You Must Believe in Spring

Beneath the deepest snowsThe secret of a roseIs merely that it knowsYou must believe in spring When lonely feelings chillThe meadows of your mindJust think if winter comesCan spring be far behind? Just as a tree is sureIts leaves will reappearIt knows its emptinessIs just a time of year The frozen mountains dreamsOf April’s meltingContinue reading “You Must Believe in Spring”

January Hymn

On a winter’s Sunday I goTo clear away the snowAnd green the ground below April all an ocean awayIs this a better way to spend the day?Keeping the winter at bay What were the words I meant to sayBefore you leftWhen I could see your breath leadWhere you were going to Maybe I should justContinue reading “January Hymn”

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas runs from December 25 to January 5. January 6 is Epiphany, celebrating the coming of Magi (3 Kings Day). Epiphany Eve, January 5 is also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 days of Christmas was originally a chant, with French origins. In 1780, it was published for the first timeContinue reading “12 Days of Christmas”

I've Got Everything I Need, Almost

In 2019, Downchild has been celebrating 50 years of making sweet Canadian blues. The cherry on the cake has been having their song I’ve Got Everything I Need, Almost inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Congrats gents, long may you play! I got everything I need, almostI got everything I need, almostBut IContinue reading “I've Got Everything I Need, Almost”

Snow Day

Growing up in the countryside of south-western Ontario, we definitely knew what winter was all about. We were bussed to school and the drivers were fearless. Some could navigate the unplowed roads and through near blow outs as they had driven the roads every day for years. I can recall one day having a neighbourContinue reading “Snow Day”

I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

Need an upbeat winter tune to help get your gears in motion? Irving Berlin wrote a real treat in this one : I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm. It’s guaranteed to get you off of your chair, out of your blue funk, and ready to face those never ending lists of chores, parties,Continue reading “I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”

Northern Sky

I never felt magic crazy as thisI never saw moons knew the meaning of the seaI never held emotion in the palm of my handOr felt sweet breezes in the top of a treeBut now you’re hereBrighten my northern sky.I’ve been a long time that I’m waitingBeen a long that I’m blownI’ve been a longContinue reading “Northern Sky”

River

River, released nearly 50 years ago, is a classically Canadian, non-Christmasy, Christmas-time tune of lost love. It’s perfect for those who may have the Christmas blues, or are just tired of listening to the fake, off-tune, glittery tunes the radio churns out 24/7 this time of year. It’s coming on Christmas They’re cutting down treesContinue reading “River”

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Initially released in 1984, Do They Know It’s Christmas? was a collaboration of top UK musicians, under the header Band Aid . The recording was made in an attempt to raise money for the starving in Ethiopia, who the world seemed to have forgotten. In 2004, Band Aid 20, re-recorded the original song. The recordsContinue reading “Do They Know It's Christmas?”

Grown Up Christmas List

Do you remember meI sat upon your kneeI wrote to you with childhood fantasies Well I’m all grown-up nowAnd still need help somehowI’m not a childBut my heart still can dream So here’s my lifelong wishMy grown-up Christmas listNot for myselfBut for a world in need No more lives torn apartThat wars would never startAndContinue reading “Grown Up Christmas List”