The Boarders - Looking for That Christmas Feeling

from by The Boarders, Howling Turbines and Doug Hubley



In December 1981, I was stressed by finals and the demise of my current band, the original Fashion Jungle, but also all electrified by my new affair with Gretchen Schaefer. That peculiar tension informed this song exploring the longing for some kind of deep meaning to Christmas that didn’t involve, well, Christ.

Like “Shortwave Radio,” also from 1981, it involves personal imagery (I drank a lot of Freixenet that year), but I hope it is somehow meaningful to others as well. The intro came later, in 1984 — coincidentally, as I was again faced with the dissolution of a Fashion Jungle seemingly poised on the brink of success. The opening image was provoked by a spell of warm December weather that had me worried about global warming even then.

This performance is by the Boarders, in a Dec. 6, 1995, rehearsal for our 1995 Christmas date at the Free Street Taverna.


from Obsessive Christmas Disorder, released November 28, 2014
Doug Hubley, guitar and vocal. Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, drums. Gretchen Schaefer, bass.


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Doug Hubley Portland, Maine

Doug Hubley is a musician and writer in Maine.

He has covered arts and lifestyle for publications in Maine and Massachusetts.

Doug began learning guitar in 1966, and hopes to finish the job one day. He has played with such bands as the Fashion Jungle, the Cowlix, the Boarders and Howling Turbines.

Today he is one-half of Day for Night, an acoustic country band also starring Gretchen Schaefer.
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