Last year on Hogmanay I posted an entry called Things Can Only Get Better. Well that worked out well, didn't it?
I suppose things did pick up for a few months in the summer and early Autumn but we now seem to be back to where we started from struggling with a pandemic and an inept Westminster Government.
At this time of year it is easy to get melancholy with thoughts turning to times past and to those who are no longer with us. This got me thinking about ghost songs and how they may apply today.
Lau's song Ghosts is about migration a generation or so ago but is still as relevant today. Indeed has the line there's ghosts on the sandflats as the water gets higher and higher ever been more relevant with the situation in the Channel and idiots being openly hostile to the RNLI?
The Ghosts of Cable Street by the Men they Couldn't Hang is a reminder about the rise of fascism in London in the 1930s.Sounds familiar?
Ghost Town can be looked at in two ways - the deserted streets caused by locktown or its original cry of despair around youth unemployment. Again sounds familiar, eh?
Finally Ghosts by Japan reflecting David Sylvian's personal feelings:
Just when I think I'm winning
When I've broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Hey , hopefully thinks might indeed get better. Stranger things have happened. So I will raise a glass around the bells and wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2022.