was on frank’s website (this guy i know from twitter), and i left this comment. it seems like it could be a post on its own, so i stole it from there and brought it here.
i just went and saw gia’s website … i don’t know any of your history, only some work tweets. i’m sending a fond thought to you and your family. i know it’s MUCH different, but my grandma died two years ago the 28th, and it’s strange to be happy and festive and a little melancholy at the same time.
you didn’t ask, but my favorite religious song is ‘o holy night.’ my favorite secular song … there’s many. i’ll go with ‘rockin’ around the christmas tree’ for uptempo (I LOVE THAT SONG!) and ‘have yourself a merry little christmas’ for slow tempo. modern day — ’same auld lang syne’ by dan fogelberg* and my generation’s christmas goodie, ‘merry christmas will do’ by material issue.
can you tell i love music? it’s part of any tradition i have. our family has lost extended members over the years and i miss a lot of the things we used to do. i hope to reinstate the family tradition of going around to look at christmas lights with my friends here in chicago. there’s something about it that just makes me happy. (and there’s also the schadenfreude of horrible decorating!)
anyway … wish you well this holiday season.
*dan fogelberg. i’ve loved that guy since i was a kid. this is just one of many things that makes me think i’m an ‘old soul.’ how can you have melancholy nostalgia when you’re 10?!? but, i’ve always loved this song, save for the sappy-ass saxophone solo at the end.