As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, five senses, and sometimes the sixth sense, are stimulated with images, smells, foods, weather ... and music of the upcoming holidays; all the way into the New Year. Sometimes, intuition gives the sixth sense for ANTICIPATION. Whether we like it, or not, time moves forward and the current "calm" is quickly turning into the storm of the holiday frenzy. Then again, is it really EVER "calm"? We are reminded of the craziness that is about to ensue. But, more importantly, how many are vigilantly appreciative of the significance that these holidays represent? This has been a difficult year for many, even more so, than last year, or the year before that. Many are suffering and I believe that many more prayers of pleading are set to flight in hopes for expedient beneficial replies. Worse yet, prayers may also seem to becoming less heard. Many are losing hope. For many, the new day can be unbearable. Hope seems to be obscured from sight. Many are looking upon the holiday season much differently, than in the past; apprehension comes to mind.
I'm pleading with all hearts and souls in hopes that, through seemingly growing darkness, HOPE will become clear again for those who have lost sight; because of adversity. Hope is real. Hope is realistic. Every day NEEDS to begin with HOPE. Darkness is the absence of Light and Light instantaneously eliminates darkness. Now, more than ever, if spirits are not ALREADY inspired, this holiday season needs to inspire ALL senses, and sensibility. A GREAT NEED exists; a GREAT NEED that requires effort. Efforts are made in order to anticipate what will happen tomorrow. Every breath is a time for renewal and revitalization. Every breath is an opportunity to make every effort count, in HOPES for making the best come true; one small step at a time. HOPE BEGINS WITH THE ANTICIPATION OF WHAT CAN BE! Anticipation is the beginning of preparations. Anticipation is the beginning of excitement! Anticipation is the beginning of HOPE!
As far as I'm concerned, every day IS Christmas! I DO NOT proclaim about worldly possessions. I DO NOT proclaim personal religious beliefs. It is my HEART and my SOUL that proclaims the ideals for which Christmas represents. Muslims celebrate Eid-ul Adha, also known as Greater Eid. Jewish celebrate Hanukkah. Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all celebrate Diwali. One of the oldest celebrations in the world is the pagan festival Winter Solstice, also known as Yule. Mankind and culture proclaims differences, yet the spirit of mankind proclaims the same ideal that something greater exists and we fervently anticipate.
And, so begins my series inspired by the Christmas season and what this period of time can inspire for many people. My first, of seven videos, begins with my first track taken from my 2008 Christmas CD "For All Seasons". It is "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" made most popular by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters. I ANTICIPATE and HOPE that ALL will enjoy my spirit shared through music.
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is a classic Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas". The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 10, 1951 and released on RCA Victor as 47-4314 (45 rpm) and 20-4314 (78 rpm). Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951 which was also widely played.
A popular, but unproven belief in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, holds that Willson wrote the song while staying in Yarmouth's Grand Hotel. The song makes reference to a "tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well..."; the park being Frost Park, directly across the road from the Grand Hotel which still operates in Yarmouth. However, Grand Hotel was a popular name used by many hotels in numerous towns and cities.
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" was later incorporated into the pre-Broadway version of the score of Willson's 1963 musical Here's Love and can be heard on that show's original cast recording, where it is sung in counterpoint to a new melody and lyric, "Pinecones and Holly Berries."
In 1986, Johnny Mathis recorded "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" for his album Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis; this version gained popularity after its inclusion in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Gradually, Mathis' recording began to receive wide radio airplay, and for the past several years this version has been a Top 10 Christmas hit. In 2009 the song was covered by Connie Talbot.