|[a] Jagged RF|
|[b] Cosmology RF|
Take a listen to my pentalogy of songs. They aren't particularly sad, and you should be grateful that I left out a few miserable gems that would have broken your holiday spirit and left your celebrations in tatters (not taters). I have a heart, it turns out (just search "Merle Haggard December") if you want to know where this could have gone).
In any case, we head from Tex to Gene to Loretta, and wrap it up with Patty and the King. They are all about seasonality and a little about Christmas. It is perhaps not going to shock readers of Round and Square that a certain "approach" to the season dominates (there are not very many songs about the holidays that focus on, let us say, other world religious traditions).
Still, these songs should be an enjoyable mix of everything (the "five holiday songs"), and give a pretty good feel for the whole of this time of year.
Since Gene Autry brought up one of the major holidays of the season, we'll keep the focus briefly there but zoom out, as it were, to a distinctly wider spatial configuration. "Country" is a lot bigger than "Texas," at least unless you look at the map on Autry's song on the video you just watched. There, the Texas panhandle stretches ever northward, and Amarillo makes it (by morning) into Manitoba. Loretta Lynn channels Coal Miner's Daughter as she tells us all about what Christmas is like in "country."
|[c] Frozen RF|
Sunday, January 1, 2012
We'll start the year out right with a nice dose of measured misery. We'll work back cautiously into full-scale emotional pain, so next week will require only a half-box or so of tissue.
|[d] Blue RF|