Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Christmas Light Story

About 2-3 years ago at the beginning of December I was driving home at night and decided to take a detour through neighborhoods I don't usually drive in to see if I could spot some of the early birds who already had their Christmas lights up.  I turned down a street that was a dead end, or cul de sac, that was an out of the way, private street, although there was no 'gated community' sign at that time.  I was nearly at the end of the street when I slammed on the breaks and sat for over 45 minutes mesmerized by what I saw.  The light show on this house was utterly amazing.  There was a sign in their front yard right by the street that said, 'turn your radio to such and such dial'.  I did, and music filled my car and the light show was exactly choreographed to the music.  There were many songs in the show, some loud and upbeat, and some soft and reverent.  It was absolutely spellbinding, and what was funny, was that I was the only one sitting out front of this house watching this spectacular show.  But that didn't last.  About 2 weeks later when I tried to take my grandchildren to see this, there were lines of cars parked for miles trying to get into this little road and policemen trying their best to direct traffic.  I'm probably remembering the story wrong, but I think the owner of the house is a computer software engineer and he spent some humongous amount of time setting up all these lights then choreographing it all to music.  (This was before I'd ever heard of setting Christmas lights to music.  Now It is more common and I think you can buy programs with simplified ways to do this in the stores.)  Sometimes when I see a 'Chevy Chase Griswald' house with tons to plastic Santas, and such, it looks pretty cheesy, but if you were really into lights and wanted to make a statement, this was a pretty classy way to do it!  Sidenote, the news media came, I think it was on national news and I think he won some awards, but he only had this display one year, probably because of complaints from the neighbors or police.  Here is a clip from YouTube, but it is not the best quality. 
Edit to this post:  I found the owner's website, where he talks about setting this up and has high definition videos of all the songs, and I just relived them all.  Beautiful!!!  If you love Christmas lights, click HERE and this will make your day!!!



P.S. Remember to post and link your favorite Christmas light image to the previous post so we can enjoy what you are seeing this season!

9 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I saw this (or similar) posted on YouTube about as many years ago as you mentioned. But what a gift for you to actually stumble upon it and get to see it live and in person. A memory I'm sure you will never forget. Thanks for the story.

Sandra said...

I have seen on TV the ligths to music but not this one. love the techno beat and flashes. thanks for sharing. i will check out his site.

Cher' Shots said...

How wonderful it must have been to experience this in solitude. I would have sat in awe too!
I've seen it online before but thanks for sharing it again.
'hugs from afar'

Ginny said...

Just stunning!! It's too bad they didn't have this again! Eight hours to program each minute of music, yikes!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

We have see two of those in person and WOW! It is amazing what some people can do!

I'm on the lookout for a favorite-light photo!

Don said...

Creative lighting!

MyMaracas said...

What a treat to have had the show all to yourself that first time. And I agree about Christmas lights making the dark days bearable. Haven't had much luck photographing them, though.

diane said...

I remember seeing this video a few years ago too. Fancy having the show all to yourself the first time. It must have been awesome.

Carin said...

Thanks for sharing, Karen!!! That was absolutely amazing and beautiful!!! Gorgeous!