The JRB presents tunes and accompanying editorial from our EAP member Tymon Smith.
Ah, yes, December, month of sun and fun and stormy weather. Month of mass temporary migration and too much eating, drinking, laughing and fighting. Month this year, of the second wave and the end of the Trump era. Month of Sundays.
2020—what a year, hey? Ja well no man, it’s almost over thank vok. Me, I’m moving on, literally—I’ve spent the last few weeks moving house, a trying thing at the best of times but in the long run it’s all about setting up for the best of times, right?
For the first time in my life I have a wall of records to stupidly grin at. Everything is in one place, if not yet quite in the right place but it’s December and I’m not going anywhere so guess who’s getting organised and alphabetised for Christmas?
For now, though, here is some music to get you through whatever you’re planning to do with the end of this mad, mad, mad year and into the next. I’ll see you on the other side and as always thanks for listening. By the time you get back to the real world, me and the wall of records will be ready for you. Until then it’s time to review the situation and let the sunshine in.
- Tymon Smith is a member of The JRB Editorial Advisory Panel, and a freelance journalist who writes about the arts and South African history. Previously the literary editor of the Sunday Times, he is the recipient of a silver Standard Banks Arts Journalist of the Year Award for feature writing. He was the head researcher for the interactive DVD Between Life and Death: Stories from John Vorster Square, and is working on a book about the Johannesburg police station.