Wednesday, December 24, 2008
It Was Christmas Eve, Babe....
Final Holiday post!!!! We made it!
So. Thanks for stopping by, whether it has been over the last month, the last year, or since the very beginning, lo these many years ago. We hope, if nothing else, we've been entertaining.
Please don't forget to stop by on Friday for the start of our Best of 2008 list. We think you'll find some of selections pretty nifty.
Our Holiday tune today is probably the most predictable. Oh well.
The Holiday season means as many different things for as many different folks as there are, well, folks. We at the Mountain are not particularly prone to any religious belief, so we choose to spend the Holidays with an eye to more earthly concerns, finding context in our relations to others, whether in celebration with friends and family, or in trying to do our part helping out those less fortunate. Seems as if these are things that that should and could be done any time of the year, but the Holidays do tend to focus one.
Shane MacGowan, of the Pogues, was born on December 25th, 1957, with the heart of the last great poet. Somehow he turns 51 tomorrow.
As the world continues to revolve, and uncertainty and worry become the de riguer fallback for those concerned about their jobs and the state of the world, The Pogue's "Fairytale of New York" seems not so distant a tale. It's a story of people in hard and desperate times, making their way as best they know, searching for the "rivers of gold". Shane and the immortal Kirsty MacColl imbue their characters with such longing, such humanity (and all it entails), such anger, disappointment, and, yes, hope, that one can't help but find a bit of themselves in each line. The musical backdrop provided by the Pogues swells with beauty and sadness, pulling you in and sweeping you along. It's not really the story of two drunken Irish immigrants looking for a pot of gold in a far off land. It's a story of all of us, and the dreams we build.
"Fairytale of New York" is, of course, a Christmas song, and it's our favorite, well and truly. We post this every year, and why not?
We wish the best for each and every one of you, however you choose to celebrate this Season. Cheers.
The Pogues: Fairytale of New York (mp3)