The song for today is Purple Snowflakes by Marvin Gaye. I found a site that gave the lyrics:

Softly they fall, where do they go?
(purple snowflakes)
Cover the ground, without a sound
(gentle snowflakes)
Fall from the sky, before your eyes
(it’s so thrilling)
Blankets of light, brighten the night
(such a feeling)
They seem to say, that I’ll never miss
here to stay
We’ll be closing our door till summer
flowers bloom
Here in our midst, we’re surely blessed
(chestnuts roasting)
Over the heat, gee ain’t life sweet?
(tempters toasting)
Drifting all year, without a care
(purple snowflakes)
Cover the ground, without a sound
(love the snowflakes)
I’m sure that snowflakes, fall from the
gloom
And we’ll always remember this night,
here with you
There’s snowflakes, pretty purple
snowflakes
Snowflakes, these pretty purple
snowflakes
Here in our midst, we’re surely blessed
(chestnuts roasting)
Over the heat, gee ain’t life sweet?
(tempters toasting)
Drifting all year, without a care
(purple snowflakes)
Cover the ground, without a sound
(love the snowflakes)
I’m sure that snowflakes, fall from the
gloom
And we’ll always remember this night,
here with you
And I say snowflakes, pretty purple
snowflakes
Remember the snowflakes
And you believe it, and you
Snowflakes are falling, falling,
falling..
I got you in my arms

I find this implausible. However, I couldn’t catch the words any more clearly than this and I have no sheet music, so who knows? I think, for example, that it’s , “We’ll be cozy and warm till summer flowers bloom” and “Drifting on air without a care,” but it does seem to say “Here in our midst,” which sure doesn’t mean anything. Suzanna Choffel sings “Here in our nest,” which makes more sense, but her diction isn’t clear enough to clarify the rest of the weird words. When you sing it today, though, consider having the snowflakes fall from the blue rather than the gloom. It’ll sound better.

Marvin Gaye had the Supremes singing the background stuff, but Choffel just has some guy muttering (what the heck is toasting?), so you could sing this when you hit the mall and get friends to mutter parts of it. You could also sing it with great drama in the kitchen while baking, and get the kids to play pots and pans like bongos while you swoop around waving your wooden spoon.

This song is from 1964 but wasn’t released until several decades later. It was written by Dave Hamilton and Clarence Paul, possibly under the influence of drugs. Maybe, though, they were in a city where it never gets really dark and the snowflakes reflect the purple streetlights. Or something.

Today I’m going to another holiday market. I like those. I try to buy handmade local gifts, and then if it gets too close to Christmas and I haven’t made enough or found enough, I have recourse to Amazon. I also hope to do housework and baking, and I have a few hours of work to do.

#1 daughter and I reviewed my work hours last night, and I’m proud to say that I mostly work 8 hour days now, and only half days on the weekends. This is progress.