There’s no denying that when times are hard (and someone near you right now is having those hard times) Christmas can be a season of worry rather than wonder.
Sometimes you pray that somehow you will make it through December.
When things aren’t going well the prospect of Christmas can make you shiver more than the coldest Winter winds.
When you’ve got a family to support you’ve somehow got to hang on until the warmer winds appear.
You’ve got to make it through December.
Make it through.
Trust Merle Haggard, the working stiff’s balladeer, to tell it straight.
Let’s change the mood with some more Vintage Jazz.
Don Redman leads an All Star band featuring the imperious Tenor Saxophone of Coleman Hawkins.
I think we can safely say that now we have found those warmer winds!
Throw another log on the fire!
Trumpets : Joe Wilder, Charlie Shavers and Al Mattaliano
Trombones : Sonny Russo, Jimmy Cleveland and Bobby Byrne
Saxophones : Don Redman George Dorsey, Milt Yaner, Al Cohn, Seldon Powell and Coleman Hawkins.
Piano : Hank Jones, Guitar : George Barnes, Bass : Al Hall Drums : Osie Johnson
New York, July 1957
Thomas Hardy as Poet and Novelist proved himself to be a fearless, wintery, anatomist of the human heart.
So, his Poem, ‘The Oxen’ has for me a special poignancy in the heart wrenching desire to believe that there yet may be miracles in the gloom.
Here’s a gorgeous setting by Jonathan Rathbone sung by The Swingle Singers from their 1994 CD, ‘The Story of Christmas’.
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