Posted: 21 Dec 2011 07:43 AM PST
Ron here. I, too, will be having a melancholic Christmas, but I think for different reasons than Amba. My best friends mother passed away suddenly, almost 2 weeks ago (!), and this has caused her and her family considerable difficulty, as Grandma was a big part of financially helping a family with 2 kids and a lot of struggling themselves. I just saw her mother at a wonderful Thanksgiving and now… gone. I'm still having a hard time grasping it myself. And me? Things are bad for me and may get worse….I'm trying to keep myself in my home of now 26 years, but I'm having a hard time doing so. Even I'm unsure what will happen, as I have no family of my own to turn to.
But while Peter, Paul and Mary are one way to look at a Gloomy Tinsel Season, I've always chosen another song: Fairytale of New York.
My first thought was, hey, shouldn't this be an Amba song, too? Sure, why not. It's a duet between Shane MacGowan (poster child for British Dentistry) and Kirsty MacColl, and rapidly becoming a New Holiday standard, one I hope to record with my friend CamieVog someday. So, let's hope the New Year brings better things for us all, God bless us.
Posted: 20 Dec 2011 09:37 PM PST
Mary Travers was 45 when this clip was made. How beautiful she still was! So sad how time carries it all away. I heard this song in a church in Chapel Hill a year ago, still raw and fragile from J's death. Now I'm sitting here draped in cats, who look at me lovingly (or maybe forgivingly) when I sing along, surrounded by pictures of people who are gone. I myself am going, going . . . but not so fast, Louie.
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