A gray-haired man leading a tiny white dog approaches on the sidewalk. Two young moms carrying toddler-size children turn slightly sideways to pass by.

At the curb, a twentysomething couple leans against the side of their parked car, hips touching, eyes trained ahead, smiles on their faces.

Up and down the block, cars turn down the street. Some are going east, some are going west, all are going slowly.

It's 5:30 p.m. on a weekday night, and all of these people are circling Davenport's Vine Street and 57th Place intersection, dubbed Candy Cane Corner by Jim Peachee, whose Christmas lights display, synchronized to music, they have come to see.

The display incorporates some 28,000 lights, but "music is the hook," Peachee says.

"Lights are lights - they're cool. But music sets the imagination on fire, and it's different for everybody," he says. "And the faster it goes, the faster the imagination goes."

Peachee (pa-SHAY) got hooked on synchronized lights in 2001 when his wife Karen took him to see a display of that nature elsewhere in Davenport. It was something Peachee "had only dreamed of," and it spoke to his inner "geek." As soon as he got home, he jumped on the computer, Googled "computer- controlled Christmas lights" and took it from there.

He listens first to a song, imagining what he wants to do, sketching ideas on paper. Then, using software from a company called Light-O-Rama, he programs different light effects for different musical notes. His - and the public's - favorite song is "Wizards in Winter" by the Tran-Siberian Orchestra. He figures the programming took him about 30 hours per minute, or 120 hours.

Other songs are "Penguins," by Lyle Lovett, "Carol of the Bells" by Danielle Monique and, new this year, "Santa Baby."

He limits his songs because if he plays more, people will stay and he wants to keep traffic moving.

The songs are audible through outside speakers, but visitors also can listen from the warmth of their cars (with the windows rolled up) by tuning their radio to 95.5 FM. Peachee has a low-power transmitter, made by Ramsey Electronics, that doesn't require a transmitting license because it reaches only a short distance.

The Christmas decorating tradition runs deep in the Peachee family, and the neighborhood.

Karen decorates lavishly inside; she has a tree in all five of the home's front-facing windows as well as elsewhere in their house.

And when the couple moved to the neighborhood, they quickly saw that nearly everyone puts up fairly elaborate Christmas lights, in addition to observing a neighborhood luminary tradition.

Peachee's favorite time is when there is a light dusting of snow. "That's a great effect, with red reflecting off the snow."

And he loves his visitors. "I really do like being out here," he says. "People like to talk."