Christmas seems to change as we age, becoming less about happiness and more about health. Not health in the sense of minding one's gout or watching calories, but health in the sense of actually relaxing alongside a fire with the dreams of sugar plums and chai lattes, breathing at a regulated pace, temporarily blocking out social and professional pressures in order to rediscover that shrinking inner penguin that waddles for the sheer sake of waddling, overjoyed with the fuzzy feeling of being alive, seeing snow, and allowing the sounds of the season to seep through its ears (and yes, penguins do indeed have ears, though they do not have external ear flaps). Rediscovering said penguin requires both staying healthy, as is emphasized emphatically to university students as they trudge through exams, but the idea of staying happy, of reminding yourself what brought you to joy-tears as a six year old, is truly the sign of a successful holiday. Let's all allow ourselves to feel that way again, as often and as forcefully as possible.
Please treat yourself to some magic over the next couple weeks. C'mon! It's Christmas time!
released December 17, 2016
Recorded at the London house & at Anita's Toronto home, November-December 2016. Mixed & mastered on various greyhound busses and upon various desks around Ontario.
Anita Cazzola - voice on "Favourite Things"
Sam Boer - voice, guitar, synth, glockenspiel, bells, recorders, percussion, melodian, tuned bottles/jars, probably other things
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