We were out treasure-hunting along the beach when we came across a long stretch of driftwood. The rest of the day I had Travis on my mind, the sond ‘Driftwood’ playing on repeat. Such a melodious and peaceful song, with such sad lyrics…
Everything is open Nothing is set in stone Rivers turn to ocean Oceans tide you home Home is where the heart is But your heart had to roam
We have a saying in Norway: ‘You can never be a prophet in your own hometown.’ In many cases that saying is true. However, there is a band from the area which has really proven it wrong. The band released their first album in 2001 and the songs were soon on everyone’s lips. Last year a play was set up based on their songs. The theatre sold out and set up more shows, which again sold out. Then the band announced their tour dates, which included five concerts here. All five concerts sold out rapidly.
As a perfect date (it sounded like one in my head at least) I bought tickets to go see the play as part of Husband’s advent calendar (according to Husband this sounded like something I’d like more than him. I, however, think he failed to see the wonderful gift of giving him a chance to learn to love the theatre and live plays – broadening his horizon in a positive manner must truly be a thoughtful and gratifying gift – and I think these aspects undoubtedly overshadow the hint of selfishness that one could argue was present in the buying of this gift)(and let us ignore the fact that I listen to the band more than he does and know more of their songs). Anyway, the tickets I bought were for a day in early December. On the day of the show, I was in London. My perfect date happened without me. The date was in fact not a date at all, but an evening out for Husband and a friend of his. They both enjoyed the show though, but I was a little sad. Not only had I missed out on a great date out with Husband, I had also missed the sold out play that I had looked forward to.
I have just started working as a teacher again. Already the first week I was presented with one of the perks of the trade: the school had bought tickets for all the students to go see the play. Obviously, they needed teachers to go with them.
The play was fantastic! We’re talking goosebumps, tears, laughter, and pain. The only thing missing was the company of my knight in shining armour – but I see more dates in our future!
And btw: Band is Kaizers Orchestra, play is called Sonny.
God Jul! 😀 We have reached the final day of my countdown. Today we celebrate Jul and tomorrow it’s all over. No, it’s not, not really, The days after We are spending the day with family, chillin out, maxin, relaxin and all that all day long, and long into the wee hours of the night. Son is thrilled about everything walking around the house calling for Santa (‘isse! ‘isse!). He’s been so patient looking at all the gifts around the house. Every time he wants to open one, we remind him that we have to wait until the main day of yule, and he nods his head in agreement and says: “Gift. Yule. Yes.” (Pakke. Jul. Ja.)
It’s ironic that on a day of bliss, material extravaganza and so much food, the most important song to me is Do they know it’s christmas by Band Aid. This song should give me nothing but a bad conscience about the materialistic way of life we have, but I need it to get that special cosy yule feeling. Hypocritical of me? Yes, very! I guess I block out the meaning of the words when I sing along.
I don’t mean to spoil the day for you. But enjoy what you have, appreciate those around you. To honour those who don’t have it all, truly cherish what you have. Don’t take it for granted. So to get the best out of today, love, and love with all your heart and remember just how fortunate you are.
As mentioned earlier, the boybands of the 90s left their mark on me. Backstreet Boys were the main sinners, which results in this song having a very high priority on my list. The song was published in 1997. Hope you enjoy!
Today I present to you the best selling single of all time, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. If you haven’t heard it before, you surely must have lived on the moon, or further away. Even in North Korea it should be well known.
The singer, Bing Crosby, though not the first to sing either of the songs today, lived from 1903 to 1977 and was one of the great entertainers of last century.
It’s simply not christmas without this song! Originally by Brenda Lee in 1958. The version I have here is one from 1987, so almost as old as I am, which was recorded for charity by Kim Wilde and Mel Smith. The song raised funds for Comic Relief.
The song is credited to Mel & Kim as a parody of the singers Mel and Kim, who were very popular at the time of publication.Mel & Kim – Rocking around the christmas tree
Step into christmas was published in 1973 as a stand alone single. The original would have been fun to get hold of, or at least a copy of the b-side of the record which had the song Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas). The song is anyway a fun, up-beat tune, and I hope you enjoy it!
I have to give you two versions of the same song today. The song was first sung on a radio show in November 1934. Already by the next day 100 000 copies of sheet music were ordered, and by yule that year 400 000 copies were sold. An instant hit in other words. Numerous recording have been done by all kinds of musicians have been made since then, including names such as Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Green Day and Destiny’s Child. The two versions I have on my list are those of Jackson 5 and Frank Sinatra.
Wow, only ten more days to go. I wish I had done more by now. I still have gifts to buy, and should have produced more for my thesis. But, I assume I’ll get there in due time. I hope you all enjoy the advent days, and find time to enjoy every single day. That special yule feeling is so easily lost if there’s too much to do on your daily list of chores.
Take some time now, exactly five minutes and ten second, put on this song, put your feet on a chair, sit back, relax and enjoy Luther Vandross and Have yourself a merry (five minutes and ten seconds) christmas
I thought my Mac had let me down. Last christmas Husband gave me a Mac. I have worn out one PC after the other and was sick and tired of failing batteries, low battery life, crashing software, heavy laptops and annoying setups. I was willing to try a Mac. And this Mac really helped me see the light. Once I went Mac, I realized I’d never go back! But this weekend (and also a few days last week) I was unable to connect to our router. Connection failed and timed out every time I tried. I was sure my mac, and its wireless network, had failed me. A friend of mine was able to connect to our network while I was still unable, so I figured I couldn’t blame it on the router. I took to the applehouse and wanted a native mac-speaker to sweet talk to it properly. The Mac didn’t even need a greeting in its native language before it had connected to their network. I took it to Uni and was able to connect to the network there, even without a password. I took it home again, and connecting timed out, again. But now I stood behind my three-lettered friend and deeply believed I had blamed it for doings it was not guilty of doing.
Now, what was this blabbering about again? oh, yes, the reason why I have not counted down yule with you over the weekend. I apologize for that, but won’t try to make it up to you. Instead I have grouped together some songs for later this month. Going back a few days on the calendar is something I deem unnecessary, unless the calendar contains chocolates. So today I will leave you with the most annoying track on my list. I almost dislike this song, but it’s a mandatory track during the yule month, and so I must pass this nuisance along and hope that you listen to it until you know it by heart and just can’t help but sing or hum along. Have a great monday!