Following on from my last post, whilst I’m safely ensconced in the bosom of my family at Christmas, I’m aware that I’m very fortunate in this respect.
I’ve known people who have lost loved ones at this time of year, and I can’t even begin to imagine how painful that must make the festive period. And there’s the ones that get left behind, with nobody to spend Christmas in the company of. (And I’m not just thinking of poor old June off Gogglebox after lovely Leon passed away yesterday here, although I am thinking of them quite a lot.)
Not to mention those who, for no fault of their own, for whatever reason, find themselves parted from or unable to be with their family or friends.
Comedian Sarah Millican has been organising something quite lovely over the past few year on Twitter. I’ll let her explain:
I wish I could think of a better song than this to play, but at least it’s (hopefully) a slightly different version than most of you will know:
Lucky Soul – Lonely This Christmas
Tomorrow many will be marking that it’s been twelve months since George Michael died.
But me, I’ll be remembering that it was exactly a year ago today that as my train pulled into the station on Christmas Eve, my phone went white hot as people – many of them readers of these pages – got in touch because Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had died.
I’m not going to dwell on it, though. You all knew this was coming:
Status Quo – It’s Christmas Time
This morning a couple of songs from deceased iconic Country stars, both of whom appear to have a claim to making “The Classic Christmas Album”.
First up, John Denver, with a message that I hope my own parents take no notice of:
John Denver – Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
And then next The Man In Black, who I imagine didn’t take much persuading to have a wee tipple on the big day:
Johnny Cash – Christmas Time’s A Comin’
Two for contemplation tonight, first up one I posted a couple of years ago and which I’ve found myself listening to quite a lot over the past couple of weeks, by Tom Smith (lead singer from Editors) and Andy Burrows (drummer from Razorlight). Tasked with coming up with a name for their new act, they went down the Hoddle & Waddle rather than the Glen and Chris route:
Smith & Burrows – When The Thames Froze
And what would we do at this time of year without Mark “A Song, A Dance, A Laugh” Lanegan to spread some festive cheer?
Mark Lanegan – O Holy Night