So I listened to the continuous Undertale soundtrack (got about as far as the Hotland songs) while doing chores. Bad news: the reuse of some melodies is more clear when you hear them back to back. Good news: hearing everything means the more obscure tracks have their spotlight, making for a pleasant surprise.
RIP Tom Petty.
I listened to him a lot as a kid. My two favorite songs by him are “Refugee” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”.
Most holiday songs are either repetitive classics, glitzy pop with thematic lyrics, or, at their absolute worst, repetitive classics produced in the style of glitzy pop. Thankfully, I heard one that doesn’t fit the category.
That song is The Pretenders’ 2000 Miles. And it wasn’t even intended as a holiday song per se, instead being in remembrance of a lost bandmate. Yet somehow it also works for the seeming meaning of people separated by a long distance. I guess it’s that good.
I guess I have the image of the song playing as the camera pans over a winter battlefield littered with bodies, broken tanks and artillery, and ends up with, as the lyrics describe, people singing in a nearby town.