Friday, December 23, 2011

"Three Songs About Christmas and Distance"

From Bill Kauffman to the "hundreds of thousands of our countrymen and women... far from their homes and families, fighting the endless wars and otherwise serving the anti-American Empire" — Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home…

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

I've always loved the Pretenders' "2000 Miles". Her voice is hauntingly wonderful in the studio version of the song! Here's their official video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCoZVxlZWtU&feature=related

Here's two more songs you may want to note (as you've done before) for the occasion, though from a movie that powerfully gets at the anti-war message:

"I'm Dreaming of Home" and "Silent Night" from the movie Joex Noel:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5iDz8Ul_AQ

December 23, 2011 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

And lastly, a touching song aptly named "Christmas in New York," by a great local Irish band (Shilelagh Law), that was inspired by 9/11.

Listen to the lyrics, and consider who their audience consists of: a lot of NYC Irish cops and firefighters and medics, and their families and friends. Relatives; neighbors; people I grew up with and went to school with.

Now whatever stupid foreign policy of imperial aggression came after 9/11 steered by the Midland, TX Boys and their U. Chicago puppeteers (look up Black '47, another local Irish band, for that commentary, we NYers have our own narrative of that day and its meaning.

This song, I think, gets at it. It captures a moment that did exist, recalled who we were, reminds us who we are, and consoles us as we move forward.

So yes, it's Christmas in NY again. And I hope where you are, too!

December 23, 2011 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Christmas in New York
by Shilelagh Law

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9POSq7qJ5Oc

December 23, 2011 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

Merry Christmas, sir!

December 24, 2011 at 3:51 AM  

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