“A Long December” by Counting Crows (1996)

26 08 2008

“The smell of hospitals in winter and the feeling that it’s all a lot of oysters but no pearls”

Los Angeles enjoys a reputation for fun in the sun, for glamor and fortune.  I lived there for a few years and didn’t really like it.  A lot of concrete and freeways and parking lots.  And winters were the worst, because it was never really cold enough to justify a winter wardrobe, but trying to ride out a cold snap in a denim jacket could be miserable.  So, for me, it’s a proper setting for the loss and regret so beautifully displayed in this song.

But beyond the deep heartache and melancholy of this track is a sense of hope, a reminder that this, too, may pass (“…and there’s reason to believe/Maybe this year will be better than the last”).

When we get into trouble, or are having hard times, we often feel alone, like we’re the only ones experiencing this difficulty.  Especially when we’re young.  So it really helps to give some comfort and company to your own misery, to help you get through it.  With great songs like “A Long December,” you don’t have to go it alone.

This song can be one of your friends in rough times.

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