Happy Christmas 2015

In person or in spirit, may you find yourself close to those you love and care about.

Happy Christmas 2015  
 Hoping that the season, and your 2016 is filled with peace, love, hope and joy.

Krismasi Njema – Joyeux Noël – Merry Christmas – 즐거운 성탄

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Happy Christmas 2013

Peace, Hope, Joy, Love… Redemption.

Hopefully you find yourself surrounded by these values, and ready to pass them along this season, and in the year ahead.

In thoughts, or in person, may you be with those you love and care about, and celebrate that which is important to you.

Krismasi Njema – Joyeux Noël – Merry Christmas – 즐거운 성탄

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IR’s 2013 Christmas Playlist: Get Christmasy

In just under the wire this year is the 2013 version of the Christmas playlist. As in previous years (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), the criteria for a song to be considered:

– Is tied to a memorable event from the past year.
– Is musically meaningful to someone, or a group of people I care about, and/or have interacted with lately.
-Has been a popular song in the preceding year.
-Could be allowing me to send a message – but not always what appears to be the obvious one.
-Is a Christmas song.
-Is by an artist I think you should hear more of.
-A hands down cool song.

You’ll notice some artists who had new albums get a bit more playtime, and you’ll also notice some ties to Iceland – for good reason. There are also the same Christmas tunes that keep showing up, but we’ve tried for a different selection of artists for Silent Night, and Hark!

What songs were important to you this past year?

Hope you are able to enjoy the preparation, and start of Christmas tomorrow, surrounded by plenty of music, and plenty of friends and family. Be sure to Get Christmasy.

Get Christmasy

1 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Choir of King’s College
2 – Take a Walk – Passion Pit
3 – Inner Ninja  – Classified, featuring David Myles
4 – Lightning Bolt – Jake Bugg
5 – Young Boys – Sin Fang
6 – Christmas in L.A. – The Killers, featuring Dawes
7 – I Need My Girl – The National
8 – Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
9 – You Already Know – Arcade Fire
10 – Get Lucky – Daft Punk, featuring Pharrel Williams
11 – Let Go – RAC, featuring Kele & MNDR
12 – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Musical Christmas
13 – Pompeii – Bastille
14 – Back in Black  – AC/DC
15 – Pink Rabbits – The National
16 – Time to Run – Lord Huron
17 – New York Groove – Kiss & Ace Frehley
18 – Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men
19 – Changing of the Guards – Bob Dylan
20 – Silent Night – Michael Bublé
21 – Christmas Time is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Happy Christmas 2012

Peace, Hope, Joy, Love… Redemption.

These are more than just feelings or wishes. They are aspects of our lives we can take control of, and lead by example.

In thoughts, or in person, may you be with those you love and care about, and celebrate that which is important to you.

Krismasi Njema – Joyeux Noël – Merry Christmas – 즐거운 성탄

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IR’s 2012 Christmas Playlist: Rhymin’ and Christmasin’

As another calendar year draws to a close, it’s time for a little tradition. Unfortunately the latest blog posts have only been the traditional ones. At least they remind me that I should be writing more.

As Christmas approaches I took a look back at songs or groups that featured prominently in different aspects of my life in the past year, and reflected on the annual criteria for this list. In order to be considered for inclusion, two of the following conditions must be met by the song:
– Is tied to a memorable event from the past year.
– Is musically meaningful to someone, or a group of people I care about, and/or have interacted with lately.
-Has been a popular song in the preceding year.
-Could be allowing me to send a message – but not always what appears to be the obvious one.
-Is a Christmas song.
-Is by an artist I think you should hear more of.
-A hands down cool song.

After careful (and again rather hurriedly) contemplation, the 2012 edition was battle born: Ryhmin’ and Christmasin’. For the first time both David Gray and Death Cab were left off. The Black Keys had a big year within my ears, and around the globe and thus garnered two spots. The other double feature on the 2012 list belongs to the late Adam Yauch and the Beastie Boys, for obvious reasons. The only hat trick goes to the Killers, who always get their Christmas release added (I Feel it in My Bones this year) but also got two off their latest album, as their recent concert in Vancouver was lights out!

This is about the sixth or seventh year I’ve made a playlist for Christmas, but only the fourth time it’s been posted (2009, 2010, 2011). Comments and questions on the list are always welcome. What musical selections were integral to your life this past year? Music is a big part of our lives – don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation, here, or elsewhere.

Have a Merry Christmas, and be sure to get out there and go Rhymin’…

Rhymin’ and Christmasin’

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  2. Sussudio – Phil Collins
  3. Pick Me Up – Hollerado
  4. Closer – Tegan and Sara
  5. Charlie Brown – Coldplay
  6. I Feel It In My Bones – The Killers (feat. Ryan Pardey)
  7. Love Interruption – Jack White
  8. Rhymin’ and Stealin’ – Beastie Boys
  9. Runaways – The Killers
  10. Midnight City – M83
  11. Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
  12. Young Blood – The Naked and Famous
  13. Needing/Getting – OK Go
  14. Fake Empire – The National
  15. Little Black Submarines – The Black Keys
  16. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  17. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town – Pearl Jam
  18. Some Nights – Fun.
  19. Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
  20. A Very Vancouver Christmas – Dan Mangan
  21. Battle Born – The Killers
  22. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
  23. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  24. Silent Night – The Canadian Tenors