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London December 02/03 2023
Safo Studios

Saturday 02/12/23

Songs of Winter, Snow and Ice!

Join us for the last weekend of SPPS Workshops of 2023. Over a glass of mulled wine lets reflect on season of dark Winter nights, cold and Ice.

Many people may not realize that Hazy Shade of Winter was originally written by Simon and Garfunkel, more specifically by Paul Simon while he was visiting London. Hazy Shade of Winter reflects on the reality that what’s done is done, and what’s gone is gone and we have to learn to be okay with that. 

A Long December by the Counting Crows is about reflecting on what’s to come in the coming year and trying to think positively about it, though the future remains unwritten:

“And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last.”

The weather may be cold, but her love is warm and that’s exactly what this song is about.  

Wintertime Love by the Doors is about how love can make us feel. Even when it’s cold, the right love keeps you warm, just like when it’s dark, their love is the light you look for. 

The winter season, is naturally a self-reflective time of year. We tend to be a little bit more lonely since so much emphasis is placed on happiness and family. But if we have neither, it can make us feel isolated. Wintertime Love serves as a reminder that there are still bright spots when the world (or weather) seems too unforgiving.

Sunday 03/12/23

Christmas Songs!

Break out the mince pies and more mulled wine as we dive straight into the world of the popular Christmas Song. Using conventional themes of good cheer we look at the popular Christmas song was a way to lift peoples spirits and connect with everyone at this time.

From the slight melancholia of Chris Rea's 'Driving Home For Christmas' to the outright tell it as it is of the Pogues extraordinary tender/tough song Fairytale of New York Christmas songs are there to celebrate but also to comfort those who may be spending Christmas alone.

We all have a favourite and today is the time to write your own!

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