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Sounds Like Christmas to Me

The Christmas holidays offer an enormous variety of situations to your sense. One of the biggest is Christmas music. If you go near a Mall, grocery store, department store or just about anywhere, you’ve no doubt heard it. From secular and religious, to funny and popular covers.

Studies have proven that decorations and indeed music can lift your mood and enhance your memories, both past and present.  Growing up I can still remember my dad teaching me how to play a vinyl Christmas album.  You could only do so once you had the proper instruction so you didn’t scratch them.  Some of those favorites not only encourage me to sing along, but instantly transport me to those warm memories.

Time spent with my dad, mom, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and the alternative words we, our cousins and friends traded.  As time has gone by those memories are more precious than ever.  So que up you favorites new and old this holiday season. Music is the second strongest sense tired to memory. This is why patients who cannot remember yesterday or recognize friends or family can sing and dance to the songs they grew up with.

Here are a few of my favorite artists and songs…

A Pentatonix Christmas

Pentatonix
A Pentatonix Christmas

Pentatonix

Home For Christmas: Live From Dublin

Celtic Woman (Actor, Director) 
Home For Christmas: Live From Dublin

Celtic Woman (Actor, Director) 


The 50 Greatest Songs of Christmas

Various artists

The 50 Greatest Songs of Christmas

Various artists

Snoopy's Christmas & Other Holiday Hits

The Mistletoe Singers
Snoopy’s Christmas & Other Holiday Hits

The Mistletoe Singers

White Christmas

Bing Crosby

January 1, 1945
White Christmas

Bing Crosby

January 1, 1945

Christmas Alive with Soul
Christmas Alive with Soul

The Essential NOW That's What I Call Christmas

Various artists
The Essential NOW That’s What I Call Christmas

Various artists

The Greatest Christmas Novelty of All Time

Dr. Demento  
The Greatest Christmas Novelty of All Time

Dr. Demento  

December 8, Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

Outlander fans here is one more way to incorporate our obsession into our everyday lives. Channel your inner Claire and pretend you are a time traveler. Whether a trip through a stone circle, or a lightning storm and a Delorian, you can be from the past to this time or in Trekkie style imagine the future.

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Duncan Lacroix, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies (Actor)
Outlander: Seasons 1-3 Region Free

Duncan Lacroix, Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies (Actor)

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day on December 8th encourages us step from our Tardis or flip open our Omni while wearing clothes from the past. At the same time, we should act appropriately confused by certain technology. 

Time travel has captured our imaginations for generations. Science and authors keep coming back to the topic again and again, so it should be no surprise there would be a day to pretend to be a time traveler. The original blog post that got the day rolling can be found here.  For more resources on how to be a time travel or at least act like one, we can explore the wide array of television and movies produced over the decades.

For example, Doctor Who is in its 26th season. Some might say that might be plenty of resource material right there. Let’s not stop, though. We’ve made a list and some of them might surprise you.

Television

Doctor Who
Quantum Leap
Outlander
Voyagers!
The Time Tunnel
Tru Calling
Continuum
11.22.63
Fringe

Books

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

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Movies

Groundhog Day
Back to the Future
The Terminator
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Midnight in Paris
Edge of Tomorrow
About Time
Peggy Sue Got Married

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HOW TO OBSERVE #PretendToBeATimeTravelerDay

Act like a time traveler.  Choose your time period and decide whether you are traveling to the past or the future. Be overly shocked when someone says, “I’d kill for a double mocha latte right now,” or “That car is the bomb.”  Misuse technology. When someone offers you earbuds to listen to a new song, sniff them to see if they smell good.  Use #PretendToBeATimeTraveler to share on social media.

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Forward or back be sure to explore the possibilities you would encounter. For me it would be a hard decision. The past would yield men like Jamie Frasier, but women have few if any rights. You can not own property, a job, your children. You would have been subject to your father/brother/husbands rule. Trial for witchcraft at the drop of a hat or as happened frequently jealousy or spite. No cell phones, indoor plumbing, electricity, computers, radio, aspirin, and a host of products and conveinces we now take for granted.

Travel to the future would have it’s own challenges as well. Most of lack the knowledge of sciences, maths, and other skills that would help you succeed in this time. Indeed if Star Trek and Star Wars are a glimpse into our future, it would mean enormous leaps in all these areas would be essential.

Star trek
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Episodes I-VI
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Episodes I-VI

There is one other consideration here. The trials to ones mental health. Thrust into any of these circumstances while fun in our imagination would take a toll. Imagine all the acceptances required to function and in some cases just survive. You can tell no one where or when you are from. Both the past and the future could alienate you entirely from others or punish you severely if you let any of it be known. The same could hold true of the future too.

Still imagination and journeys are always possible in a good story.

