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Yes! You Can Now Listen to Christmas Music!

It is the most wonderful time of the year!  Go ahead.  Hang those stockings.  Turn on the White Christmas.  You're allowed to now.   First time here? Click here to learn the full details of the "Can I listen to Christmas music" project and to join the movement!
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Indy Star Releases 2017 Holiday Music Playlist

Holly Hays, of the Indianapolis Star might be considered a lunatic.  But...if you're reading this site, then you'll be happy to know that Holly is just.like.all.of.us.  Except she admits that she listens to Christmas music the entire year. 

The rest of us?  We cower in our cars keeping the volume down so we won't be judged.  And, she's taken it upon herself to celebrate the turn of the calendar to November by releasing her 2017 Christmas music playlist that includes 30 songs

From Holly's piece:
October is officially over, marking the unofficial start of the holiday season. And we've put together the perfect playlist to help get you in the holiday spirit.

And who better to assemble a premature holiday playlist than someone who listens to Christmas music all year? That's right. I, Holly Hays, being of sound mind and filled with Christmas cheer, listen to Holiday Jamz in July. And August. And whenever I darn well please. We've embedded it below and it is …

Christmas Music Driving You Mad?

Why you mad bro?

Is it because you work retail and you have to listen to the constant loop of Christmas music (or Muzak) at your store and you feel like you are going insane?  Welp...that might actually be happening. 

Via Business Insider:
According to clinical psychologist Linda Blair, relentless festive tunes can be mentally draining.  "People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don't, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else," Blair told Sky News. "You're simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you're hearing." First....sorry if you hate it.  But for the rest of us?  It gets us in the spirit.  And, retailers are trying to drive the 'spirit of the season' moving all of us to spend, spend, spend, right?

Fall Equinox - Less Than 40 Days

Woot, woot.  Fall is here.  And that means we're less than 40 days away from the big day when we can ensconce our homes in Christmas music.   And yes, the trees are turning.  And there's pumpkin spice everywhere.  And even some of the retailers (I'm looking at you, Costco!) have Christmas stuff up and on the shelves.  But we still need to stand pat.  Don't turn on the music yet, folks. 

Check out the official "Can I Listen to Christmas Music?" countdown clock here or embedded below.


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Despite This Matthew Broderick Christmas Story News, It Still Isn't Time for X-Mas Music

From Variety, we find out that they've cast Matthew Broderick in the narrator voice for the upcoming "Live" Christmas Story performance that Fox is putting on this season.  From the story: Matthew Broderick has signed on for the role of the adult Ralphie narrator in Fo’s live staging of a musical based on the beloved 1983 film “A Christmas Story.”  ... Broderick will take on the voice-over work handled in the film by Jean Shepherd, the late humorist and radio host who wrote the 1966 short story that inspired in the movie. ... Broderick is no stranger to the stage. He has two Tonys under his belt and a long list of credits ranging from “Brighton Beach Memoirs” to “The Producers” to most recently “It’s Only a Play.” His past TV credits include guest shots on “30 Rock” and “Modern Family.” We don't care if you love this or hate this (we love it!).  Still doesn't change things.  No Christmas music just yet.

T-Minus 90 Days

Today is an important date:  It marks just 90 days until we're ready to roll with Christmas music.

Just 3 months.  But, let's not confuse fall with post-Halloween, folks.

Check out the official Christmas music countdown clock here.  Or view it below:


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Sorry, Folks: Sia Doesn't Change Things

News today in Rolling Stone is that enigmatic 'star' Sia is coming out with a Christmas record.  Of original songs.  But, fortunately, it isn't coming out until later this year.  When we all know listening to Christmas music is more appropriate.
Sia announced plans on Tuesday to record her first Christmas album. The LP will be her first release through Atlantic Records – a new home for the singer after a pair of successful albums with RCA.

All the songs on Sia's Christmas LP will be originals composed with help from Greg Kurstin. Kurstin, an in-demand Top 40 savant (Adele, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson), previously worked with Sia on her last three albums and served as producer or co-producer on the singer's biggest solo hits: "Cheap Thrills," "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart." Originals?  Really?  I guess that's courageous, right? Based on her career, we should give it the benefit of the doubt, right?

There's no word yet if we a…