Reid Lee - "Hard Candy Christmas / River Medley"
So here's a little Holiday treat from a show that I was a part of at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on 12/10/17. It was called "Sour the Nog" and was mildly about the sickeningly sweet and sometimes sad feelings that the holidays can bring about.
So clearly these two songs came to mind. As a country boy who grew up on Dolly Parton music, Hard Candy Christmas was so easy to attach to. We've all had our share of heartache, and we've all had to struggle through holidays smiling to distant family members as you're internally picking up the pieces of your shattered heart.
Then, when I started thinking about it, River kept coming back to me. It really spoke to me about living in a city where the seasons never change, and everything you grew up knowing is thousands of miles away. The kind of lonesome heartache for familiar things and the comfort of knowing that everything, even sadness, is temporary.
So today, with Ebenezer on one shoulder and Cindy Lou Who on the other, I choose Reid Lee's "Hard Candy Christmas / River Medley" covers of Dolly Parton & Joni Mitchell as my, warm that cold heart, grow three sizes, keep believing each miracle is on the way, song for a, wishes like snowflakes, hope and heartache in equal measure, light up the night sky Thursday.