‘Twas Sometime Around Midnight on Christmas

Posted: December 6, 2013 in A Little Less Profound
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A TATE ChristmasBy Glen

‘Twas Sometime Around Midnight on Christmas, in the Graveyard Near the House,
Not a creature was stirring, not a hand inside a blouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes a new album soon would be there.

The TATE fans were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Airborne gigs danced in their heads.
I imagined myself in Daren’s black bowler hat,
I needed a TATE fix, and I needed it STAT!

All At Once in the street there arose such a clatter,
The roar of a motorbike the silence did shatter.
In a stupor I stumbled down from the second floor,
Swaying, braying, I burst through the door.

It was a bleary-eyed night, beneath the streetlight,
I needed a moment to take in the sight.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a poet, a singer, weighed down with gear.

The bird and the mermaid, they were obvious tells,
I knew in a moment it must be Mikel.
Greedy for more, I was blinded by fame,
And I whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Daren! Now, Steven! Now, Noah and Anna!
On, Mikel! On, Pete Galli! And you too, Bill Handlin!
To the top of the stage! To the top of the wall!
Not so high please Mikel – I’m afraid you will fall!”

And then, in a twinkling, I regained my senses,
A rare opportunity – it was time to take chances.
“It is most unexpected to find you out here,
Like the Hell and Back surprise earlier this year.”

“We take care of our fans,” he said with a wink,
“You should know that by now, wouldn’t you think?
On The Fifth Day of Christmas, your True Love asked me,
To give you a gift you never thought you’d see.”

He was dressed all in black, from his head to his foot,
And into his guitar case, his hand he did put.
“What can I give you? A bird with some gore?
Whatever you want from the TATE merchandise store!”

“All I Ever Wanted,” I slowly began,
“Was another gig befitting a crazed super fan.
Won’t you please, please play Innocence, it’s so freaking good,
Or if that can’t be done, how ’bout more Such Hot Blood?”

He was cooler than cool; I was feeling unworthy,
My insides were Numb and I was getting too wordy.
But he put me at ease with a nod of his head,
He’s good with his fans; I had nothing to dread.

So I took a deep breath, “A request if I may,
A happy TATE song for the holidays?
A little less death, a little more joy,
Something appropriate for my little boy?”

He said, “Not my style; that music sounds dated,
And holiday cheer is so overrated.
I’ve tried to be sappy; I’ve tried to write kitsch,
But sometimes Christmas can make you feel like shit.”

He sprang to his bike, flashed his 7th Heaven smile,
And then he assured me, “We’ll be back in awhile.”
And I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Merry Christmas to all! Make some babies tonight!”

  1. Anything Glen can do and getting into the Christmas Spirit…
    (For Anna)

    While Anna’s back was turned, her dog
    Quickly devoured her Christmas log.
    Then this kind, cute, cuddly pet,
    Got a taste for Mikel Jollet.
    Soggy doggy kisses showered around
    Noah retreated muttering, “Doggy Pound”
    Daren meanwhile jumped on his drum,
    Just escaping a nip on the bum.
    This left Steven, to calm the hound
    By playing something, less profound.


  2. For the life of me, I can’t remember which best track I voted for, but like you Glen, I feel the full version of *Innocence* takes some beating. The words relating to Mikel’s illness, writing habits & general situation at that point in time might be lost on some folk. The desperation is quietly underplayed. The arrangement is tremendous; almost a song in two halves with a wicked arrangement & finish to it.

    I have watched many versions on youtube; they all seem to differ as well as the shortened vocal version. I like them all and that is the part of TATE I really appreciate. You get on a live version, how Mikel feels about the lyrics, that day, that hour, that minute….not a stereotyped ‘in the can’ version.

    The survey question I found the hardest was do I prefer to watch them on an acoustic, rock or orchestral stage. If I was their manager, I could see a gap in the market for the orchestra thing. I mean, who else is there doing that, and they have proved they are comfortable in that environment, with some members evenly classically trained. I loved that Disney thing.

    In Dublin, towards the end of their gig, I just closed my eyes & was in disbelief that just 5 guys (appologies Anna), could produce such a full momentous sound. Infact, I have never experienced such a sound before from a small group. So, I would be loathe to suggest them leaving their rock gigs behind.

    They have such a future. I just hope they stay true to portraying their innermost feelings in song. I feel the main reason they haven’t become mainstream mega yet, is because they haven’t gone for the ‘Mumford’ type day radio chorus chart songs. I am in a minority of one here, but for that reason, *Hell and Back* hasn’t grown on me yet.

    Their music is not easily pigeon holed into any particular category; maybe that is working against them, popularity wise? That is possibly the reason we are all such fans; they are just a brilliant hard working group who just happen to play and enjoy the same music we like.

    I am at odds with myself. I would love to see TATE fill big venues and reap the financial rewards they are overdue. I realise musically and artistically they must grow individually & collectively and move on. But, and a big But, I don’t want them to lose that honest emotion that connected me in the first place, to that first track on their first cd.

    …just a few random thoughts. Cheers, Keith


  3. Anna says:

    Glen, this is FANTASTIC. I particularly enjoy the references to Mikel climbing things, and to making babies. 😛


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