Music, Outdoor Living

Time That Is…Christmas. Again. Already.

Its That Time.   That was a theme of my last post here just over a year ago.

Time That Is.  That is the theme of my post here now…a year later.

Time that is…gone. A year has gone by and a lot has transpired in my indoor, outdoor, personal and professional life over this past year. I can’t get the time back and I’m not going to fill in the blanks here, either, other than to say that a personal tragedy affected our family earlier this year and gave me a vivid reminder of how precious time and life are. So, the long gap between posts here…the time gone here…that’s why. As it always does, music helps me get thru. As does getting outdoors. I did both; I just didn’t have time to write about it…at the time.

As the saying goes, “time heals all wounds.” So, the time that is…now…is a better time. I’ve reflected and re-charged and life proceeds with new, hopefully better, perspectives. As it should. And with that, we’ll re-charge this convergence of outdoor living and music. Since we left off at the holiday season last year, its only appropriate that we’re re-starting from there again this year.

timbertech_logoLast year, it was Dewalt tools that provided a surprising convergence of outdoor living and music…seasonal/holiday music. This year, TimberTech provided a more obvious, yet subtle, connection between outdoor living and music. TimberTech is an industry leader in low-maintenance, wood-alternative decking and railing systems. They are a preferred supplier to our Archadeck franchise system and we’ve incorporated a lot (a lot!) of their products in our Central Iowa deck and porch projects over the years. This holiday season, TimberTech ran a Facebook promotion called the #12DaysofDeckmas tt12-01 themed after the classic holiday song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” On Day 9 they asked for favorite holiday songs and on Day 11 they asked for favorite winter activities (outdoors); just two examples connected to our “convergence” theme here. You can see the entire 12-day thread and all responses at TimberTech’s Facebook page. A summary of the campaign can be seen with the  shares we did of each day’s post on our Archadeck of Central Iowa Facebook page.

Unfortunately, there is no real music to listen to in any of that TimberTech #12DaysofDeckmas campaign. There is a connection to the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, but no real song. That’s OK with me, really…some of the old, traditional holiday songs have grown old for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and its traditions…musically and otherwise. But I much prefer newer, contemporary arrangements and even new songs – with a little rock and blues and country and rap – thrown into my holiday mix. The “A Very Special Christmas” series, beginning with Volume 1 in 1987, started this for me and broadly defines my preference for holiday music.


paulkelly_book_645_normalI’ve branched out even further over the years, finding such gems as Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy” and kg-jingle Kevin Gordon’s “Jingle Bell Jezebel.” Every year, it seems, there are new holiday music discoveries…new bands, new songs.  This year’s find: “Its Christmastime” by a band called The Empty Hearts.


Which brings us back to…time that is. Its Christmastime. Merry Christmas, all! See you next year (before Christmas).

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