Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Brooklyn Christmas

This was a street in my neighbourhood two days ago. There's nothing like silence sudddenly descending on a city to make you feel Christmassy, or that war has been declared and no one told you.

So with that happy thought, it's time to sign off on this blog experiment for a short while, take a calorific holiday, then get back to work making the music that will either heal the world, or finally put it out of it's misery. I am nothing if not a humanitarian.

Have fun whatever you're doing, and see you in 2009.

P.S There's a little download you can grab of a Christmas classic - butchered, bled white, and slow roasted by me, on myspace. As soon as I can figure out how to put MP3s up here, I'll do that too.


  1. This is great!
    I can't tell you how much I like this because I am not a native speaker of English and I couldn't possibly find the words to define it...
    Thanks for sharing all this.

    PS: your voice is so sweet...

  2. merry christmas to you and your family. thanks for posting poetic texts, pictures..hope to see you on stage in ireland soon :o)

  3. It was sunny and desperately snowless in Paris today. Come over here, Rain Man, and save us from blue sky!

    Enjoy your calorific holiday. See you soon.

    Joyeux Noël!

    PS: If you butcher classics what should I say of my use of your English tongue?

  4. Joyeux Noël et bon bout d'an !
    Merry Christmas and see you next year !

  5. Is that a ukulele I hear? Very nice, almost sounds happy but leaves room for doubt. Merry Christmas to you too.

  6. Wishing you all the best for 2009 and one thing that heartens me there will still be Tom McRae writing and producing beautiful music even though I know in my heart of hearts, that there will be as many suffering, there still will be wars, poverty and homeless in 2009. As we all know good music helps get us through lifes many issues and heartbreaks.
    Have a great Xmas break and we'll all meet up here in the New Year to talk about ways of losing our excess Xmas pounds we've put on;-)x

  7. Thanks for the song and for your blog which has been sublime. Have a great Christmas!

  8. lovely photo. the snow is so pretty when it's fresh.

    from karen in ny

  9. Merry Christmas Tom!

  10. Happy Christmas! This is my first Christmas in LA, and I'm a finding the decorated palm trees a bit weird! I'm sure things are more Christmasy in Brooklyn. Thanks for the rendition of White Christmas...I'm always a bit torn with Christmas songs, where they tug at the heart strings of my youth and make me feel blasphemous at the same time.

  11. You are funny. And I like your version of Let It Snow on Myspace but it makes you sound like you have mad hair. DO you have mad hair? I bet you do.

  12. Thanks for the song, Tom--a nice treat right before the holidays! ^_^ Merry Christmas from currently-snowy (but soon-to-be-rainy, of course) Halifax, and we wish you the very best for next year.

    (And I've just noticed your Goodreads rss feed. Hooray for book reviews!)

  13. Love the photo!! but I have to say your version of 'white christmas' sounds aweful. Seriously. It's even more depressing than the cover of 'wonderful christmastime' you once did.

    Anyway: have a great Christmas!

  14. BUT on the other hand: that's what I like about your songs the most. The depressing part. But it just don't feel right with Christmas songs. Oh well...

  15. When my daughter heard the intro of your new myspace song, she exclaimed "'Just Like Tom'!"
    "Just Like Just Like Tom" perhaps?!

  16. Happy and white Christmas!Tom

    This year, I could have a happy time to read your blog.
    Thank you.

    I'm a Japanese and I can't speak English, so it took a little time to understand your words.But that was a happy time for me.

    Have wonderful holidays:-)

  17. Happy christmas time for all McRaetheists and especially to Sir Tom, the most incredible singer I ever heard.
    Thanks for the Xmas song, so nice, depressing but hopful (thanks ukulele) :)
    Enjoy your calorific holidays Tom!
    JOYEUX NOEL !!!!

  18. Have a lovely Christmas Tom, and everyone else too. I hope your holiday is gloriously calorific (I'll try not to get too envious - I mean, how does someone manage to consume so much alcohol and stay so goddamn skinny?), and I hope you come back refreshed.

    Merry Christmas : )

    P.S. I know it's me - can't figure out the download thing for myspace. Ah well, I enjoy listening to it at any rate - thanks :).

  19. I don't know how to download it either!

  20. Hi!

    Merry Xmas. Mine was definitely good: my sis bought me Tom's live album. Thnx God for Tom and Internet ;))

    cinnouse from hungary (right now it's freezing out there... and yesterday we've had a little bit of snow. so we've had a white xmas. so odd... :))

  21. Merry Christmas Tom. Thanks for the words and music.

  22. Cheers for the xmas song Tom and hope the festive feast was everything you hoped for.

    Thought you might enjoy the following:

    Sung to the tune of Walking in a winter wonderland:

    Lacy things -- the wife is missin',
    Didn't ask for her permission,
    I'm wearin' her clothes,
    Her silk pantyhose,
    Walkin' 'round in women's underwear.

    In the store -- there's a teddy,
    With little straps -- like spaghetti,
    It holds me so tight,
    Like handcuffs at night,
    Walkin' 'round in women's underwear.

    In the office there's a guy named Melvin,
    He pretends that I am Murphy Brown.
    He'll say, "Are you ready?" I'll say,"Whoa, Man!"
    "Let's wait until the wife is out of town!"

    Later on, if you wanna,
    We can dress -- like Madonna,
    Put on some eyeshade,
    And join the parade,
    Walkin' 'round in women's underwear!

    Lacy things... missin',
    Didn't ask... permission,
    Wearin' her clothes,
    Silk pantyhose,
    Walkin' 'round in women's underwear,
    Walkin' 'round in women's underwear,
    Walkin' 'round in women's underwear!

    Have a great New Year

  23. 'Tis blessed to bestow, and yet,
    Could we bestow the gifts we get,
    And keep the ones we give away,
    How happy were our Christmas day!
    ~Carolyn Wells Keep it up nice one!


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