Today is Christmas Music Day!
I bawled my eyes out at a Rod Stewart concert last night.
If you don’t know me at all – this may make you concerned. But if you do know me, you know that I’m a huge sap and can be found crying at most anything. I haven been known to cry during car commercials, totally average get-togethers with friends, and even the movie Old School. I can’t help it!
Ryan and I went to see Steve Winwood and Rod Stewart in Philly and had a blast. Winwood rocked out on the guitar and still sounded pretty amazing for being 65. And then it was time for Rod! (And I swear I’ll be getting to the Christmas part, just bear with me!)
Most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect that I’m a huge Rod Stewart fan. Have you noticed that my dog’s name is Maggie May? The first cassette tape that I bought with my own allowance money was the Hot Legs single. Totally normal for a 9-year-old right?! I would sing those sexy lyrics picturing legs literally on fire. I had no idea what he was really singing about.
Of course my music taste matured as I got older and my other favorite Stewart songs include Mandolin Wind, Handbags and Gladrags, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, County Comforts, and Reason to Believe. Perhaps I was born in the wrong decade.
So, back to the tears. I started getting all emotional and weepy eyed when Rod brought out his daughter Ruby. She performed one of her own songs and I was pretty impressed. And then, they started singing his hit “Forever Young” together and I lost it. I was so moved that he was able to share his labor of love with his daughter, the daughter he wrote this song about, on stage, in front of thousands of fans every night. Ugly cries for the next 10 minutes.
Next, Rod sang right to my heart by playing a Christmas song. And, not just any old Christmas song, my all time most favorite Christmas song ever, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. And the ugly cries just kept coming.
Christmas music carries the heart of the season in its melodies and lyrics. Think about it, what would Christmas be with out all of the joyful and familiar Christmas carols and songs we all know so well? I listen to Christmas music all month-long in December. It’s always playing in the background at my home, and I love singing my heart out each and every song. It’s good for you people! The music spreads joy, creates excitement, adds comfort, and reminds us of simpler time.
I cry my little heart out when listening to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. Rod’s acoustic version was so sincere and touching, I couldn’t help getting all blubbery.
My Favorite version is the original, as performed by Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis. Press play!
To me, this song reminds us to hold on to our cherished memories of our past just as strongly as we do our hopes for the future. It’s a simple song that is so beautifully written with the perfect combination of melancholy and hope to satisfy my old soul. It allows me express myself with my favorite emotion – smiling through tears.
The tears start streaming on the third line “Next year all our troubles will be out of sight” and then I proceed to really lose it at “Someday soon we all will be together, if the fates allow.” I’m crying, but I’m also smiling. Because yes, life is hard, we lose people, we fight battles, we “muddle” through but in the end our life is beautiful when we have each other. Our life is beautiful because we have love from the past pushing us forward and hope that things will be just fine.
So take the time this season to reach out to your loved ones. Take the time to recall fond memories and let your soul smile. These are the elements of life that fuel us and prepare us for what our future holds – both good and bad. Take the time to let your heart be light and to celebrate the beauty of your life.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the yule tide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away
Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who were dear to us
Will be near to us once more
Someday soon, we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now