Sarah McLachlan - "Happy Xmas (War is Over)"
This song has been running around my head lately, as I've prepared for the holidays to slide into full swing, with family and friends and children all around. There's something both bittersweet about it, and yet also hopeful. It walks this delicate balance between last year's shortcomings and the coming year's possibilities.
No one toes the line between ecstasy and heartbreak quite like Sarah. She gives us full gamut of ranges here, from the lover you lost to the war that's being raged over seas. It helps you put your small troubles into perspective which in turn helps you to find hope for the coming year.
So today, with things in sharp perspective, I choose Sarah McLachlan's cover of "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" as my look around at every gift, remember there will always be others more and others with less, gratitude for each breath, song for a, what else can I do, let me take my chances as I may, open your heart a little wider Wednesday.