“Better half-remembered”

Yesterday, I drove into New York City, and spent the day with friends and contacts, meetings and parties (which is why I didn’t post; yes, I will make up for it).

So now I’m in NYC, so this song is somewhat appropriate.

I have long loved this song. The strings are fantastic and gorgeous. But what really makes it for me are the lyrics. Ian Anderson has this amazing ability to evoke such emotion and complexity of character in his poetic lyrics.

Some things are best forgotten, some are better half-remembered
I just thought that I might be there on your Christmas night
And the first snow on Brooklyn makes a lonely road to travel
Cold crunch steps that echo as the blizzard bites

The loneliness of Christmas in one chorus. I love this song.

Special bonus today: I recorded an acoustic cover. I hope you enjoy. And hug a loved one this holiday.


This is part of a series of posts I’m writing every day of December until Christmas, musing on my 25 favourite Christmas songs. The first one is here.

If you enjoy my writing, consider checking out my experimental fiction project Azrael’s Stop, about a boy who must learn to live when everyone he loves has died. Updated daily at azraelsstop.com.

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