some Stan Kenton, or anything you like to listen to for Christmas. Go on, i dare you!


Anonymous said...

Our home, it was Barbara Streisand and the Osmonds Christmas album. It just wasn't Christmas without either of those albums playing.
This is my favorite time of year, First Thanksgiving (where I get to eat all of my favorite foods, and be around many of my favorite people) and then Christmas with all the decorations and music, gotta LOVE it!

Sweetarita said...

Ask Larry if he remembers "A Snoopy's Christmas"??? Now that was a classic, we'll have to ask mom where that went- it was vinyl to boot!!! Maybe we can find it on ebay.