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Clyde Lindsey

Comment From Viewer About Traditional Music Selection

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On my Facebook page, I received a comment yesterday from a local woman. She mentioned that she loves the display, but her enjoyment of the display was reduced because of the less traditional music that I used. While it's true, some music we use is not "Christmas" at all, it is very entertaining for people to watch.

I know everyone is intitled to their opinion, and this is the first time I've come across this specific comment. While it is true that I use 4 or 5 TSO songs, and most of the other selections are more upbeat and modern; I do play some clasic traditional songs. For example: Burrel Ives, Holly Jolly Christmas, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Gene Autry's Rudolph, Johnny Mathis' Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and Brenda Lee's Rocking Roud the Christmas Tree. I also have on the workbench (at ~ 5 hours of labor so far) Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley.

So my question is this... What songs have you used in your display that really made a positive impact on your visitors? What songs did they really love that were from your "traditional" selections. Sequencing time is rather tight right now. Taking 3 hours yesterday to work on Blue Christmas was a "get-away" from studying for finals that are coming up in 10 days. If you have a traditional song that people really enjoy, maybe you'd consider sharing it with me? I'm happy to share all my sequences as well.

I guess another question would be: How many traditionl songs do you play during your show versus non-traditional songs such as TSO or Modern / Pop style holdiay tunes?

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Out of my songs, most people like He's A Pirate or Amazing Grace party version..both up tempo. Some of the older crowds like the slower songs, and I have a couple of them too, but if you want oohs and ahhs I find it better with the up tempo. All depends on the audience. If you know most will be older, than you can go a little more traditional, but my crowd is fairly young.

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Amazing Grace for me also, I used WIW until this year and changed it out for Nutrocker.Sleighride by Garth Brooks went over really well for several seasons.

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I have no traditional songs in my line up, and very few "Christmasy" songs. A couple of seasons ago, all my new songs were western movie sound tracks, fun to sequence and powerfull music too. I did get a comment last year about a couple songs, " I dont know why those songs were in there", and my reply was, " because they sequence well" I like alot of anamation and movement, but not just random blinky, blinky. I have done some slow songs, but I use those in the mix later in the season when the crouds start to become a problem, they seem to help move the traffic. In the end, I do what I like and hope others will like it too.....

have a look ........ http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights/videos?view=0

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Mike, your display definitely helped me get on a kick of doing non-Christmas songs. I like how you used the Christmas techno and did a great job sequencing it. I agree, even though some people will not appreciate it as much, it does work really nice in the sequencer.

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Offer her the opportunity to spend hours learning how to sequence and she can sequence some songs for you LOL. Other than that, I would stick to the songs YOU like. There are many different tastes and opinions out there. I have about 2/3 of the show is Christmas music (most of it fast tempo because the slower songs are boring to me) and 1/3 of the show is non - holiday music, such as Wonderful World, Mr. Sandman, Wipeout etc. Some people want all traditional music, some want the newer upbeat music. You are the one putting in all the work and time, so do what YOU like.

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I am new to this animated show game. I have 102 songs on my show and about half are traditional, but I have all the TSO songs. Most of the folks that I talk with love the up tempo. They all like the lights moving as fast as they can. Really no one has said they do not like any of the songs. Your show is great just the way it is. Keep up the great work.

Robert

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I understand the consensus is, "Play the songs that make ME happy." I totally get that. And believe me, I do. I just never got that comment yet. It's funny because I only added 2 new songs this year (one premiered last night~ Faith Hill's Where are you Christmas). Other than these 2 songs, it is the SAME SHOW as last year.

Again, what traditional songs DO YOU GUYS/GALS play in your show?

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Without the long dialogue...

Sleigh Ride - Boston Pops

We are Santa's Elves

Carol of the Bells - David Foster or Carol of the Bells - Monique Daniels

Charlie Brown

Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives

The usual TSO songs

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I have 41 songs and about 30 are mostly upbeat Christmas Songs........In fact speaking of upbeat tonight I just inserted Gangnam Style

We'll see if I get any negative vibes?? In fact my wife thinks i'm crazy for using that song.

So I guess every one is entitled to their opinions.

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Offer her the opportunity to spend hours learning how to sequence and she can sequence some songs for you LOL. Other than that, I would stick to the songs YOU like.

