I'd been introduced to the nyckelharpa through the music of Väsen a little over a year ago by a dear friend, and through that lovely chain of discovery that is the internet, yesterday I found the music of Bardou. I certainly don't claim to be a source of real knowledge on the band, but it appears to be two blokes, one with the incredibly fascinating nyckelharpa and the other with a 19-string arch/harp guitar.
Yes. Chew on that for a moment. I barely understand what that means, either. But I don't play the music, lady--I just listen to it.
But here are these amazing fellows doing "Greensleeves," which I found to be a really lovely boon to my less-than-festive spirits.
Definitely check out the rest of their tunes at YouTube.
The video is certainly the most interesting part of this post, but there is a wee stitch more that I've been chewing on. That thing is something that I'm certain many folks are experiencing at this part of the year: holiday burn-out. This year, I know it's a combination of a) my job is at its most stressful from November 29-December 18, which kind of puts the damper on getting super-festive in preparation for holiday things b) poor planning (the job stress has been a constant since 2003--by now, I should know this and perhaps do my holiday shopping ahead, no? yes.) c) piling on a lot of holiday travel (also not new, of course).
The preparation issue is the only one of these things that I really get to control. But I do get to control that, so I ought to put something on my calendar in July that says "do holiday shopping now, you cricket-brained farthingale." I always put it off, hoping that I will be able to find the perfect gift for my loved ones, which never actually happens, and then I'm stuck bad-temperedly flinging things into a basket at the mall. And that's something no one wants.
What's your annual holiday bane, that thing you swear you will never do again and then repeat year after year?