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Musical Advent Calendar Day 24: Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town/Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas

I’m not a great fan of the modern, non-geographical, use – or over-use – of the word ‘journey,’ to describe a period of personal development of some kind. So I’m going to call this month’s musical advent calendar a trip instead.

It’s not been without its dilemmas (and one discovery has been how to spell that word). Each piece of music carries with it some sort of freight: I haven’t consciously tried to be unduly ‘cool’ in my choices, but, for example, there’s not been any Abba, when there clearly could have been.

Beyond that, though, the songs and the act of choosing them have stirred up memories, almost all good, of various things: events and periods in my life I associate them with; gigs I’ve been to; but most of all, the familial and other relationships they evoke.

Frozen Spider’s Web in Fife, earlier this year

I write this morning from our flat in Edinburgh, where we’re spending Christmas with Daughter and Heiress. It’s the first time we’ve done that: and yet, even though we still live full time in Fife, coming here still feels like coming home. Who knows, this could be the start of a new Christmas tradition for us…

…and as daylight slowly breaks over stormy, red-edged skies, I know that the rest of my small but perfectly formed family are gathering together elsewhere. In Canberra, my brother and his wife will be preparing for their two sons coming round, along with my younger nephew’s girlfriend; my sister’s in London with her Son Number 2 and his girlfriend; my older nephew will be with his wife, his own daughter and heiress, and his in-laws near Stirling. And wherever we are, I know two things: we’ll be raising a glass to those missing, and there will be music of some kind going on.

I’ve always considered myself the least musical of my siblings: I mean, they’ve both got Grade 107 or whatever in proper instruments like piano, violin and viola, and sing in choirs. I’ll never be much more than an average guitar player, and my singing’s not really up to much. But music, this month has taught me if I hadn’t known before, is a part of me. It’s been the soundtrack to my happiest moments; it’s kept me going through the most laborious of workaday chores; and in my darkest times, it’s been my salvation.

Grandpa Anderson’s Christmas Rose Pics: Alison Ferguson

So of whatever religion or none, celebrating the winter solstice or the longest summer day south of the Equator, I hope Bruce, Clarence and the rest of the band soundtrack a great day for you all, and thanks for listening!

I could have left it there. But Mariah Carey is a guilty pleasure. Yeah I know it’s cheesy, and she’s a total diva etc etc, but that joy in her voice when she hits the final top note: you can’t tell me that was a chore for her. You can act all cool and say, huffily, ‘well, I was going to give him Springsteen, but Mariah Carey! ‘ sake…’ all you like. I bet you click on the vid when no-one’s watching.

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They’ll be selling you stuff down here. Why not wait and see what’s under the tree for you


4 responses to “Musical Advent Calendar Day 24: Bruce Springsteen – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town/Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas

  1. Nick Clarke December 24, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Hohoho – from ‘Saint’ Nick. Well done on getting to 24.. I’ll miss your daily ramblings and my feeble attempts at response. I’m sitting with my D&H in my arms ( name ‘ the other ‘NC track?) and looking forward to raising a glass too.
    Funnily enough something you probably didn’t know about the BS track,,, it was my mum’s favourite Christmas tune. It was the one we dreaded: we could gauge how much wine she’d drunk by how many times it was played – and crudely performed to!
    Happy days and what we’d give to have a reprise tomorrow…
    Have a lovely day in the capital… if we could walk 500 miles….
    See you soon though.
    I’ll add the ( other) MC track to my Christmas Day playlist..

    • andrewcferguson December 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks ‘Saint’ – and thanks for following my ramblings, with your far from feeble responses. That’s a good memory of your Mum, and yes, meet up soon! Lots of fun Christmases ahead of you with your D & H

  2. Yeah, Another Blogger December 24, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    All the best to you and yours!


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