November 29, 2008

It’s Meant To Be the Happy Time of Year

I’m back from turkey over-indulgence and some holiday shopping. I’ll carry on PC’s post of sad songs with… more sad songs. For many of us, this is the best time of the year, but there are quite a few who struggle through this next month. Whether it’s financial or emotional, some don’t find much to cheer, and rightfully so. If you know someone like this, try to do something, no matter how small, to brighten their day. Alright, enough with the preaching. On to the music.

7 O’Clock News/Silent Night – Simon and Garfunkle
Thankfully the U.S. has some good news this year—the hope of a new administration to begin the repair the awful damage done these past eight years. But with the good news comes a daunting job. But for Simon and Garfunkle, with the news in the background, there’s not much to feel good about.

If We Make It through December – Merle Haggard
Haggard’s song is perhaps more relevant this year than any other since the song’s recording. The lyrics no doubt strike a chord for not just people in the U.S. but also the world over. Both Ohio and Pennsylvania, our home states, are struggling right now. This one is for them.

Christmas Will Be Just another Lonely Day – Brenda Lee

Nothing beats Peggy Lee. While Darlene Love is my Queen of Christmas, Brenda Lee is my… Princess, I suppose? Whatever her title, Lee’s got one of those voices that just soars. Few people could make loneliness sound so beautiful.

Christmas Is Just another Day for Me – Ernest Tubb
Want to talk about voices? Tubb was fast admit that he didn’t have a strong, or even particularly good voice. But that only makes it all the better.

What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas? – The Emotions
1. Drink. 2. Cry. 3. Smoke cigarettes while looking longingly out the window.

Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas? – The Staple Singers
The suspect of just who took the merry out of Christmas still remains at large to this day. If you have any information, please contact the proper authorities.

It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way – Jim Croce
Perhaps this wouldn’t automatically be classified as a Christmas song, but really, any excuse that I can get to put the great Jim Croce up here is welcome.

Don’t Believe In Christmas – The Sonics

Okay, let’s turn up the volume with this garage rock classic.

Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty

Finally, let’s end this daily installment of a misery soaked 77 Santas with a genuine rocker loaded with cheer.

1 comment:

Becky said...

That's such a nice intro to this post. The holidays can be super rough to some of this, but we gotta remember -- we're all in it together!

I love this site and can't believe how much care you put into it.

I've featured a link on Day One of my yearly Advent Calendar: http://www.beckyhaycox.com/advent2008. Hope that's okay, and take care!

Becky Haycox (aka hamblog or hambox)