Saturday, December 24, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


by Fantasize-Me-R93

When it comes to favorite Christmas carols, I have at least a mitt full. But “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” with its slow, thoughtful melody, has always struck me as a unique, beautiful carol tinged with melancholy.

The lyrics speak not of gifts, Santa Clause and snow. To me, this song subtly soothes the downtrodden, folks who've had a rough year. In its opening words, “Have yourself...” it echoes the way we insist someone do something nice for themselves when they don't think they should or can (“Go treat yourself to a new dress.”) It gives one permission to enjoy the holiday despite the woes, the pain and the losses of this year...”let your heart be light.”

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” offers hope (“Through the years, we all will be together”) with a shade of uncertainty (“If the fates allow”), which implores us to savor this moment, this Christmas. After all, who knows what will happen between this holiday season and the next? So say your “I love you's,” share a hug, a smile, and some egg nog.

And go ahead, have yourself a merry little Christmas.

(Dedicated to the Maxwell, Evans, Haynes/Graham and Jenkins families...and all families that suffered loss this year.)




Really nice rendition by Coldplay.


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on our troubles will be out of sight

Make the yuletide gay
From now on our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years
We all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas now


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Moody Music

During a recent long solo road trip, I rediscovered a mixed CD I created a while back entitled “Crazy,” laced with songs for those moments that can be described as just that. Not wild crazy or straitjacket crazy, but "this sucks" crazy.

And when one of those gray moments materializes, when I’m feeling like a pitiful, pathetic fool, I like to roll around in it for a while. Let the gloom marinate. Not long...maybe an hour or an afternoon. It's therapeutic, like a good cry.

This is me-against-the-world music. Brooding music. Ignore the phone, turn up the volume, ride around town, and burn-up-gas music.

Welcome to the pity party.

“Crazy” by Gnarles Barkley

(The original version of this song is on my playlist, but this version is hot fiyah...)

“I remember when I lost my mind...there was something so special about that phase...”

“Who do you think you are? Ha ha ha, bless your soul. You really think you’re in control?”


"Crazy." Fitting, I know.

 
“Liberation” by Outkast


“Can’t worry ‘bout what another n**** think, you see, now that’s liberation and baby I want it.”
Ahhhh, “Liberation.” So much to be said about this cut. So much to love about this cut. For one, it’s freaking long, nearly 9 minutes. A song this long gives you time to crawl inside of it and get lost.

Then there’s the beat; it’s cerebral. You don’t dance to “Liberation,” you vibe to it. Preferably up loud with good speakers and lots of bass. And the beat moves and morphs, taking you on a journey of chants, harmony, Erykah Badu, and poetry.

Shake that load off.



“Clocks” by Coldplay


“Clocks” has always reminded of something from a movie soundtrack (is it?). It’s intensity bodes well for those intense moments in life.

“...cursed missed opportunities. Am I part of the cure or am I part of the disease...”
Cursed missed opportunities. Sigh...



“Aquemeni” by Outkast




"Even the sun goes down, heroes eventually die Horoscopes often life and sometimes why Nothin' is for sure, nothin' is for certain, nothin' lasts forever But until they close the curtain It's him and I, Aquemini"

Another cut from the Aquemini album. Just an awesome album all around.

“King of Sorrow” by Sade



"I'm crying everyone's tears. I have already paid for all my future sins."

"Just another day...nothing's any good."

“Krazy” by Tupac



“A million things run through my mind...you ain’t gotta be in jail to be doing time.”


"Krazy," another aptly titled song for the "Crazy" playlist, is one of my favorite Tupac songs. From the Makaveli album, this pensive song is unknown by most because it wasn't released as a single, thus saving it from the gift and curse of radio airplay.


“Hold Ya Head” by Tupac


Another song about just trying to get through life...



“Falling” by Jay-Z



"I know I shouldn't have did that, I know it's gone come right back."
Lyrically, "Falling" relates to the events that lead to the downfall of 1970s drug lord Frank Lucas as depicted in the movie American Gangster. For me, it resonates with any moment that ends with, "What the heck was I thinking?"

“Spaceship”by Kanye West




"I been working this grave shift, and I made s***
I wish I could find me a spaceship and fly, past the sky."


I fell in love with this song from Kanye West's debut album College Dropout when I was working waiting tables at Ruby Tuesday. After my shift I'd jump in my hoopty, locate this track, and blast it on repeat all the way home.


"In the mall 'till 12 when my schedule had said 9..."


Don't you feel better now?