What would Christmas be without music, and what would this blog be without Sea Hag acting like she has authority over all creation? With that in mind, here are a few songs that Sea Hag suggests your download to your iPod pronto:
'A Long December'
A long December,
and there's reason to believe
maybe this year will be
better than the last
An ideal New Year's song, Adam Duritz gently hints at a year full of loss and grief, playing his earnest vocals over some beautiful piano. This song is at the same time painfully sad and sweetfully hopeful, as in what I went through this year was so bad there's no where else to go from here but up.
'Pretty Good Year'
Lucy was pretty,
your best friend agreed
well, still, a pretty good year
Another great New Year's song in the same vein as 'A Long December' where the past year was obviously crappy but the singer is trying to embrace any positive aspect she can. A big part of celebrating New Year's is reflecting on the past year, and I think both of these songs capture that melancholy mood.
My mom says I need snow tires bad,
but I'd just as soon spend that money on records
and sit with friends in living rooms
and sing the songs we know by heart
Cool little song about some slacker hanging out at home for the holidays.
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
It's imperative that you get the Judy Garland version of this song, because of the emotion she puts into it; she sounds so incredibly sad, like she's coming out of a weeklong bender and woke up in some hotel room out of pills and far from home.
This song always reminds me of my dad. I get goosebumps every time I hear the child's piano at the end.
I get a little warm in my heart
when I think of winter,
I put my hand in my father's glove
Another nugget of joy from Tori, this one about growing up secure in her father's love. A must for all daddy's girls.
Traditional (kind of)
I love this song because it's vaguely naughty. And I would love a Christmas tree decorated with the best from Tiffany's.
"Song For A Winter's Night"
I read again between the lines upon each page
the words of love you send me
Sad, sweet song about someone curled up on a cold winter's night, contemplating the absence of their lover.
And the last words I heard him say
were I shall return for you my love
on Christmas Day
Yet another sad, sweet, melancholy song. What's up with that? It seems like the holidays seem to lend themselves to a certain kind of dark moodiness. Maybe it's the crappy, cold weather. Maybe it's because you aren't able to be with the people you love this year because you had to work or you couldn't afford to travel or they passed away. Or maybe it's because as an adult, Christmas just doesn't seem to have the magic it did when you were a child.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Yes, I do mean the entire album here, and if you can find the edition they just released with 4 more songs on it, that's all the better. By far my favorite holiday album, it's jazzy but not that pretentious, crappy kind of jazz. It has a lot of traditional Christmas songs but also has a few other pieces so you don't get burned out on yuletide joy.