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Music: Food of Love, Emotion

One of my favourite things about
the holidays is turning on the radio and hearing some of my favourite Christmas
carols, but also some original ones. They are expressions of joy, thanksgiving,
love, and peace. What could be more inspiring than these fundamentally
wonderful emotions? I don’t think it’s any coincidence that when I need to be
inspired to write, the holidays and the music of the season seem to do a great
job. For me, writing brings me joy and an inner peace, I love it, and I am
grateful that I am able to write. These are the messages of the season and
music playing at this time of year does an excellent job of reminding me of these. 

I thought, in honour of the season and to get your own inspirational festive or
holiday playlists started, I would share a few of my top-played songs of the
season! They’re all available on YouTube, so check them out and give them a
listen. Hopefully these will help to remind you not only what you love about
this time of year, but what you love about writing! Feel free to share your own
inspirational and holiday favourites below! I hope you enjoy. Happy writing!

#1- Aretha
Franklin- Joy to the World

            This is just an
exciting and fun version of a popular Christmas carol that you won’t be able to
stop yourself from grooving to. Nothing like grooving to get those creative
juices flowing!

#2- Faith
Hill- Where are you Christmas

            This song from the film adaptation of the popular Dr. Seuss book about the Grinch who stole Christmas. It is
a touching message about Christmas and what it means to a child. But as we
grow, Christmas changes with us, just like our voice and modes of inspiration
as writers.

#3- Mariah
Carey- All I want for Christmas is You

            This is popular song
about love at this time of the year. Maybe you can pretend you’re singing it to
inspiration?
#4- Kelly
Clarkson- My Grown up Christmas List

            This song has a
wonderful message about peace and reaching out to others. Use this message to
remind yourself why you write and the powerful difference you can make with the
ideas you have to share.
#5- Brenda
Lee- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

            Just try to stop
yourself from dancing to this. I don’t know what particular relevance this has
to writing in particular, but dancing around has always made me happy…and
after happiness we’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from inspiration. Also an interesting note, my grandparents used to live close to Brenda Lee in Toronto and knew her personally! There’s something about her being Canadian that makes it just that much more special.
Happy
Holidays Everyone!
J

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