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A Complicated Time of Year

by Michelle Chamuel

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Suzanne I think it’s wonderful that you are donating to a charity! This is an extremely thoughtful song and so true! Great new tune! Favorite track: A Complicated Time of Year.
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qyurryus Forever a fan of MC's voice. Hope to hear more music from MC in the next decade!
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moore53935 Always Team MC! This song is so fitting. Thank you. It’s always a good time for music from you! Can’t wait for more!
YouROCK! ❤️
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Jeannie I wasn't ready in the best way for this complicated time of year tune! Time, Love, all aspects of life make each holiday time different, and I agree even when it's not the best year, it's all good even in the complexity. ♥
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jpl72948 you're still My Voice, Michelle. Beautiful, meaningful and heartfelt lyrics. Thank you.
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Gymrat319 A lovely and very relatable song! So, so good to hear from you MC! Thank you!!
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It seems to me there's often a pressure accompanying special holiday times and the process of make sure they are SPECIAL!!!!!! The truth is, holidays can include so many different things - loved ones joyfully reuniting, decorations, plenty of food and warmth, great presents, winter sports, being full and happy...and they can also include things like feeling left out, stressful travel, obligations, homelessness, no job, having to be at a job, missing people, arguments, etc.

So, this year, (a few days ago, actually), I had this idea come into my head for a Christmas tune that explicitly celebrates the complexity of it all. And I LOVE CHRISTMAS TUNES!! So, it felt like a win win.

I've set the song to be FREEeeeeee and also allow you to pay if you'd like, knowing that all of the money I get here, I will donate to Feeding America (you can check them out on Charity Navigator - they have a really high score and so many locations across America). Also, feel free to send a direct message through Bandcamp if there is another non-profit charity you'd like me to consider? Yesh.

Extra update (Christmas card style!?):
Over the last two years, I've been writing and recording a LOT of music! However as there are so many wonderful sounds being shared every day to listen to, I didn't see a place for the sounds I was making that wouldn't feel like somehow adding to an overload of choices. I heard on a podcast once that humans get overwhelmed and sad with too many choices, so I wonder how to add constructively?!?!?! When the idea for this holiday tune floated into my head, I felt like it was time to put something out. So, here we are! I'll keep plugging away and when the time feels right, there will be SO MUCH MUSIC coming out from me here. WOOP!

Hope this season for you, and all those you know, is bright. And just a teensy bit, pleasantly complicated (just to keep things fresh, yeah?)



snow is falling, winter’s calling, you’re not ready.
families strolling, hands are holding, yours feel empty.

sometimes you’re too far away and not feeling the love
or someone you used to hold’s now in the clouds above.
might not feel the way it did, or how you think it should,
but it’s all good, it’s just a complicated time of year.

lines are winding, gifts need finding, you’re not ready.
mugs are flowing, houses glowing, yours feel empty.

sometimes life gets hard and maybe this year has been rough.
or money is not around and there is not enough.
might not feel the way it did, or how you think it should,
but it’s all good, it’s just a complicated time of year.

might not feel the way it did, or how you think it should,
but it’s all good, it’s just a complicated time of year.
so have a very merry complicated time of year.
it’s all good, it’s just a complicated time of year.


released December 19, 2019
written, performed, produced, and drawn by m. chamuel




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