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Bluhm: Music the seasoning for happy holidays

Judy Bluhm, Courier Columnist

Judy Bluhm, Courier Columnist

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. And we Arizonans have had plenty of places to go and still have many more carols and songs to enjoy.

How can we not love the Courthouse Lighting in Prescott? A family-friendly event with lights and choirs. And let’s not forget Acker Music Night, where the entire Prescott square is bursting with song from hundreds of musicians and performers that participate with over 135 businesses to bring music to our ears!

Songs usher in the holidays! Andrea Bocelli, world renowned tenor, raised the roof of the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix last week and brought thousands of lucky fans to tears. My husband, Doug, and I felt blessed to be there. What is Christmas without a choir, an orchestra and a moving rendition of “Hallelujah” and “Ave Maria.”

Christmas may be defined by many things ... cookies, gifts, Santa, shopping, dinners, parties and snow. But nothing brings joy to the season like music. Psychologists claim that the reason so many people love Christmas carols is because they bring us cheer, sentiment and inspiration all wrapped into a fun little jingle, or a moving aria. Holiday music can bring us to tears, remind us of another time, or just make us happy. Some department stores have done studies on “shopping music” and evidently “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is an example of a song that “creates” a positive shopping environment. Hmm, will it make us spend more?

“Baby It’s Cold Outside.” A classic written in the 1940s. But wait, one of the coldest places in America, Cleveland, has a radio station that has banned the song. It is evidently a tune riddled with “predatory” undertones. In the song, an unmarried woman is being lured by a man to stay the night. And he is not taking “no” for an answer.

The radio station said that in 2018, this song is no longer “appropriate.” Then a local newspaper headline lamented, “Bah Humbug. The grinch stole Baby It’s Cold Outside – but left us with the Cleveland Browns.” What’s next? A ban on, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”?

Still, if Christmas is the season of hope, love and joy, it is also the one time of year to blast the radio, go to a concert, listen to a choir and greet those carolers. In every shop, car, home, church and office the music of the holidays inspires us to sing-along and tap our feet. Bells are ringing and we are singing.

“Silent Night.” “Joy to the World.” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” The playlist is long and beautiful. Tunes about Jesus, love, romance, weather, decorations, toys, elves, Santa and reindeers fill the air! Listen now. Sing loudly. Join a choir, dance, clap and hum to every single wonderful song that takes you to a place so pure and special that it can only be experienced through music.

Thrill to the sounds of Christmas! Pour some eggnog. Eat a cookie. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at

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