Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
So prompted by the song, I wanted to do a little something special here with you all in honor of the holiday, in honor of Christmas Cards, Creativity and kindness.
Here's the deal, Let's have ourselves a merry little contest...
you design your very own original card, of your fam, the kiddos, you and your boyfriend, your dog! This card is for you, something you would send to your family and friends! Submit your design, and we will all vote on a winner!
And what will the winner receive you ask?
The winner will receive 100 beautifully printed cards of their own original and one of a kind winning design from my printer of choice, Indie Printing ! I've gone to them for a variety of projects, and I'm sort of a particular kind of gal when it comes to printing and paper, this is not flimsy photo paper, this is prime card stock that truly makes my heart swoon! Graphic design geeks, typography enthusiasts, paper lovers, Christmas card junkies... this contest is for you!
Oh, and of course, the top 5 finalist will win a signed copy of White Christmas from yours truly.
So fire up photoshop, or whatever you got... have fun, get creative and show me your Christmas Cards! Submissions due by December 1st!
HERE ARE THE IMPORTANT DETAILS!
- Design a Christmas card, it can be elaborate, it can be simple, with a photo, with out a photo but it must be original! Up to 3 submission each
Monday, November 19, 2012
It's the only time of year that I rush to the mailbox, in great anticipation of glorious holiday greetings, perhaps one of my favorite parts of the season...
The Christmas Card.
I know we are all seeing a lot more of each other these days with a never ending feed of instagram and facebook updates of our iphone self portraits, babies, cats, breakfasts and family vacations... but there is still something so old fashioned, personal and so very wonderful about getting envelopes in different sizes and colors, with hand written addresses from different places, from people near and far... ripping open that envelope and holding the card in your hand, and taping it to the back of your front door, till it becomes a massive explosion of Costco holiday photo cards. There is of course the rare few actual cards, that open and shut, that usually don't hang on for long to the back of said door. And of course I especially enjoy the snowflake boarder stationary, with the full page typed, over the top yearly report Christmas letters touting one by one all the wondrous achievements, promotions, trips and eagle scout awards! Bless 'em.
But then there is sending out those cards... it is a labor of love a Christmas card is, anxiety inducing even. Getting a decent family photo where everyone is looking at the camera, with normal human smiles and eyes open... eyes of glee and holiday cheer, and not eyes full of "we're gonna rip eachothers heads off" rage... there is the bribery of little children and husbands rolling their eyes when the photographer says "ok, just one more!". And then there is addresses, it always seems like half the people in the address book move every year, thankfully we can just get on facebook and send a mass message "hey could you text me your address so I can mail you a card?". And then there's postage?! And just one more trip to the post office for another blasted book of stamps! Before you know it you've dropped a couple Benjamins' on the dang Christmas card project.
But... It's worth it! I swear it's worth it, every year!
Then there is that moment, where you sit down with your address book, and as you go through the alphabet you might come across that name, or two...
It's been a while, you've lost touch, should you send them a card? Are they going to send you a card? Maybe they will maybe they wont. Perhaps there was a falling out, over something silly... or something serious. But you look at that name, and you struggle, and you wonder, maybe this is your chance, an opportunity... an olive branch in the form of a Christmas card. It may not heal the world, undo what was done, but it may bring a smile, start the mend of a little broken heart.
I wrote a song about this... and I have to say, it felt inspired. All the above sarcasm and snark aside, this song is pure, from the heart, in my soul. And that's what the Christmas Card was always supposed to be about.
Here's a little video of me playing it in my living room, thanks to Jack and Brad for making it :-)
So I've been wanting to post this for quite some time. This is my cousin Chase, he had surgery a while back this year... I watch it when i'm bummin' out and need a lil' bit, or big bit of laughter.
a tiny bit long, but oh so worth it.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dogs and cats, snowmen and snowwomen, republicans and democrats... and even independents
There are two things you need to do today...
and less importantly, but still pretty importantly...
Please take a listen to my brand new Christmas album, WHITE CHRISTMASavailable today on itunes! I'm kind of the biggest fan of Christmas, and I've always wanted to record a full length holiday record, so it was a real joy makin' this one, spiritual even. The Londy Loo and me listened to a lot of Carpenters Christmas Portrait (only the best christmas record of all time) on those 100 degree summer days to get into the Holiday spirit.
There is of course some fresh interpretations of Carols of old, a couple modern classics, and I even wrote a few tunes of my own, including a Christmas song about forgiveness that I'm feeling good about. Overall it is a melodic, harmonious collection of tunage, that will pair nicely with some hot chocolate while setting up the Christmas tree.... in a few short weeks.
Special thanks to Chris Seefried for helping me create this merry little piece of work.
Have a holly jolly election day!
Christmas time is here
have yourself a merry little christmas
o come all ye faithful
christmas card (new original)
i love christmas (the GWG)
what child is this
*produced by Dave Cobb
Posted by BROOKE WHITE at 10:22 PM