Last night at the patio bar where I play, I broke out Christmas songs for the first time. The reaction shocked me.
I thought everyone would be going, “Oh, God, here we go now.” ): ): ):
Instead, smiles came to the faces in the crowd, people turned their chairs around to better see and hear, and many began singing along. I know I get a little jaded sometimes, but I was genuinely surprised and pleased that so many people were ready to embrace the season.
It’s easy to talk about “Tis the season, Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men, Joy to the World and all that, but it’s not so easy to always walk the walk. Let’s face it. We live in difficult times, and we’re still just beginning to emerge from the worst economy our nation has seen since the Great Depression.
Still, unemployment numbers are declining, there seems to be a few more dollars in circulation, and I sense people are anticipating change for the better.
It is an interesting scenario singing Christmas ballads while backed up to the Intracoastal Waterway and the temperature in the mid 70’s. The high rise condos across the water are decked out for the holiday, the boats are decorated for the upcoming boat parades and the hostesses are all wearing Santa hats. Hey… it’s South Florida. This is not your Grandma’s Christmas.
In between Jimmy Buffett and James Taylor songs, I tossed in White Christmas, Rudolph and Chestnuts Roasting on an open fire, (The Christmas Song). As I was making my goodbyes at the end of the night, a man from West Virginia, wearing a Mountaineers sweatshirt, came in with his family and granddaughter. Because I was already saying goodnight I did a quick Take Me Home Country Roads and started to get down off the stage. The W. VA man came up and asked if I could do Santa Claus is coming to Town for the little one. I write children’s books, music and poetry. How do I say no to a request for a child? As I broke in to the song, patrons at surrounding tables all joined in and sang along to the little girl.
I don’t know about you, but it made me feel good, and that’s what Feel Good Friday is all about.