Saturday, December 24, 2011
"Fairytale of New York"
It’s Christmas Eve, friends, & I have a short post for you today, along with one of my favorite Christmans songs, one that never fails to bring a small tear to just one corner of my eye!
The song is of course the Pogues' great "Fairytale of New York" from their If I Should Fall From Grace with God album. The Pogues are without question one of my favorite bands ever, & the song seems so perfect for an aspect of the season: the dreams countered with disillusionment, all delivered with thrilling & heartbreaking voice by the great Shane MacGowan & the late, great Kristy McColl. Of course, the accompanying music is superb—the Pogues could really play!
But here we are, Christmas Eve! Whether or not a given Christmas season has seemed stressful to me due to obligations, financial worries, loneliness or any of the other myriad woes that can assail us this time of year, Christmas Eve has often seemed a peaceful & magical time. While I lived in San Francisco, I went on epic walks on Christmas Eve to watch the lights & ride the streetcars—back then you could ride the streetcars with a monthly Muni pass! In Idaho, I often performed music on Christmas Eve—usually in churches, which is odd I suppose, since I am a distinctly non-churchy fellow. But these & other, earlier rituals have always proved a balm to me.
This year I’ll be dining & visiting with friends this afternoon & evening: very grateful for that! People in Portland have been so generous in taking me in to their circles & helping me in so many ways as I've made a new life here in rather straitened circumstances. But all of you have been wonderful, & all my friends are near to my heart today.
& with that, I leave you to your holiday, with all my best wishes for a true Christmas of peace & goodwill. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you the happiest time in whatever festival you do celebrate to mark this season of passing from darkness to light.
Much merriness to you, friends!