On this Christmas Eve 2013, I am thankful for LIFE, friends, love and the possibilities of my new chapter in the coming year. Bless us one and all, cool cats. Below, one final Christmas, Brooklyn Heights-style.
And, alas, my last NYC Christmas, truly, when the city shines its brightest… *
One of my top 10 favorite artists of all time, Kim Wilde, has released her first-ever Christmas collection “Wilde Winter Songbook,” featuring a video clip for
emphasis track and original song “One” (see below). The originally written ballad delivers everything I love about the softer side of Kim.
Kimmie’s new album joins a bountiful crop of seasonal releases in 2013, including CDs from Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Erasure, Kimberley Locke, Jim Brickman and even George & Tammy! *
Tuesday, November 5, 2013… The day that launched a million albums! After six years, Celine Dion releases her first English-language album since “Taking Chances.” At last!
What’s better than a Christmas collection from the wondrous Leona Lewis? How about this madcap retro album cover? Bravo! The disc hits December 3 from SYCO/RCA, and includes seven classics, new single “One More Sleep” and two more originals, “Your Hallelujah” and “Mr. Right.”
Dear friend Fredly Bronson returned to NYC once again as the writer for ABC-TV’s “New Year’s Eve With Ryan Seabreast,” and tonight brought together a fab posse of his pals for dinner at NYC’s iconic Sardi’s… including “American Idol” finalists Diana DeGarmo and her fiance Ace Young, and my beloved Kimberley Locke. Can you imagine a more festive way to usher in 2013? *
May your New Year be filled with wine and roses! See you on the other side of 2013!
When you’re single and have no kids to indulge, Christmas Eve is open to all possibilities… such as celebrating with friends at an NYC gay bar. I joined Leonard and Ayhan at Boxer’s in Chelsea for festivities early Monday evening, followed by a final Christmas cocktail a couple blocks west at G Lounge. Above, three pics, three different iPhones!
Amazing to walk the streets of New York… empty. Not a car or cab in sight… so odd.
This is the second Christmas that I’ve been single, after a 10-year relationship, where we traditionally decorated the tree, watched “Mommie Dearest” every year and opened dozens of gifts on Cmas Day. It’s an odd sort of phenomenon, being solo during the holidays… Despite decorations and good cheer all around, it maintains a dull, ground-level buzz, never quite penetrating my emotions.
I have a stack of Christmas cards sent to me over the past several weeks; they remain unopened so far, simply because reading each card, sitting by myself, feels like a lonely affair. Better to wait until the holiday has passed, when I hope to enjoy them without attaching the meaning of “Christmas Without You” to warm wishes.
Yes, Christmas is a bit of a bummer. It’s pretty, it’s warm and wonderful, and yet, it’s truly the loneliest day of the year. Sometimes life is an empty highway, indeed. *