I know it's very tacky, but I start listening to the Music Choice "Sounds of the Seasons" channel on cable during Thanksgiving week.... As silly as it is to many people, I sometimes just enjoy the simple pleasure of Christmas carols to ease my mind and lower my stress. Among my favorites is “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” by just about anybody, especially if they sing the counter-point!!! I love two songs meshing beautifully through each other. But if I had to pick one of my favorite versions, it would be Kate Smith’s. All her 200 lb. deep contralto swingin’ phrasings barreling along with a hearty combination of sincerity and apple pie a la mode! Like having a Mother Superior, a beloved Irish police sergeant, and a lady gym teacher all rolled into one telling you about “the sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow”….. and she definitely understood the meaning of “sturdy”…. You betcha!!!
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