Wintersong – Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan is my all time favourite singer. There was a time in my life, when I felt that I could never relate to a female singer, since I was a guy! Ok, I was dumb enough to think that. I count many ladies among my collection and Sarah is at the top of that list. She has some of the most beautiful songs, with deep, personal lyrics that can touch your soul and pull at your heart strings. And her voice – what a voice! People call her music goth-pop or gothic pop-rock, but I just call it pure Sarah. In 2006, she came out with Wintersong a Grammy nominated holiday album released in October 2006. It was produced by longtime collaborator Pierre Marchand and includes contributions from bassist Jim Creeggan of the Barenaked Ladies. The album also includes a duet with Jazz musician Diana Krall.

The album debuted @ #42 on the Billboard charts, selling about 20,000 in its first week. It later peaked @ #7 and has so far sold 759,162 copies in the US & over 200,000 copies in Canada. World wide sales are over a million.

Here are the tracks listed:

  1. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (John Lennon, Yoko Ono)
  2. “What Child Is This (Greensleeves)” (William Chatterton Dix)
  3. “River” (Joni Mitchell)
  4. “Wintersong” (Sarah McLachlan)
  5. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (Walter Kent, Kim Gannon)
  6. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner)
  7. “The First Noel / Mary Mary” (Traditional)
  8. “Silent Night” (Josef Mohr, Franz X. Gruber)
  9. “Song for a Winter’s Night” (Gordon Lightfoot)
  10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane)
  11. “In the Bleak Mid Winter” (Traditional)
  12. “Christmas Time Is Here” featuring Diana Krall (Vince Guaraldi)

Appropriate for this time of year!

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Intensity In 10 Cities

Have you ever had a day off from work and been so disappointed? That is the way I feel about today. First of all, read what happened yesterday and then listen to this. The power went out last night around 1 am and I wasn’t feeling sleepy at all but since there was nothing to do, I tried to sleep. It was impossible as the mosquitoes kept buzzing in my ear and biting me. I tossed and turned and finally the power came back on. Only to go out again! I had to open the windows to have a little cool breeze blowing in and screw the mosquitoes. But sleep was hard to come by. Finally I feel asleep around 5 am and woke up by 11.

It was the phone that woke me up. Office stuff. As soon as I had a coffee in me, I was rubbing my eyes and opening my official mail inbox. Stuff was not getting done and I was stuck till lunch time which was around 2 pm. For a while it seemed that I might have to go to work today as well. It was touch and go for a couple of hours. From 4 it was back to phone calls and replying mails and excel sheets. I also had to wait for people to call me back. Finally I kept the phone as I said bye to my team lead and wondering where the day had gone! It was almost 6 pm!

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It could have been worse I supposed but I felt like ‘could I have my off day back, please?’