Monday, November 23, 2015

Giveaway! | A Warm and Cozy Christmas Album

I know it's not quite Thanksgiving yet, but I've already started listening to Christmas music. If you read my post defending the "Christmas creep" a couple of weeks ago, you'll understand why I don't hesitate to spin the Christmas tunes before the Christmas season officially starts. Christmas gives me the warm-fuzzies!

I have a Christmas playlist on my iPhone, and I play it on shuffle non-stop in November/December. It's a great mix of upbeat/dance-worthy tunes and classic, snuggly songs. You can always bet I'm singing along with whichever song is playing at the moment, too. You can't squash my joy when Christmas music is playing.

Two of my very favorite albums on my playlist are by Dave Barnes. Have you heard of him? I mentioned a few of his songs in my post about choosing a first-dance wedding song earlier this year. He and I go way back; I saw Dave perform for the first time in uptown Oxford (home of Miami University, my alma mater) my junior year of college (2006) and I became an instant fan.

Fan-girling with other fan-girl pals
After I moved to Maryland, I continued to love his music and bought his new albums when they came out.  I also saw him perform live in Annapolis twice.

That's Milo, the class bear from the year I taught 2nd grade.  Yes, I took him to the concert with me.  And Dave was gracious enough to take a photo with us for Milo's Adventure Journal.

Dave is a very talented singer-songwriter from Nashville. He's released 8 albums, two of which are fantastic Christmas albums. While I prefer his own versions of his songs, it's worth noting that his song "God Gave Me You" (from his album What We Want, What We Get) was released by Blake Shelton and was nominated for a Grammy in 2012. He's also written songs for artists like Matt Wertz (whom he tours with occasionally), Tim McGraw, and Billy Currington, among others.

Dave doesn't get a lot of radio air time, from what I've noticed, but I do frequently hear his song "Little Lies" over the sound system at Home Depot (of all places!). He's a very goofy guy, too, and records some pretty silly videos. In my experience, he's performed in very small, intimate venues (like Rams Head in Annapolis, MD), which is why I have been so lucky to get photos with him.

Now that you have all the background deets, it's time to tell you about the Christmas Album giveaway! Since it's the season of giving, I am going to give away a copy of his Christmas album A December to Remember to one lucky blog reader!

I love every single song on this album. It features old favorites like "White Christmas," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;" as well as original tunes like "So, Santa," "Peace on Earth," and the incredibly beautiful "When Love Was Born." If you enjoy fun and beautiful Christmas music, you are sure to love this album, so get entered!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment stating something you love about Christmas.  You can comment here on the blog in the comments section, under the link to this post on the Little Blue Sailboat Facebook page, under the link to this post on my personal Facebook page, or send me an email at You only have to comment one way to be entered, but I have to be able to contact you afterward if you win, so don't comment anonymously!  Good luck!

Please submit your entry by midnight on the evening of Friday, December 4, 2015. I will announce the winner on Monday, December 7, 2015! Happy entering!

1 comment:

  1. I've always wanted his cd! Thanks to you introducing me :) thanks for the chance, friend! xo


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