You can easily spend 20-30 hours on a song over time. I use what fits my mission and what I like. Most people don't understand that it can easily take 200 hours of labor into your show each year.

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Last year I just did a Grinch theme and only did Grinch song Ringtones. The kids really liked it.

One of my favorites is Blue Christmas by Bon Jovi. But I don't have the channel room for the blue stuff it would take.

The problem with the traditional songs that I have found is they are so slow usually.

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It's funny she should say that - this is my first year doing LoR display, ad I've been hugely surprised by the lack of sequences out there for the traditional style songs. Many members from here and PC were kind enough to share sequences with us newbies, and I'm greatly thankful for that - as I love TSO etc.

But my family are quite traditional (parents nearly 70 etc) and they wanted "proper' Christmas songs. As a compromise, I'm using TSO Christmas Eve, & then the others are Ding Dong Merrily On High, Santa Claus Is Coming TO Town, O Holy Night anddd All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey :)

I love watching videos online of houses that do movie theme music, and lots of TSO etc but it's not for our family I've found :)

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This has me thinking, your local woman has a point, while I do complete all the work that goes into the display, it is not only for me,me,me and my family, it is for my community as well and there ARE people who come to see my display that are elderly and want to be reminded of a simpler time and the true meaning of Christmas. It is after all a Christmas display. I for one pledge to add at least 2 or three more traditional songs to the ones I already use for my 2013 display. Thanks for allowing my 2 cents for what it is worth.

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It's funny she should say that - this is my first year doing LoR display, ad I've been hugely surprised by the lack of sequences out there for the traditional style songs. Many members from here and PC were kind enough to share sequences with us newbies, and I'm greatly thankful for that - as I love TSO etc.

But my family are quite traditional (parents nearly 70 etc) and they wanted "proper' Christmas songs. As a compromise, I'm using TSO Christmas Eve, & then the others are Ding Dong Merrily On High, Santa Claus Is Coming TO Town, O Holy Night anddd All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey :)

I love watching videos online of houses that do movie theme music, and lots of TSO etc but it's not for our family I've found :)

I'm glad you point this out. I enjoy using the movie themed music such as Rudolph & Holly Jolly Christmas. Those are such well known songs. I also use Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas... So far tho, I dislike sequenced ALL versions of O Holy Night. As much as I LOVE this song, it is just soooo hard to do. But I've finally found a group that I'll sit down and do. They sound traditional and classy enough to make me WANT to sequence it. Won't happen till after finals week tho.

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This has me thinking, your local woman has a point, while I do complete all the work that goes into the display, it is not only for me,me,me and my family, it is for my community as well and there ARE people who come to see my display that are elderly and want to be reminded of a simpler time and the true meaning of Christmas. It is after all a Christmas display. I for one pledge to add at least 2 or three more traditional songs to the ones I already use for my 2013 display. Thanks for allowing my 2 cents for what it is worth.

I want you to see my play list... Because the population demographics in my town are roughly 60% + the age of 50, I took special care to add in a good mix of fast and slow, with traditional and non-traditional. I still have to finish Blue Christmas by Elvis... Waiting till after Finals week is over.

Sandstorm ~ Darude

Miracle on 34th St Overture ~ Bruce Broughton

Good King Joy ~ Trans Siberian Orchestra

Amazing Grace ~ Yule

Little St. Nick Beach Boys

Carol of the Bells ~ Monique Danielle

Jingle Bells Techno ~ Master Tone

Rudolph ~ Gene Autry

All I Want For Christmas ~ Meriah Carey

Holly Jolly Christmas ~ Burl Ives

Music Box Dancer ~ DJ Schwede

It’s the most Wonderful Time of the Year- Andy Williams

What Child is This ~ Elle Zamudio

One Silent Night ~ Jaci Valasquez

A Mad Russian’s Christmas ~ Trans Siberian Orchestra

Winter Wonder Land ~ Alexia Phillips

Deck the Roof Tops ~ Glee

White Christimas ~ Bing Crosby

Wish Listz ~ Trans Siberian Orchestra

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree ~ Brenda Lee

Queen of the winter night ~ Trans Siberian Orchestra

Little St. Nick ~ Hanson

Last Christmas ~ Ashley Tisdale

Where Are You Christmas ~ Faith Hill

Wizards in Winter ~ Trans Siberian Orchestra

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