Today, Christmas Eve, I’m going to post a Christmas song. The choice is between Loudon Wainwright III’s Christmas Morning, Loudon Wainwright’s Conspiracies or James Last plays Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. (Okay, I made the last one up). So it will be Loudon Wainwright singing … Christmas Morning.
Despite a certain lack of enthusiasm from some close to me, I love Loudon Wainwright. I love his singing, his guitar work but mostly I love his songs. Loudon Wainwright’s songs can make me cry with laughter and cry with sadness, shame and anger. Who else can do that? Not many.
Christmas Morning tells us that:
“A week from today we begin a brand new year
Let us all be hopeful, men & women of good cheer
And resolve to fight against stupidity and fear
It’s Christmas morning
And as awful as the world can be we are still alive
And if we’re very careful we might well survive
There are cures and solutions, and there is compromise
No certainty here, just some hope, resolve, ifs and buts. Going into 2011, I think we might just have to make do with that.
Happy Christmas (and / or other mid-winter festivities) and a Happy New Year to my small but loyal band of readers.