By Jim Fusco:
A week away. I just can’t believe it. I haven’t had time to breathe, but I’ve managed to set up the whole house, buy and wrap gifts, and watch Christmas movies in this short period we call Christmas time. During these last few days, I’m trying to make the absolute most of it, and that involves doing things I actually want to do when I get home. I’m glad to bring you tonight’s Original Wednesday.
You know, I tried to present a new song here tonight, but my last Original Wednesday of the Session-a-day project rounds out with yet another Christmas song. I can’t believe we’re at the end of this project already. I mean, it’s been a lot of work and a long time in the making, but I look forward to the time when I can actually go back and appreciate it all. It’s been a great life-journal over these past few months.
Tonight’s orignal song is a tune that my father dictated to me, to which I attempted (back in 2000 or 2001) to add chords to. He’s maintained throughout the years that I didn’t get it right. The original music had a flute behind it. I remember the flute part exactly. I know that’s what he wanted in there. He says I don’t sing it right, either, but I suppose that’s the nature of cover songs…and the nature of transposing a song from a tune to the piano when you really don’t know how to play. Again, this was seven years ago when I was still VERY new to any of the “musical” instruments. I knew how to play the drums, but picked up piano and guitar on my own.
I actually remember being out at, I think, a place like Sturbridge Village with my aunt many summers ago and specifically buying one of those tin flutes so I could play this song’s flute part. I know I have a version of it somewhere. Wow, I think it’s actually right in front of my face right now on the desk in my room. If Chris gets me REALLY drunk (kidding!) maybe he can talk me into playing that almost certainly embarassing tape of Christmas songs for him. Hey, free fast-food always helps. But, then again, I owe him for last night’s dinner because I forgot to pay for his! What a friend I am…
I got to do a little shopping tonight, allowing me to neglect my nightly freelance work in favor of spreading some Christmas cheer. I hope I have a nice weekend and a nice time leading into Christmas.
Oh, and as one last note: I made a comment at work today about one of the reasons I love Christmas music so much. I really do like it more than just about anyone. I have over 200 Christmas songs and love every single one. Anyway, one of the reasons I love it so much is because of how happy the songs are. I can count on one hand the sad Christmas songs. And even those have sleigh bells…
Tonight’s original song is one of those sad songs (with sleigh bells) that basically points out how Christmas can be a sad time if no one’s there to make it a big event. I took my father’s verses (whether he says they’re correct or not) and appended the fast part way back then. The parts actually work together well and the lyrics even follow the same sentiment: “I want to be home on Christmas. If I’m not, then I’ll be sad. If you’re wondering why I’m sad, just look around and notice that I’m not home and around loved ones for Christmas!” So, it all comes back around.
Good night and see you on Saturday! Stay tuned for a great Thumpin’ Thursday post with Chris Moore tomorrow!