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November 6, Saxophone Day

National Saxophone Day commemorates the birth of the woodwind’s inventor, Adolphe Sax, on November 6th.  The saxophone is one of the main instruments in jazz music.

Born on November 6, 1814, Adolphe Sax invented many musical instruments including the saxophone. Sax constructed saxophones in several sizes in the early 1840s. On June 28, 1846, he received a 15-year patent for the instrument.  The patent encompassed 14 different versions of the fundamental design, split into two categories of seven instruments each and ranging from sopranino to contrabass.

After Sax’s patent expired in 1866, several saxophonists and instrument manufacturers implemented their own improvements to the original design and key work.

Saxophone

Over the years, many great saxophone masters have graced the world with their music.

  • Stan Getz
  • Sidney Bechet
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Lester Young
  • Eric Dolphy
  • Coleman Hawkins “Hawk”
  • John Coltrane
  • Charlie Parker “Bird”
  • Kenny G.
  • Steve Cole
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Julian Adderley “Cannonball”
  • Grover Washington Jr.
  • Wesley Magoogan
  • Dick Parry
  • Herbie Flowers
  • Ronnie Ross
Great saxophone players

HOW TO OBSERVE #SaxophoneDay

Listen to some saxophone music. Go to a Jazz concert. Even play the saxophone if you have one. Use #SaxophoneDay to post on social media.

Look around you favorite music, see if you can find a saxophone. Listen to something new that features one.

Check out this great easy listening hit here. It’s one of my favorites. By Gearge Michael.

My recommendation

Ladies And Gentlemen... The Best Of George Michael

George Michael

December 1, 1998

Ladies And Gentlemen… The Best Of George Michael

George Michael

December 1, 1998

NATIONAL SAXOPHONE DAY HISTORY

November 6th commemorates the birth of Adolphe Sax. However, National Day Calendar® continues researching the founder of this musical day.

It’s My Party Day

Date When Celebrated : Always October 11 th

It’s My Party Day is today. Let’s have a party and celebrate. Do you really need a reason to have a party? Me neither, so let’s get this party started!

Party, girls night, find any reason to celebrate
Girls night

What a great opportunity to have some fun. It’s a party day. You can make it simple, or elaborate. Invite family and friends. Being mid-October, a Fall or Halloween theme is in order. So whether it’s to de-stress, you made it through the week, or just an excuse to get together, make it a good time. It’s your party after all.

Did you Know? Teen star Lesley Gore sang #1 pop music song It’s My Party in May, 1963. At the time, Lesley was just 16.


It's My Party (Single Version)

Lesley Gore

It’s My Party (Single Version)

Lesley Gore

Life is too short. Today is  It’s My Party Day. So, let’s party on into the night!


Origin of It’s My Party Day:

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.

We suspect there is some link to pop star Lesley Gore’s 1963 song It’s My Party. It’s only a hunch. We did not find any supporting documentation. And, the song was a #1 hit in May, 1963 (not October).

This day in History

Space Shuttle Challenger astronaut Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. (1984)

Holiday and History information http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/itsmypartyday.htm

Relaxation Day

Most of us need this on a pretty regular basis.  That’s what a vacation is for right?  But there is an official day for relaxation.  August 15th is the day, so here are some great ways to unwind.

As this is considered a national holiday, sorry school and work still on, its a great opportunity to look into ways to destress your day. By all means these methods work on normal days too.

Meditation

Meditation is a habitual process of quieting your mind and focusing on redirecting your thoughts.

Mefitationse can increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration. 15 minutes of deep meditation can energize you like a nap. People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.

I learned some really good technics when I took professional yoga. You do not have to use yoga or religion based meditation to get the benefits. Simple mindfulness meditation focus on your breathing and body. As you become more focused, you notice more about them. For instance you may notice your breathing a little fast, your heart rate is high or your blood pressure is elevated. Now that you’re focusing on it you can lower those symptoms. You’ll feel the state of your body. You’re muscles may say you twisted the wrong way, or over did it chasing the kids.

Visualations

Visualization or visualisation (see spelling differences) is any technique for creating imagesdiagrams, or animations to communicate a message. Visualization through visual imagery has been an effective way to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas since the dawn of humanity. Examples from history include cave paintingsEgyptian hieroglyphs, Greek geometry, and Leonardo da Vinci‘s revolutionary methods of technical drawing for engineering and scientific purposes.

The Secret 
by Rhonda Byrne 

There are some wonderful apps you can get for mobile, or pc.

Apple App Store
Google Play store
Relaxation from the Amazon App store
Get the music in your prefered format here.

No matter the method you prefer take some time for you and try some relaxation. How do you relax? Leave us a comment and tell how and why, best of all the results

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