it’s the season of eyes meeting over the noise and holding fast with sharp realization it’s the season of cold making warmth a divine intervention you are safe here you know now … it’s the season of scars and of wounds in the heart of feeling the full weight of our burdens it’s the season of bowing our heads in the wind and knowing we are not alone in fear not alone in the dark

The song is by Vienna Teng, and has almost replaced I believe in Father Christmas as my favourite Christmas song. It’s captured how I feel about this time of year.

Via terriem, comes the meme:

Step 1: Get your playlist together, put it on random, and play.
Step 2: Pick your favourite lines from the first 25 songs that play (in my case, excluding parodies and Thundercats out-takes, oh yes).
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from.
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

Update: as people seem to have run out of steam, I’ve added the answers to the ones no-one got.
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1. You wave your hand and they scatter like crows, they’re nothing that’ll ever capture your heart. Downtown Train by Rod Stewart.

2. The sun is setting like molasses in the sky.Black Velvet by Alannah Myles. terriem

3. Flashback, warm nights, almost left behind.Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. terriem

4. Pale blue eyes, same old house, no ties. When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring) by Deacon Blue.

5. The dizzy dancing way you feel, as every fairytale comes real Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell. terriem

6. That summer feeling, is gonna fly, always try and keep the feeling inside. Sparky’s Dream by Teenage Fanclub

7. All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme. Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits. terriem

8. Too in touch with myself – I light the fuse Changingman by Paul Weller. phlebas

9. Will you marry for the money, take a lover in the afternoon? Gloria by Laura Brannigan.

10. Laugh at the wonder of it all, laugh so loud you break your fall Sound by James. lisekit

11. No me dejes solo con mi corazon que esta enloquecido con esta pasion Dimelo by Marc Anthony, as popularised by Dave Sheridan’s Amazing Latin CD.

12. And I want to wake up with the rain falling on a tin roof, while I’m safe there in your arms. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. terriem

13. Eye to eye, they solemnly convene to make the scene Music to Watch Girls By by Andy Williams.

14. Cos your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance, well they’re no friends of mine. Safety Dance by Men Without Hats. phlebas

15. Through these fields of destruction, baptisms of fire. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. marnanel

16. I’d like to believe, in the terrible truth, in the beautiful lie. There Goes God by Crowded House. lisekit

17. So cool she was like jazz on a summer’s day. Valerie by Steve Winwood.

18. I dream of Michelangelo when I’m lying in my bed: little angels hang above my head and read me like an open book. Angels of the Silences by Counting Crows.

19. Fat man starts to fall. Inside by Stiltskin.

20. I get the same old dream, same time every night/ Fall to the ground and I wake up Since You’ve Been Gone by Rainbow. phlebas

21. Sail on silver girl, sail on by, your time has come to shine. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. terriem

22. The blonde waitresses take their trays, they spin around and they cross the floor Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles. terriem

23. And I think that I could love you ’cause you know how to be free. Walk this World by Heather Nova.

24. Call my name and save me from the dark Wake me up inside by Evanesence. lisekit

25. Can’t even hear ’em no more, all the voices and choices, now only one road remains, just [TITLE], two hearts, two souls, tonight, two lanes. Strangers in a Car by Marc Cohn.

Last night, we went to a fine dinner party, courtesy of bluap. The BBC has put on a new series of Strictly Come Dancing, so we watched that before we ate. Excitingly, a couple of the non-dancer blokes did pretty well: both Roger Black and Aled Jones have some sense of rhythm and moved their hips a bit. Poor Hazel Newbury had Quentin Wilson from Top Gear as a partner, and he really couldn’t dance, so one of the best dancers in Teh World Evar went out in the first round. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in future weeks, as there are some strong contenders this time around.

After that, there was food and conversation and stuff. I must link to Bob the Builder vs Eminem, Tony and Dubya’s lovely duet (and again) and yet more Enimem mash-ups for people who hadn’t seen or heard them. There was lots of discussion on whether LiveJournal was geeky or whether web-logging and suchlike is now a pop culture thing. I think one of my previous entries sums up what I think about that.