- Created: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:47
Ahh, Christmas. The seasonal vibe, the cute decorations, houses lit up at night and the weight of our children’s enormous expectations heavy in the air. Will it all go south, or will the day live up to all the hype? Come, Christmas day come. So, we can breathe a sigh of relief and sleep.
Most years we do fine.
Christmas is a great memory for me. My parents made it special.
Birthdays are often worse don’t you think?
Well, it is if you’re anything like me as a child. How can anyone possibly enjoy seeing their siblings get such great presents and attention while you sit there and watch?
C’mon, you were the same…weren’t you?
‘Someone’s shinin’ brighter than me
Has attention of others you see
My heart’s full of jealousy
Can’t be happy for their glory…’
I wrote this charcoal sketch of a rap for one of Anton’s Christmas shows called ‘Star Struck’ some years ago.
The song that came out of that show, called ‘Shine a Light’ was more of a nursery rhyme; but then rap has a lot of affinity with nursery rhyme. ‘Shine a Light’ took its cue from the heart of envy that lies in King Herod at the birth of Jesus.
It's easy for all the attention to be in the wrong location.
The show seeks to answer, 'What's the antidote to envy?'