We have reached Christmas Eve. For those of you who celebrate I wish you a wonderful Christmas. I'll be spending the holiday with family on the South Shore. I'll try not to be overly loquacious, as I still have Swedish meatballs to make for this evening's Smörgåsbord. There will be no official blog-entry for Christmas Day. Both countdown playlists will resume on Boxing Day (December 26th.)
#7 Florence + The Machine
I've had more than a few things to be happy about musically this year and a new album from Florence + The Machine is right up there on the list! Her fourth LP, "High as Hope" came out in June and they're still on-tour in support of it, heading to Australia for the month of January. I saw Florence Welch and company live in 2012 on-tour for the "Ceremonials" album and it was a phenomenal energy-packed performance. I have no idea how she finds the energy to spin through the air, dart from one side of the stage to the other, and then leap off the stage and go sprinting through the audience, all while still singing. It's an amazing spectacle. The new record is a little more restrained and introspective than it predecessors, which took me a little getting-used-to as I've always been a fan of Welch's ability to convey high-drama and heartache with her explosive voice, but there are plenty of great songs on the new LP, like this one. "Hunger" is the second single to be released from "High as Hope" and it's #7 on the Lights-Camera-30 countdown!
Camera: Photo #7
So I have to be honest and tell you this isn't a photo from this year. It was taken in October of 2017, but I didn't have a website to share it with you on last year and it was one of my favorite shots from that year, so here it is now! This is one of my favorite times to photograph the city, when the sun is about to rise, but all of artificial lights are still on from the night just ending. Here the street-lighting perfectly circles Boston's North End neighborhood.
#7 The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
I've been adding to these two playlists every day since December 1st and so far we have not had one holiday song... Until now. It just so happens that the third studio album from Celtic punk rockers, The Pogues, "If I Should Fall from Grace with God" celebrated its 30th-anniversary this year!
This duet between lead singer Shane MacGowan and singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl came about in-part because the band's producer, Elvis Costello bet them they couldn't write a Christmas song. Not only did they prove him wrong, but they created a wildly popular holiday tune. It's not really Christmas Eve until you've spent part of it in the drunk-tank with "Fairytale of New York." It's waiting for you (along with Broadway, I promise) on the Anniversary-30 playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen