Chimneyside Chats with Ariel Bellvalaire

by - December 18, 2021

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Gather 'round the open fire for Chimneyside Chats - a monthly feature with holiday stories from our favorite artists. See what's in their stockings this year as they reminisce on Christmas memories, share their favorite recipe and more! Here's what songwriter Ariel Bellvalaire had to say:

Ever since I was a kid in Connecticut, the holidays were always a special time to decorate the house with my DIY arts and crafts projects and of course decorate the tree. I was always the "unusual" kid and was obsessed with spiders, Disney villains, bugs and pretty much anything creepy. My holiday shopping would always start the day after Halloween and I would always buy creepy accessories to put in the tree and had a stuffed tarantula toy I would bring downstairs on Christmas morning.

Years later, I'm happy to say I'm still the same "unusual" kid who likes creepy holiday decorations and will never outgrow DIY arts and crafts projects to decorate the house. Every Los Angeles Christmas, I like to decorate my Tim Burton-style looking tree with crystals, jewelry and of course, lights! Christmas wouldn't be complete without pictures with Santa so I take my guinea pigs, Gucci and Gizmo, to get their picture taken on Santa's lap every year and love sending the pictures to my family.

My absolute favorite holiday song is "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch". The original Grinch cartoon will forever be the best holiday movie and every year I enjoy playing a rock version of the song complete with a guitar solo!

Learn more about Ariel Bellvalaire and listen to the song she chose for our Chimneyside Chats playlist!
"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" by Boris Karloff

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