Like many of you, I enjoy Christmas music. I like the adding it all to my playlist on Dec. 1st. I like rockin’ around the Christmas tree, and the sound of ringing silver bells. I enjoy singing various holiday numbers along with Mel Torme. I enjoy the choral arrangements of the more religious pieces, and I tear up whenever Joy to the World is taken up a step on the scale. I also really love it when Rudolf wins in the end. Those other stupid reindeer sure are lucky Rudolf is so forgiving.
I’m really just a sucker for good music. It moves me easily. As some of you may know, one of my [many] other jobs is that of a videographer. I end up shooting a lot of wedding videos. Without fail there comes a moment, after the days of wading through endless video footage, after the endless hours of video editing, after the countless missed meals and lost hours of sleep (I’m such a slave to my high caliber work), when everything comes together and the video and the music resonate in a special way that only wedding videos can. That’s the moment when you know you’ve captured something special. It’s also the moment where video editor Matt admittedly gets really choked up. Although, it could just be the result of days without sleep. I can’t really be sure.
I don’t know what it is about music that moves us to these extremes. I don’t know why audio tones and pitches timed to certain intervals create in us feelings of such emotion. But I’m glad it does. It’s especially nice around Christmastime.