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”

So This Is Christmas

First released in the early 70’s, this song is sadly way too relevant nearly 50 years later. The message of peace still seems to fall on deaf ears far too often. Be kind to your neighbours and strangers on the street. Live love. So this is ChristmasAnd what have you done?Another year overAnd a newContinue reading “So This Is Christmas”

Winterlong

I waited for you, Winterlong You seem to be where I belong. It’s all illusion anyway. If things should ever turn out wrong And all the love we have is gone, It won’t be easy on that day. Waiting to follow Through the dreamlight of your way Is not so easy for me now. HalfContinue reading “Winterlong”

All I Get for Christmas is Blue

Not all of us feel like going “HO! HO! HO!” at this time of year. We’re not really in the mood for merry, jolly, happy, silly, sappy tunes ALL of the time. I worked in retail for 3 Christmas seasons. I got so sick of listening to corny “Christmas” tunes song off key all dayContinue reading “All I Get for Christmas is Blue”

A Hazy Shade of Winter

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were singer-songwriters who helped shape the sound of the 60’s. Fifty-plus years later, I can still recall hearing their songs when they were first launched on the radio. They were cool, insightful, totally different from what our parents, and even our older siblings, were listening to. Heck, we even hadContinue reading “A Hazy Shade of Winter”

Song for a Winter’s Night

Song for a Winter’s Night was first released on The Way I Feel (1967) and a different version was released on a greatest hits record, Gord’s Gold (1975): https://youtu.be/JRIlTvYp0ok. Like many winter classics, the tune was written on a hot summer day while Gord was on the road, wistful memories of home and family informContinue reading “Song for a Winter’s Night”

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is another perfect song for a snowy, blustery day like today. It reminds us after the storm there’ll be wintry paths to play along, creating snowmen while building dreams of the future. It’s a story of a couple in love – gender, age or race is NOT specified – so it could applyContinue reading “Winter Wonderland”

Let It Snow

Let it Snow is a classic, and totally appropriate for a day like today here in Toronto – the snow is blowing down, and probably will be all day. Of course the song itself was written on a very hot summer California day back in 1945. Sammy Cahn and Julie Styne were stuck in theContinue reading “Let It Snow”

The Water is Wide

Some songs have a way of being rediscovered and reconfigured by later generations, over and over again. Whether they be ancient folk songs, or more current jazz/rock tunes, they are adapted and adopted with new stylings to better suit the needs of an artist and the intended audience. The first version of The Water isContinue reading “The Water is Wide”

The Long and Winding Road

My sis and I were huge Beatle fans. She had them on a mug, I had their hair cut. We were so excited when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964! My mom thought they were awful, but we didn’t care. Even after my sis had left home to be in university, IContinue reading “The Long and Winding Road”