Michael Tinholme’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “When Winter Falls on New York”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is one of those classic melancholy Christmas songs that as a singer I am naturally attracted to and it’s one of my favorites. It’s funny what singers think about when they sing songs, for me “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” takes me back to memories of my childhood as an army brat, when my dad was stationed in some far off danger. It reminds me of the hole left open in our family when he was away and brings me back to the very real Christmas wishes that me and my brother had that we would find him safe at home on Christmas morning.
It seems the holidays always intensify our love and our feelings of longing for those we love who are far away. I read once that there is no act of love more noble than when it is held and nurtured by someone who can not realize it. We’ve all seen the recent devastation brought to the East coast by hurricane Sandy and the tragedy and sadness that this storm brought to the people along the New Jersey shore and to Brooklyn, Breezy Point Queens , Long Island, Staten Island and all up and down the Eastern seaboard. In just a few days thousands of people in these areas were displaced and many lost everything. While the storm brought heartbreak it also showed the rest of the world that Americans are always willing to pitch-in and help each other.
It makes me proud to say that I live in a country where people, like my brother Mark a minister who lives in New Jersey, were out in the cold and rain trying to help neighbors who needed it. Like my brother says “you can’t do everything, but you can do something.” For you out there reading this that is what I hope you will do, do something. There are more families homeless and more kids on the streets and there are many fine organizations, like Covenant House, The Red Cross, Salvation Army and many others, that are poised and at the ready to give immediate help to these families and kids. So I encourage you to do something and to lend your support.
It is my prayer and most sincere hope that those who have been harmed and injured by hurricane Sandy will find the love and compassion of their neighbors and that they will be home soon and that winter falls more gently this year.