Hopes for a New Year

Let the sky celebrate!Let it pour some rainto wash away the past years’ grief. Let the fireworks speakannouncing a New Year to break,displaying seasons of different flavours. Oh New Year, can you restoreour hopes and spill our fears? I wonder.. What will you bring?Happiness, confusion, or sadness?Let the other years witness..your joy, your pity, yourContinue reading “Hopes for a New Year”

New Years Eve

When the bells all ring and the horns all blowAnd the couples we know are fondly kissingWill I be with you or will I be among the missing? Maybe it’s much too early in the gameAh, but I thought I’d ask you just the sameWhat are you doing New Year’s, New Year’s eve? Wonder whoseContinue reading “New Years Eve”

Joyous Kwanzaa

Founded by Dr Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa runs from December 26 to January 1. It is inspired by the First Fruits Festivals celebrated by the Nguni peoples of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and Swaziland; as well as Juneteenth (June 19, Freedom Day) celebrating the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. Kwanzaa (Swahili for firstContinue reading “Joyous Kwanzaa”

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”

Christmas Waltz

Originally released as the B-side to the famous White Christmas, this fabulous Christmas tune was written on a hot, dry California summer day, at the request of Frank Sinatra. Merry ChristmasMerry ChristmasMay your New Year dreams come true Frosted window panesCandles gleaming insidePainted candy canes on the treeSanta’s on his wayHe’s filled his sleigh withContinue reading “Christmas Waltz”

Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, will be celebrated in 2019 from sundown December 22 to sundown December 30. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, after a 3 year battle, to liberate the Land of Israel from the Syrian Greeks, who occupied it. Under Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the Syrian Greeks had imposed their culture,Continue reading “Happy Hanukkah”

Solstice Evergreen

December 21 – the longest night of this year, also known by some as Midwinter. A time to celebrate the returning of the sun and the lengthening of days. It came as a scene from an old picture postcardof Victorian ladies with skates on their feetof ponds frozen over and boughs hung with ice tipsandContinue reading “Solstice Evergreen”

Those Winter Sundays

Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call, and slowly IContinue reading “Those Winter Sundays”

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”