Hang on to your holly, we have opened the can of ornaments, I LOVE Christmas music.
So, for holiday-themed motivation, I would recommend more modern versions on the classics:
- any of Straight No Chaser’s holiday albums (as long as the album has their version of The Twelve Days of Christmas because it is the actual best)
- The Roches’ album We Three Kings, a NYC group with lots of upbeat versions of tradition carols
- Peter Paul & Mary’s Children Go Where I Send Thee with the New York Choral Society (this song is on the album Peter Paul & Mary: A Holiday celebration with the New York Choral Society, 10/10 would recommend the entire album)
- The St Stephen’s Day Murders by Elvis Costello and The Chieftains
- The Rebel Jesus, which one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time
I have to run to an appointment, but I will update later this afternoon!
I just *knew* you would be the perfect person to ask. I listened to the Peter Paul & Mary holiday celebration album yesterday and yep. Perfection.
IMAGE BY SERGEY NEAMOSCOU
Sergey Neamoscou (tumblr) is a talented analog photographer born in Moscow in 1981. At the moment he lives in Paris. He always considered himself a “post card” which was sent to the wrong address and to the wrong country. He is in love with soviet cameras and shooting expired.
No guys, I need to stop and talk about something in this movie and how fucking revolutionary it was; something that I haven’t seen in a movie before or since.
This is a movie about a kid who leaves her birth family.
Not a kid who find that they have a secret lineage or something that allows them to find their ‘true family’ - this is a movie about a kid whose true birth family is made up of bad people. So she gets out. And that is played as the right thing to do. She isn’t punished for it or made to feel bad about ‘abandoning her family’. There isn’t an underlying ‘but they’re your family and you have to love them’ or ‘they’re your family and they love you even if they don’t show it well or do hurtful things’ message of the kind that I see OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER in media. Matilda gets out and lives happily ever after because of it.
We need a million more movies like this to counter the metric shit ton of movies that directly counter this message.
“The Cloud Dress” || Oscar de la Renta Fall 2012
when people are like
"omg we cant say anything nowadays without offending someone!!"
all i hear is:
"im too lazy to change a few words when i’m talking and full enough of myself to think my minor effort trumps the terrible life experiences of oppressed people"
We’re a team, aren’t we? And I’m so proud of my victors. So proud. You both deserved so much better. I am truly sorry.