Sean and I are working around the clock in anticipation of December 28th. This is our deadline to submit our documentary about Joey, the charismatic driver of the rich and famous, to the Tribeca film festival. Editing is an intense process, which has meant forgoing previously anticipated events like seeing David Byrne ( Talking Heads ) talk about the impact of the digital age on music. But it’s a small price to pay, we are sparking with creative energy and finding inspiration in our own music. Australian composer Matteo Zingales is writing the score for us ( as he did for The Hunter ) and piece by piece we are finding the angel in the stone.
Of course Christmas is also on a deadline, and there was much proof of this at the markets yesterday morning. Wreaths and trees were in abundance – there was green everywhere – a bonus of colour and fragrance to decorate apartments of all sizes. In fact the whole of NYC smells of pine, with netted Christmas trees stacked in makeshift outlets on street corners around the town – like sidewalk forests, glittering with coloured lights and anticipation. I love this time of the year.
The Santa Lucia festival is usually celebrated on December 13th – a Nordic Christmas tradition based on light overcoming the darkness. But I was lucky to spontaneously share an early observance on Friday, when the candles were lit and the songs were sung at Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. There is much to celebrate this year – as always, and while I don’t plan on wearing a headdress of burning candles, I will be happy for the enlightenment. 19 days to go…!