And what have you done?Welcome, dear friends, to another holiday season – crazier and more frantic than ever, and playing out against the backdrop of a slow-moving coup being engineered by a frightening gang of selfish and brutish bigots with no appreciation of the values that made our country great. But, hey – it's Christmas, and I'm going to try to keep the focus on that. All are welcome here, regardless of how misguided your politics may be.
Another year older,
and a new one just begun.
The primary purpose of this blog is to offer a wee bit of background about the individual tracks I include in my annual holiday mix, a collection of songs and other noises that I've been assembling and mailing to family and friends dating back to at least 2005. In days of old I typically finished each year's project by mid-November and started distributing the finished CDs on Black Friday. Everything seems to take longer now – largely because I've got so much more to do these days. True confession: I've barely started this year's mix, and I've yet to complete the blog notes for last year's mix. But we'll get there – honest. Things may not be awfully polished, and there's bound to be a little less of everything. But we can get by with less, and that just makes each contribution that much more valuable.
Let's start by setting the right mood. I ran across this video earlier this morning on the Huffington Post, and although it was only released this past Sunday, it's already been seen by nearly 200,000 viewers and touched people from across the globe. It's a short video by British filmmaker Phil Beastall in which a quiet single man counts down the days for the final installment of a very personal holiday tradition:
This is the spirit by which this blog rolls, and the crazier things get in today's real world. the tighter we'll cling to it. For those who may need or want an extra helping of holiday spirit, I direct you to the Religion pages of the Huffington Post, where you'll find a collection of holiday commercials, mostly British, that will repair whatever was lost or damages by your ill-advised Black Friday shopping run.
Watch this year's Huffington Post Holiday Ad Clip Collection