10.27.09 Sting chats to the Wall Street Journal - ''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...''





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

To watch Sting's video chat visit WSJ.com
There will be a fan club exclusive ticket pre-sale for Sting's "A Winter's Night..." concert in Paris, France at the Salle Pleyel on 15 December. The fan club presale will begin on Friday, October 23, at 9am EST (3pm local time in Europe). The sale will be open to Legacy members for the first hour and then opened up to all members (subject to ticket availability) at 10am EST (4pm local time in Europe)...
Sting's sailing toward something new - Sting's new album, If on a Winter's Night..., was inspired by the singer's upbringing in Northern England. A few weeks ago when walking through Green Park, a genteel oasis in the middle of London, Sting encountered a middle-aged couple on the path. The woman approached him and said, "Do you think we could have a photograph?" Absolutely, the singer said graciously - and then the woman handed him her camera. Clearly, she had no idea who he was, and merely needed someone to take a picture of her with the husband...
''A few weeks ago when walking through Green Park, a genteel oasis in the middle of London, Sting encountered a middle-aged couple on the path. The woman approached him and said, "Do you think we could have a photograph?" Absolutely, the singer said graciously - and then the woman handed him her camera. Clearly, she had no idea who he was, and merely needed someone to take a picture of her with the husband...''
There will be an exclusive fan club ticket pre-sale for Sting's "A Winter's Night..." concert in Baden Baden, Germany at the Festspielhaus on 17 December. This will be one of only two concerts taking place in Europe, on behalf of the new album - another show should soon be confirmed.
Sting and his tale - He is returning to his home of North Tyneside to face up to his difficult childhood, but will the musician ever find peace? We are inside Durham Cathedral. It's like being inside a great Gothic wedding cake, pale and cold. Sting's voice - deeper, sadder, more robust - soars amid the incense and the notes from fiddles, harps and Northumbrian pipes. He has come to the northeast of England to perform songs from his new winter-themed album, because he equates the season with coming home. "It's a time for coming out of the cold for comfort, for reflection, for dealing with ghosts, perhaps even rebirth," he says. "It's a wonderful coming home for me. I don't come home often..."