Sunday, 22 December 2013
A Christmas Card From Scotland.
I suppose at Christmas we should also celebrate the original message. It's not just about presents and the ever increasing cost every year.
Is it about Jesus then? Well ,yes, but it's also about his message isn't it? That's the real reason why families gather round the table at Christmas, even if sometimes, when it's over, you are glad to see them all leave again and regain some peace on earth after the washing up :o)
I missed the three wise men so maybe these three travellers will do instead. Well, They have beards.
Family ties are what really matter though, when all the commercial hype is unwrapped and emptied into the bin for another year.
If the lesser animals can do it and live in harmony together... why cant we? Enough food to eat, a warm shelter and an inclusive, friendly community if you behave yourself within it. Deep down that's all humans really need to thrive. It's not rocket science is it? How come we struggle so hard to get it right then? Here endeth the Christmas Message:)
In this increasingly cynical world sometimes I try, just for the hell of it, to conjure up an air of wonder, mystery, beauty, unexpected surprise or just present a different view of everyday surroundings in this blog.With or without success as that's for you to judge. This video from a Hungarian band seeks a similar path. It's never an easy thing to get the balance right between whimsy, folklore and pagan themes, while capturing a real mood of something special and unique as any number of embarrassing recent big budget films prove, and there's a couple of images in this video I'd leave out personally myself but overall a great deal of thought, effort and imagination is apparent in each of the frames to create an atmosphere that I cant imagine a more image conscious and harder edged western band achieving somehow. There's a large gothic folk revival going on in eastern Europe at the moment with a lot of unusual talented bands appearing on the scene. Not exactly a Christmas theme but enchanting and very different in its own way. Beautiful and memorable music as well. What more can you ask? A violin can be a very expressive instrument for creating a mood put in the right hands.