Your Favorite Christmas Music

November 20th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve started listening to my Christmas playlist, and I see that I really need to add to it. I’ve been listening to the same 70 songs for years now. Please tell me your favorite Christmas pieces, popular, classical, I love all genres (okay, there’s a lot of jazz that doesn’t speak to me, what can I say). I need new music!

This is a picture of the editorial team of Interactions, the ITP newspaper started by Eric Kibble, who, sadly, has since passed away. (ITP=Interactive Telecommunications Program, a grad school program at NYU.) I think it’s from 1987 or 1988. I feel terrible that I can’t name everyone in this picture although I recognize them all. Therefore I’m not naming anyone so the people I can’t name don’t get mad at me.

I’m easy to spot. The one with the bangs in the back. Why wasn’t I smiling?? Extreme Stacy Close-Up below.

Depending on the year, I’m 30 or 31 in this picture, and one or two years away from starting Echo, the business that changed my life and also led to my writing career, something I’ve wanted since I was 9 years old.

I didn’t have a clue then. I’d only gotten out of rehab one or two years before (the year I started grad school) and while my first year was rough—the process of getting back to life and learning how to think again wasn’t easy—by this time I was starting to feel hopeful and happy again. I had no idea how great things would get then, I was just so relieved to not be destroying my life on a daily basis anymore.

Instead I was learning about nested loops, how to animate, writing, meeting all these amazing people. Life was good again. Thank you NYU, Red Burns, and all my fellow students. (And rest in peace Eric Kibble. You were taken so unfairly soon.)

  1. 6 Responses to “Your Favorite Christmas Music”

  2. By mosprott on Nov 21, 2012

    The Roches – We Three Kings (whole collection)
    Tejano Christmas
    Bruce Cockburn – Christmas (especially I Saw Three Ships and Riu Riu Chiu)
    Sufjan Stevens – Songs for Christmas

    I do love a good Christmas playlist.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Stacy!

  3. By Stacy Horn on Nov 22, 2012

    Thank you! Other people have been recommending Sufjan Stevens.

  4. By Stacy Horn on Nov 22, 2012

    I love the Bruce Cockburn album!!

  5. By Citizen Reader on Nov 23, 2012

    I LOVE me my Frank Sinatra Christmas music. Smooth!
    Also like the Weepies “All That I want” (even if it did get overused on the JCPenneys (I think?) ad that one year:

    And Gaudete by the Mediaeval Baebes.

    And of course the Charlie Brown Christmas.

    Happy Listening! (And hey–what is already on your playlist? Would love to hear.)

  6. By Kayo on Dec 16, 2012

    The Pretenders – 2,000 Miles
    Bing Crosby and David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy

    Thinking of Little Drummer Boy, I heard a version last weekend that was a mashup with Bolero.

    Also Chanticleer’s Christmas CD makes me melt.

  7. By Stacy Horn on Dec 21, 2012

    Thanks for the link, that was fun. And I love Chanticleer! They sing every year during the holiday season at the Met.

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