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christmas trees (& a december mix)

December 15, 2009


as i followed that guy in the above photo, carrying his christmas tree home with his daughter, i thought about my family’s annual trip to the christmas tree farm. i will always remember one year, when we found a nice big tree after much deliberation. my dad secured it to the top of our station wagon and we went to get hot chocolate. on our way home and while driving down the highway, we heard a sudden SNAP! and a WOOSH! and we looked out the back window and our perfect tree was flying through the air, landing in the center lane.


i guess that one of the hooks on the bungee cord tying the tree to our roof had broken. but the hook remained attached to the roof. and to this day, when my parents decorate our family tree, that hook takes its place among the other ornaments. and we get a good laugh about it (it took my father a few years, but he laughs with us now).

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a friend sent me a link to this article: “why i adore the night.” really good to read in my effort to embrace the winter darkness.

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and finally, i made a new mix!  especially for those chilly december evenings. listen to it HERE.

track list
+ christmas tv (slow club)
+ river (akron/family)
+ cool yourself (thao with the get down stay down)
+ the fox in the snow (belle & sebastien)
+ i can see the pines are dancing (a. a. bondy)
+ let’s go surfing (the drums)
+ winter winds (mumford + sons)
+ white christmas (the drifters)
+ the blizzard (camera obscura)

cheers and happy listening.

  1. December 15, 2009 5:07 pm

    So many good songs there Brian! I just recently got AA Bondy’s album – I am very much enjoying it. And I love “Christmas TV.”

  2. December 15, 2009 5:13 pm

    jeanette winterson is wonderful. i love her point about inner and outer lives.

  3. haeshu permalink
    December 15, 2009 5:19 pm

    i love this story brian. what a great memory!

  4. December 15, 2009 5:37 pm

    Fab story and lovely picture…feelin the chill today, but it was SO pretty this morning.
    Hope you have a good day tomorrow.(it’s supposed to snow!)

  5. December 15, 2009 6:51 pm

    I love the picture of the father with his cute little red-headed daughter. Coupled with your story it’s the perfect holiday post!

    PS – I sent you a note but it went out through a weird email thing so not sure if you got it…I got a Canon SLR! Very excited. I think my pics on my food blog are already looking better! Thanks again for your help.

    -Kristin (Carrie & Meg’s friend)

  6. December 15, 2009 7:39 pm

    i love that your family has a bungee cord ornament…i’m thinking you might miss that this year? i hope you have a good first christmas in london, brian.
    these two photos together tell a little story on their own. so nice.

  7. December 15, 2009 8:15 pm

    Oh! The idea of that tree flying through the sky for a moment is just priceless!

  8. December 15, 2009 8:31 pm

    i love how you use the hook as a decoration. it’s so perfect.

  9. Melinda permalink
    December 15, 2009 8:42 pm

    Love your stories and thanks for the mix, “just right” for the holidays! Hope you have a good Christmas.

  10. December 15, 2009 9:34 pm

    to this day i can’t drive with something tied to the roof of the car – too many traumatic memories of tents and beach chairs and canoes flying off of the roof as a child!

  11. marthasnail permalink
    December 15, 2009 9:55 pm

    a great mix and i really enjoyed the article. i had an experience tonight that made me appreciate the darkness too. cheers.

  12. December 15, 2009 11:12 pm

    Haha quite the adventure you had there! We still haven’t gotten our Christmas tree yet and I’m getting nervous about it ! Last year we were away traveling that we had to get it and set it up on Christmas eve – talk about stress for the parents!

  13. December 15, 2009 11:15 pm

    hahahaha…What a great story *especially that you still use the hook*

    Christmas in the UK is a very different experience. I hope you love it. :)

  14. December 16, 2009 12:25 am

    Thank you Brian! The mix set is great and goes perfectly well with your story and imagery! Hope you’re having a fine time in London!

  15. December 16, 2009 12:29 am

    another great mix brian! thank you!

  16. December 16, 2009 1:05 am

    the article was perfect.
    just forwarded it to a friend as well.

  17. December 16, 2009 11:37 am

    I always look forward to your mixes. New music! And they always seem to match the mood of the moment perfectly.

  18. December 16, 2009 12:06 pm

    Love the article on night and darkness! Esp love the comments about winter food – the time to embrace it and put away anything diet…

  19. December 16, 2009 11:50 pm

    Love your blog… Love all the pics… Loved the story… Loved the songs… Just about loved everything… Such a great start to my morning… Thank You!!

  20. mich permalink
    December 21, 2009 2:14 pm

    i cannot stop listening to mumford & sons and i have you to thank for this. i’ve even found myself transcribing lyrics on scraps of paper around the house. just everything about this album is perfect to me.

    i hope that you will see them and tell us all about it. living in texas, i do yearn for them to tour the states so that i may see them myself someday, someday.

  21. elizabeth permalink
    December 22, 2009 11:24 pm

    your site is like a quiet living room with a cup of tea. kind of like walking into a room that stirs an old and pleasant memory. the mixes are surprise after surprise. i needed that. thank you.

  22. February 7, 2010 1:29 am

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and viewing your inspiring photos for the last couple of months. As a small token of my appreciation I thought I would pass along the following link to AA Bondy’s recent Daytrotter Session, Happy listening!


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