In advance of his new holiday album, "If On a Winter's Night," Sting dropped by the Journal's offices today. The singer wore a gray Dries Van Noten suit with heavy brown boots and a thick beard -- a kind of Grizzly Adams meets Manhattan look. "I have no idea what season we're in," he said, addressing the temperate weather outside. "I tell you, it's serious. We're losing winter." Instead of a typical "Rudolph"-esque collection of Christmas jingles, Sting has recorded a cycle of songs that explore winter themes, like "Cold Song," by the 17th century composer Henry Purcell with lyrics by John Dryden. Sample line: "Let me freeze again to death." Cheery!
Sting explained that the album explores the "double-edge" of the Christmas season. "I think the winter has this almost gravitational pull to someplace warm, cozy -- like home or the church," he said. But for people who can't make it home or have no home to go to, it's "the worst time of year. I think the album wants to balance those two things." Stay tuned for more with Sting to appear on WSJ.com
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