Kiki remarked that the song is sad, but I said “so what?”. I’ve always liked sad songs even when I’m not feeling that way. First of all they remind us of the fact that not everybody is happy. Then it can make you remember times when you weren’t yourself, and finally it can prepare you for the eventually unhappy times to come. Then you will have a song to sing.
I quote Eddie Condon who said the following about an event when Bessie Smith came to a jam session in New York 1936 or -37. “She was still the great Bessie; hearing her magnificent voice complain about the sadness of living made life a lot easier too bear.”
So here’s MERRY CHRISTMAS from Narcisse Jazz Band! More music coming next year!