Thank You, Charlie Brown and Vince Guaraldi

I know I have posted many times in the past about my love of music, and how certain music can instantly transport me to special places and moments from my life. That is especially true this time of year – no other music connects with me like “holiday music” does. And if there ever were a soundtrack to a holiday, it is certainly this one:

Charlie Brown Christmas albumclick image above to hear “Christmastime is Here” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio  

As children, my little brother, little sister and I eagerly awaited this annual holiday special on TV – I can still see us all in a row, sprawled on the floor in front of the TV, waiting for Charlie Brown to uncover the true meaning of Christmas. This animated special is as much a part of MY Christmas traditions as the baby Jesus in a manger (no disrespect intended). It is music that defines a holiday, and the season, for me. Whenever I hear this music, I feel happy and excited and loved. That’s how Christmas “feels” to me – joyful, full of happiness and love.

I’m not totally sure, but I seem to remember reading/hearing that this was the top-selling Christmas album of all time. I can believe it – I myself have it on two CD’s and cassette (I know!)

This TV special soundtrack introduced me to one of my all-time, FAVORITE holiday songs – “Skating” by Vince Guaraldi…

Charlie Brown skating scene click image above to hear “Skating” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio  

So yeah, while there are no angels on high or shepherds jubilee-ing, no trio of ships sailing in or even a drummer boy rum-pum-pum-pumming, these are the songs that are Christmas to me. I cannot imagine anyone not having seen this special but, if you haven’t, PLEASE watch it and listen… You will be happy you did!

charlie brown linus christmasTo enjoy the ENTIRE “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, please click image above 

Yes It’s Halloween, Yes It’s Halloween…

As I get older, I realize that some things from my childhood are still the best…

Last night was SPOOKTACULAR, an annual Halloween party hosted by our dear friends, Mike and Chris. It was a GREAT time – and reminded me that the things we loved as children are often the things we love as adults. Like “dressing up:”

Mike and ChrisOur party “hosts,” Rose (Mike) and Blanche (Chris) – Sophia and Dorothy were there, too.

Hanging out with dear friends: Parma Houswife, Dr. Walker and Cruella DeVilleReal Housewife of Parma (Scott), Dr. “Walker” (Martin) and Cruella DeVille (Todd)

P and JGrand Water Buffaloes Barney (Paul) and Fred (Jeffrey)

Here are Rose (Josh) and Sophia (Mike)…

Rose and SophiaAnd friends are friends no matter what – meaning dead or alive, LOL!

Fonzie and Ward CleaverFonzie (Joe) and walker Ward Cleaver (Tim)

We had a BLAST and the party really only offered two things: friends (both existing and new!) and fun (games, food, libations and laughter). It. Was. Awesome.

We watched “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” played “Pin The Mustache on Tom Selleck” (don’t ask) and had a great Scavenger Hunt. The food was delicious, the crowd diverse/super fun and, all-in-all, it was just a great, great evening…

Martin and I made a lot of new friends and just had a lot of fun. I guess it reminded me that sometimes all we really need to have a great time are great friends and a willingness to be ourselves – and be silly. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays and last night’s party just helped it secure that title. Happy Halloween Week!