KURATED NO. 55
SONG OF THE DAY:
The Shortest Days of the Year by Noah Walker CONTENTS
EDITOR’S NOTE This post first appeared in 2019 when Kurated was sent in email format.
I’m slowly publishing those entries on the site.
NOAH WALKER: THE SHORTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR
Wishing you a chill, pagan celebration (if you want!)
“You don’t have to pray / You don’t have to spend your money / You don’t have to decorate / You don’t have to put up with your family if you don’t want.”
So opens Noah Walker’s relaxed, bluesy and soul-coloured call to be chill during the spurt of consumption and socialization we often subject ourselves to during “the holidays”, AKA Christmas.
“It’s just the shortest days of the year / That’s all this ever really was / It’s just as good a reason as any to be with the ones you love.”
I’d love to see this easy going tune become a seasonal standard. Neither cynical nor dismissive, it’s a smart and languid take on this time of year.
“It’s just the shortest days of the year / So make of it what you will.”
Vancouver musician Walker recorded this song in 2012 with the band Broken Mirrors, one of several musical projects he’s involved with. Recently, he’s been performing and recording with the duo Kitty and the Rooster who played at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Check him out here.
Thanks to my daughter’s mother and Kurated reader Joni Miller for alerting me to this song and shooting the video at the Libra Room!
19 December 2019