Monthly Mixtape: Twinkling Tinsel and Evergreen Needles

HO HO HOOOOOOOw did I almost not make you a mixtape this Christmas? How?


Monthy Mixtape: Twinkling Tinsel and Evergreen Needles

Because this whole time I’ve even mourning in my head and out loud to everyone, ” I can’t top last year. I can’t. There’s no way. I’m done. Throwing in the towel. Handin’ in my keys.”

But you guys. I have to say, over the course of 24 hours, this mixtape turned from emo folksy mustache to . . .  well, emo folksy mustache WITH GROOVE TOWN. Basically, I dig this mix way more than I expected. Hello, Marvin Gaye’s Purple Snowflakes will change the direction of your Christmas soul forever.

And instead of sticking to my traditional 12-15 songs per list (SO NOT TO WEAR YOU OUT), I went with 25 songs! Get it? 25? Dec 25t- right.

And let me tell you now, the ending of this playlist (IF YOU LISTEN IN THE INTENDED ORDER. <—this is me scolding you. I know what you people do.), the veeeery last song is an unbelievable show-stopping choral piece by Eric Whitacre, this insanely popular modern composer known for this virtual choirs all over the world. It’s weird, he’s way into dissonant chords, but totally looks like he’s on SNL’s The Californians. The song though, is heart-wrenchingly beautiful. In form, it is vocal perfection. In structure, transcending and soul-altering. Aaron and I heard this song for the first time a handful of Christmases back, and we were both left speechless with tight throats and misty eyes. SERIOUSLY.

So make it all the way through! It’s more than worth it. And try not to listen in shuffle mode, if you can! (<–more scolding.)

I lu-huuuve this mixtape. Indie, folksy, gentle, fun, soothing, hip, groovy, fresh, unexpected. NEW to the ears. It’s so good! Can’t wait for your face.

I give you . . . the “Twinkling Tinsel and Evergreen Needles” mix.

This time LAST YEAR.

Two years back.

THREE years back.

Ho ho ho?

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7 Responses to Monthly Mixtape: Twinkling Tinsel and Evergreen Needles

  1. Cathy December 2, 2018 at 1:34 pm #
    Love! Thank you that was really nice to listen to.
  2. Ashley December 3, 2018 at 7:12 am #
    Love this playlist, thanks! I've been feeling a very chill vibe for the Christmas music so far... maybe because of the early Thanksgiving? I'll probably be in the mood for more Bing and jingle jangle later in the season. This is perfect. Beta Radio's and Friction Bailey's Christmas albums have been on repeat at my house and this will fit right in. Also, the Eric Whitacre song. Chills.
  3. CJ | A Well-Read Tart December 3, 2018 at 7:30 am #
    I just discovered Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' "Funky Little Drummer Boy." I am listening to this song (and all the others from that album) on repeat: I love me some traditional carols (Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas on Pandora is my jam all December long, especially when baking), but Ms. Jones gives me some awesome groove time. Love this stuff. Going to listen to the Whitacre song now, though. Because after that endorsement, how could I not??
    • Bev Weidner December 4, 2018 at 9:22 am #
      Omg, totally digging the soul Christmas!!
  4. Phi @ The SweetPhi blog December 4, 2018 at 7:55 am #
    Hi Bev, Hope all is well with you. I was watching the food network and saw your lovely face so I just had to come over to your blog and say "hi." I had a huge project I needed to get done last night and just clicked on your playlist to see what it was all about, and oh my goodness, it was just what I needed. The music was so melodic and beautiful and came at just the right time, so I wanted to say thank you for sharing it! Sending lots of love this holiday season, Phi
    • Bev Weidner December 4, 2018 at 9:21 am #
      Phi! You're so sweet! SO glad you're loving the mix. Hope you're doing well!

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