My Christmas soundtrack (Blogmas #5)

Mawnin mawnin!

Music is essential to me on a daily basis and especially around Christmas time. It is part of the heart that is the holiday and easily a main conduit for the Christmas spirit to flow. I think the reason for that is because there are so many Christmas classics and vintage tunes that it takes you back to a time when you thought that Christmas was a thing of wonder (it still is eh but you know how adulting has made us all…..).

It still is…

I love the music vibes so my daily Christmas soundtrack is four fold. Let me explain:

  1. In the car my dial is stuck to the radio station Sweet 100 FM here in Trinidad. Their programming is exclusively Christmas music as they count 100 days in the lead up. The only issue is that sometimes dey does kill meh with ads in which case I switch to a next station or play tunes from Spotify.
  2. In the morning during morning things, my soundtrack is usually the classics, gospel medleys, easy listening or instrumentals…the London Symphony Orchestra, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Michael Bublé…yuh follow?
This is a good one usually on repeat

3. During the day while running around, doing chores and prep I need the pump up so I turn to my country’s genre and take it up a notch with parang music and soca parang music.

WHAT IS PARANG? 

The term Parang is derived from the Spanish word parranda, which means a spree or a fête. Initially it meant a group of four or more men who went to give a parranda at an event – a christening or a birthday celebration. The group sang to the accompaniment of musical instruments. However, in Trinidad, parang came to mean the songs that were sung especially during the Christmas season. What was brought from Venezuela to Trinidad was parranda navideña, which means Christmas parang.

Source: https://www.nalis.gov.tt/Resources/Subject-Guide/Parang

To listen to a parang queen click here and since in Trinidad we ilke to mix up de ting see the link below for my absolute favourite Christmas mix which includes our beloved soca parang (and chutney parang).

We does parang de ting all how.

4. And finally in the evenings if I am still not in tazmanian devil mode, the singalong pop tunes come into play. So Alexa takes me from Mariah Carey and Pentatonix all the way to Justin Bieber complete with a dose of the Chipmunks. Check this one out:

Which of course starts with Mariah because if it doesn’t, your mix is rubbish.

Music is part of the soul of Christmas, cyah argue dat. Are you into it? I hope so! Let me know what your faves are in the comments and don’t forget to follow me on my socials for more!

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2 thoughts on “My Christmas soundtrack (Blogmas #5)

  1. De week before Christmas is 100 days alone so sweet 100 could ease meh up with the ‘alegria alegria’ in October.
    Baron does only come out after Halloween like if he issa jumbie.
    Music is life.

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