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Tracy Weekdays 6 - 10pm

Hi, I'm Tracy,
Like most of the Vine DJs, I've been all over, living in South Dakota, Nebraska, Texas and more in my life.  I settled in Napa about ten years ago and have managed to plant a few little roots in my time here.  I've been working at The Vine for ten years as well and have covered almost every shift, but I like the nights best!  The best way to describe working at the Vine is that its like a family.  And in my case, that's not just a metaphor.  I met my husband here and we work together every day.  We also bring our baby, Violet (she's the one in the picture), and sometimes our dog, Cooper, to work with us every day.  If you come to my office, you will have to step over board books and dog beds!  When we're not at work, we like to go for long walks, watch movies and play in the garden.  I've also got a bit of an obsession with entertainment gossip, which tends to pop up a lot in my show!  But mostly, I just like playing Sauvignon Rock!

Email me at tracy@kvyn.com.

My Bells Are Jingling

by Tracy Webster posted Dec 21 2013 11:27AM

So I've discovered something a little alarming about myself this holiday season:  I actually like holiday music!  I don't know how it happened, but I now fully embrace every cheesy jingle bell and random Santa rhyme.
Now, I've never hated holiday music, but I've always been of the less is more mind frame when it comes to decking the halls.  A few carols at a party, a song here and there on the radio, a little holiday music can go a long way to getting me in the holiday mood.  But too much Frosty the Snowman could really turn me into a Grinch.  So when Sharpie told the Vine DJ's that we would be playing all holiday music from Black Friday through Christmas, I inwardly groaned and began dreading it.  I vowed to stop listening to the station in my free time.  My morning meals with the child would no longer have the quippy retorts of Good Morning Bob in the back ground.  We would be resorting to Pandora's toddler station where I would hear 50 versions of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed every morning.  But it would be better than constant Christmas cheer.
But then a strange thing happened.  The morning after Thanksgiving, I automatically turned on the radio while making the child's oatmeal and heard my first holiday song of the season.  And I didn't turn it off.  In fact, I left the radio on all morning.  I told myself I just wasn't up to another version of You Are My Sunshine this morning.  But I did it again the next morning.  And the morning after that.  And pretty soon, I was singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer during diaper changes (which was a welcome change from Old McDonald, no matter how cute it is when the child baa's).  Then we were dancing to Jingle Bell Rock and singing Joy to the World.  I soon found myself digging into my memory to sing the alto part of Silent Night, learned long ago for high school show choir.  What is wrong with me?  Have I lost my edge?  Am I no longer the disaffected, sarcastic quipster I once was?  Have I become lame?
Yes and no.  I've decided that the holiday season is the one time of year when it is better to be festive than cool.  Why not embrace all of those holiday traditions I enjoyed as a child but skewered once hormones and peer pressure made it better to be unimpressed?  I could totally cop out and say I'm doing it for the child.  And I am.  Its really fun to watch her experience the holidays for the first time.  But I'm also doing it for me.  It makes me feel happy and cheerful, which is something that everyone needs, especially when raising a stubborn toddler.  And holiday music is so darn cheerful and happy, its hard not to feel the same way when listening to it. 
Not to mention how family friendly it is.  For one month a year, I know I won't have to answer questions like "What does Rock Your Body mean?" or "Why can't the lady singing remember what she did last night?" (Thanks for that Katy Perry.  Curse you and your catchy songs!)  Now its Holly Jolly Christmas and Sleigh Ride and trying to explain who Burl Ives is and why ponies have bob tails.  Much easier. 
That being said, with four days left until Christmas, I know my holiday music will be going away soon.  And I am okay with that.  Because holiday music, like the holiday season, wouldn't be as magical if it happened all year long.  And gorging on holiday music now will make me appreciate the light Sauvignon Rock that will return on December 26.  I just have to come up with better explanations for why Madonna doesn't want her Papa to preach.  What do you think?  Will you miss the holiday music when its gone?
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12/21/2013 11:27AM
My Bells Are Jingling
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