Hootie & the Blowfish and Abigail Hodges have a Christmas single out entitled Won’t Be Home For Christmas. The song tells the story of a military man who won’t come home for Christmas. It’s a common situation for military families. I know people personally who deal or have dealt with this.
The music is Holiday/Rock. The guitar and the sleigh bells add to the Christmas vibe, despite the subject of the song. The rhythm is flowy and upbeat. At the beginning of the song, there’s a guitar beat similar to David Bowie’s Space Oddity, with a slightly faster tempo. Throughout the tune, there’s a lovely wavy pace that reminds me of sitting around a dinner table or a campfire. The ending is remarkable, with a choir’s organ in the background that feels comforting and calming.
The voices of Hootie & the Blowfish and Abigail Hodges are sweet and compassionate. They sing in a supportive tone and paying tribute to military families whose loved ones won’t be home for the holidays.
The lyrics are reassuring and empathetic. It’s a Christmas to which many can relate because some families will not see loved ones in time for Christmas for various reasons. The poetic writing is impressive in that the combination of rhyming happens within the same line, and two lines are rhyming together with incredible freestyle poetry. The letter to Santa from a kid whose father is in the war adds a sweet personal touch. The “yellow ribbon ’round the ol’ Christmas” is an excellent nostalgic detail that sounds comforting during the hard times military families may face.
The single Won’t Be Home For Christmas is available.