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Archive for December, 2014

A NEW Christmas Song

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Mele Kalikimaka!   Merry Christmas to you and your ‘ohana!

I wrote a new Christmas song, a gift for my parents.  It came from a remark I made to a friend when we discussed the holidays with our families:  It’s  just our family, not a Norman Rockwell painting.

I’d grown up loving the art of Norman Rockwell, especially his paintings of families at holiday gatherings.  I loved the details he included.  And I was also a little jealous of the characters.  They always seemed to be so perfect.

This year, I revisited all of those familiar paintings.  And you know what?  My memory of “perfect families” was wrong.  Rockwell’s genuis comes from the life he managed to infuse on the canvas.  The perfection of the imperfection.  And I fell in love with those scenes all over again.  Check out his artwork to see what I’m talking about.  A lip tight with stress.  A tear in an eye.  Awesome.

I sang the song for my family last night, Christmas Eve, when we exchange gifts.  I was excited to share it and wanted everything to be perfect for the performance.  The family all sat near the tree.  James was primed to record the song in a video to share it here on the blog with all of you.

And, of course, nothing is perfect.  Or maybe it’s perfectly imperfect.

Because the “perfect scene” I had imagined went right out the window.  The dog walked in and out of the frame continually.  A glass of wine was spilled right at a crucial (and sentimental) moment in the song.  The lights on the tree refused to behave.  My ‘ukulele refused to stay in tune.  The camera didn’t record it.

And it WAS perfect.

I’ve included the lyrics below.  Maybe you’ll see your own family in them, too.

Sending you all warm Aloha.

Right on.

‘TIS THE SEASON

JASON POOLE (CHRISTMAS 2014)

 

WE ALL KNOW THOSE CLASSIC SCENES

FROM CHRISTMAS CARDS AND MAGAZINES

FALLING SNOW AND A HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH

ARE SIGNS THAT FAMILY IS ON THEIR WAY

 

BUT MODERN LIFE MEANS A TRAFFIC JAM

AND SLEETING RAIN ON OUR MINIVAN

AFTER ARGUING AND STICKING OUT TONGUES

THE KIDS SING CAROLS AT THE TOP OF THEIR LUNGS

 

TIS THE SEASON, ‘TIS REALITY

IT’S NOT A NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING

IT’S BETTER

 

GREEN WREATHS HANG FROM WINDOW PANES

CHOCOLATE FUDGE AND CANDY CANES

IT JUST LIKE ENTERING SANTA’S WORKSHOP

WHEN THE KIDS VISIT GRAMMY AND POP-POP

 

BUT OUR FAMILY IS A NOISY CROWD

MAKING CHRISTMAS TOWN PRETTY LOUD

CHAOS FROM FLOOR TO CEILING

WELL, AIN’T THAT THE CHRISTMAS FEELING

 

TIS THE SEASON, ‘TIS REALITY

IT’S NOT A NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING

IT’S BETTER

 

PRESENTS PILED BENEATH THE TREE

THE KIDS ARE WAITING EXPECTANTLY

FOR THE START OF ALL THE FUN

AS THEY OPEN THEM ONE BY ONE

 

BUT THE TOY CASTLE IS MISSING A PART

MUST’VE FALLEN FROM THE SHOPPING CART

THE TALKING DOLL WON’T SAY “PRETTY PLEASE”

SO WE’RE SCRAMBLING FOR BATTERIES

 

TIS THE SEASON, ‘TIS REALITY

IT’S NOT A NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING

IT’S BETTER

 

AFTER SAYING A CHRISTMAS PRAYER

THE KIDS LINE UP FOR HUGS AT POP-POP’S CHAIR

AND GRAMMY KISSES THEM EACH ON THEIR HEADS

AND WE SEND THEM OFF TO BED

 

NOW COMES OUR GROWN UP TIME

SOME CHEESE AND CRACKERS, A GLASS OF WINE

AFTER WEEKS OF RUNNING ‘ROUND LIKE MANIACS

WE PUT OUR FEET UP AND RELAX

 

AND WE SIGH ‘CAUSE IT ALL GOES SO FAST

EACH SEEMS QUICKER THAN THE LAST

WE DRINK A TOAST TO THOSE NO LONGER HERE

AND START PLANNING AGAIN FOR NEXT YEAR

 

TIS THE SEASON, ‘TIS REALITY

IT’S NOT A NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING

IT’S BETTER

© Jason Poole 2014.  All rights reserved.

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Aloha, gang!

Need some help when it comes to getting motivated?  Me, too.

Here is a playlist (courtesy of my computer) to help keep you musically inspired while you work out, make your way around town, commute to work or just surround yourself in mele Aloha.

Nanina – Kuana Torres Kahele
Analani E – Na Palapalai
Lovely Sunrise Haleakala – Napua Greig
He Mele No Kauai Kaupapa – Weldon Kekauoha
Haleuia – Kuana Torres
Ohai Alii Kaluhea – Holunape
Hilo Hula – Uluwehi Guerrero
Halamua Kihi Loa – Kuana Torres Kahele
Ka Ua Kilihune – Hoku Zuttermeister
He Aloha Moku O Keawe – Na Palapalai
Papalina Lahilahi – Genoa Keawe
Hanalei Moon – Dennis Pavao
E Pili Mai – Kealii Reichel
Nani Kauai – Amy Hanaialii Gilliom
My Sweet Pikake Lei – Brothers Cazimero
Lehua Beauty – Kuana Torres Kahele
Kuu Home Alo Kele – Napua Greig
Kuu Hoaaloha – Weldon Kekauoha
He Aloha No O Honolulu – Na Palapalai
Nani Na Pali Hauliuli O Na Koolau – Hoku Zuttermeister

(Notes: The list was chosen by the “Genius” feature in iTunes.  I’ve transcribed the song titles/artists as they appear in iTunes so that they are easier to look up and reference when purchasing the tunes on the web.  I’ve purposely not used diacritical marks.  This is what I’ll be listening to while I’m on the treadmill.  Bring it on!)

Happy Aloha Monday.

Right on.

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