Well. We've reached the end of our annual Holiday madness. Hope we've helped to make your Season a little brighter, or, at least, more entertaining. Our Top 50 Records list begins Monday.
Shane MacGowan turns 52 tomorrow, what many folks recognize as Christmas Day.
We wrote this last year, but our feeling hasn't changed:
"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."
Our favorite Christmas song, then. Happy Holidays, and we'll see you on Monday.
Once Upon A Time...
The Pogues: Fairytale Of New York (mp3)
Whatever your religion, or mode of celebration, we wish you the very best in the coming year. Thanks for spending some time 'round this little part of the world. It's a big old goofy world, and we're all tryin' to make our way. Be good to each other.