“…Upon A Winter’s Shadow…”

by rocky-o

jazzville skylineI recently saw a wonderful documentary on singer/songwriter Sting, where he discussed his thoughts on going into the studio to make a ‘Christmas’ album.

He decided that he didn’t want to do the ‘usual’ songs of the season, but instead, to make a ‘winter’ album, and to make sure that it had a more ‘spiritual’ feel to it.


“If On A Winter’s Night” is the name of this beautiful album, and, within every track, there’s a peacefulness and preciousness in keeping with the true ‘nature’ of the season, and one track that really stands out is a tune called “Soulcake.”

On the dvd documentary (that comes with the concert at Durham Cathedral), Sting elaborates on the lyrics and history of this song, remarking that it’s an Olde English song about an Olde English tradition, where, each year at Christmastime, people would leave cakes by their front doors for those less fortunate…and one specific line within the song struck me with a smile…

”…One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all…”

…and, as you continue through the lyrics, you hear that, those ‘receiving’ the goodies, are blessing the houses and those who live there, even if they are not able to give.

And this was a message that was too important not to share this holiday season, because, within every sting of winter…

…there is always warmth to be found…

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