bust a moby this christmas

This Christmas season, I seem to have an ineffable weariness towards holiday songs of past. Not necessarily toward the lyrical quality, but rather the repetitive nature of the same old. To counter deluge of seasonal commonality, I have created panoply of mellifluous hipster Christmas tunage. So let your inner indie out and bust a moby this Christmas.

1. THE CHRISTMAS SONG – The Raveonettes

2. SLEIGH RIDE – Relient K

3. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE – Gatsby’s American Dream

4. DONDE ESTA SANTA CLAUSE – Guster

5. CHRISTMAS DON’T BE LATE – Linn & Marcus

6. IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME – Yo La Tengo

7. JINGLEBELL ROCK – Arcade Fire

8. PUT THE LIGHTS ON THE TREE – Sufjan Stevens

9. FIRST NOEL – My American Heart

10. CAROL OF THE BELLS – The Bird and the Bee

11. BLUE CHRISTMAS – Bright Eyes

12. GET BEHIND ME, SANTA – Sufjan Stevens

13. PEPPERMINT WINTER – Owl City

14. I WISH IT WAS CHRISTMAS TODAY – Julian Casablancas

15. DON’T SHOOT ME SANTA – The Killers

16. BLIZZARD OF ’89 – The Ready Set (Featuring NeverShoutNever)

17. HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) – Polyphonic Spree

18. 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – Relient K

19. GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN – Bright Eyes

20. THE FRIENDLY BEASTS – Sufjan Stevens

21. CHRISTMASTIME – Smashing Pumpkins

22. 30 DAYS – NEVERSHOUTNEVER

23. FATHER CHRISTMAS – The Kinks

24. ALL THAT I WANT – The Weepies

25. THE CHRISTMAS SONG – Chase Coy

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Sigur Rós: Hoppípolla

Indie music.
Lyrically artistic.
Fascinatingly ironic.

This film generates an intriguing thought.

Yes, one could take the simplistic approach, only identifying the theme of playful youthfulness still burning within the heart of the aged. Even from such a perspective, one could draw joyful parallels, where aging is inevitable, but growing up is optional.

When I first watched this film, my perspective jumped immediately to the eternal, coupled with the frailness of life. Our lives are short. We are here on this earth for but a breath.

Sentiment settled within me. I watch and feel as though every moment should be cherished.

While true, it also gives me hope as I anticipate a journey into the eternal. It was Peter Pan that voiced, “To die will be an awfully big adventure.” Culturally, we don’t talk much about death and we talk very little about the afterlife. We busy ourselves so as to deceive ourselves that death is anything but reality. However, if thought about intently, it is a fearful thought to those that are honest.

But as a Christian, I trust my God. I believe in an eternal. I believe that the journey before me is a road to a New Earth. I picture myself as an old passenger. One like such in the film. And I picture my life ending and the journey to the New Earth beginning. What would my initial reaction be entering the Kingdom that my Lord dwells? Words cannot describe the joy my heart will feel when that moment is upon me. Though I can imagine myself jumping through mud puddles, having a childlike giddiness, and a renewed spirit.

I am captivated by the loveliness of my future.