Today’s selection, Whatever Happened To Christmas, performed by Ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra, was composed by Jimmy Webb in 1968. To those folks, who might deem his lyrics to be cynical… or worse yet… to be blaspheming what, undeniably, is a perfectly wonderful, sacred holiday, I now invite you into my world… to hear out my POV…
I deem Webb’s words to be refreshingly down to earth… his mild snub at society’s over-commericalization of Christmas. More to the point… this is his refutation of the “sentiments” found in an endless slew of other holiday songs. Instantly coming to mind are the title lyrics of yet another treble and bass clef dotted, musical score, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.
Webb’s appeal is for all of us to get back in touch with our genuine feelings. If we, in earnest, could manage to sweep away all of that glitzy and glittery, stained-glass, ice-cold, avarice driven, Madison Avenue and song composer / hit maker hype… I believe we’d soon discover such unaffected, feelings actually still do exist. NO… we mustn’t give up on humanity yet.
Let’s flesh that all out a bit further…
For us to expect so much from each and every one of our Decembers is, at the very least, to be instantaneously and needlessly setting ourselves up for disappointment. At the very worst, one could easily come down with… get KO’d by… a bad bout of depression… find those tears of sorrow overflowing and streaming down our faces. And who would ever want to wish THAT on anybody?
To keep everything down to Earth… in our day to day living… especially for those of us who are being mercilessly browbeaten by the current crop of obscenely wealthy powers-that-be… stick figure politicians, ALL, who are sadistically leading the charge against us… it’s totally unrealistic for any average Jane and Joe’s life to ever measure up to the idyllic lifestyle “stuff and fluff”, which holiday songs are typically made of… all of that hype routinely churned out by Pollyannaish song composers.
In other words… with the perpetrators of class war at our throats, we could never expect life to ever be so storybook.
To stay human… we who are on the short end of the stick… the stick that beats us down every step of the way… we must, somehow, maintain an emotional even keel… must never set that ol’ expectations bar too high. That way, should our December experiences wind up not being the fodder… the paradigm… for some future Christmas song composer… at the very least… we’ll all be better prepared to take our lives in stride.
Of course, in the event something actually good DOES happen, unexpectedly, such an “Oh Wow” moment would prove itself far more meaningful and, perhaps, even elicit our ear to ear grins and tears of joy.
If it’ll make my average Jane and Joe compatriots feel any better… maybe even elicit our fleeting grins… I offer up my reminder that wealth is not only measured in dollars and cents. When it comes to human decency, WE are the billionaires… NOT our wallowing in wealth, bankrupt of values oppressors.
Look… long sigh… I am not suggesting in any way, shape or form that it’s wrong to feel deliriously happy… even giddy during the holidays. If you genuinely feel that way, more power to you. All I am saying is that since modern living isn’t always perfectly wonderful, moods can and do swing in the opposite direction. That means we must learn to maintain an even keel… not just during the holidays but 24/7/365.
A Daniel Fitzgerald piano cover of Jimmy Webb’s
Whatever Happened To Christmas
Now… turning to the nuts and bolts of our online lives…
In light of the current Dark Ages admin killing off Net Neutrality mere days ago… that means YouTube offerings such as those found above, could soon become difficult to access, endangered species… i.e., once they’ve been conveniently and summarily deemed “subversive”. Therefore I’m including this “hard copy” / “printout” as follows… well… uh… for now… i.e., until I, too, am someday unjustly deemed “subversive”…
Whatever happened to Christmas?
by Jimmy Webb
Whatever happened to Christmas? It’s gone and left no traces,
Whatever happened to the faces or the glow,
Whatever happened to Christmas, to the Christmas way of living?
Whatever happened to the giving, the magic in the snow?
Remember the sights and the smells and the sounds,
And remember hearing the call,
Remember how love was all around, whatever happened to it all?
Whatever happened to Christmas, the bells in the streets were ringing,
Whatever happened to the singing, the songs we used to know.
Whatever happened to Christmas, and when did it disappear from view,
Where was I, and whatever happened to you?
Whatever happened to Christmas and you?
I now thank you for your listenership and cordially invite you back for the remainder of my Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas… where I’ll be presenting select holiday classics… one-a-day… from now until we reach #1 on the 25th.
You’re also cordially invited to click back here for my regular monthly BlogCast… one that typically features anywhere from 3 to 5 songs that, when segued, transform everything into an appealing theme… this program slated to hit the www “airwaves” on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
It is my heartfelt hope that we can all find and delight in the true meaning of Christmas… find the real joys of the Holiday Season wherever we may find them!
FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.
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