Thom Yorke‘s holiday wish list is simple: “Love and understanding and peace, perhaps some heavy snow” and a pair of blue reading glasses. The Radiohead frontman issued those requests in a heartfelt letter written to Father Christmas in celebration of National Letter Writing Day (December 7th), NME reports. Yorke joined other actors, musicians and writers to participate in a campaign from Letters Live, a performance series honoring “the enduring power of literary correspondence.”
Yorke opens by admitting “it is years” since he’s written Father Christmas, asking the holiday figure for some “small requests”: “that my kids have a beautiful Christmas / With love and understanding and peace / Perhaps some heavy snow? That would be really great / And can you just send the precious things that will really mean something to them? / And can you send them some hope for the future? That is very important.”
While the musician doesn’t burden Father Christmas with “the problems of the human race” since “those are our problems alone,” he does request that no presents be given to “oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy.”
Last week, Yorke debuted a pair of new tracks, “Silent Spring” and “Desert Island Disk,” at the Pathway to Paris concert, coinciding with the city’s climate change conferences. Yorke’s comments during the performance suggest that “Spring” could be in contention for the next Radiohead LP.
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Read Yorke’s full Father Christmas letter below, via NME:
dear father christmas
it is years since i wrote to you.
i hope this letter finds you well and that the snow is still continuing to fall up in lapland.
here it is mostly rain. not even jumper weather yet!
but the christmas albums are already being played in the shops.
that must be so embarrassing for you.
i know this year you will be exceptionally busy for you.
we all expect a little too much of you now i think.
and there are so many imposters on television. even in the street.
since i wrote to you last when i was 9 i have tried to be good, but sometimes failed spectacularly.
i have also tried to do what i’m told but often have delighted in doing the exact opposite.
but always i have tried to give love and try not to cause hurt.
dear father christmas
what i’m saying is ..
now that i’m 47, if i have any last remaining credit with you, i have just these small requests.
that my kids have a beautiful christmas
with love and understanding and peace.
perhaps some heavy snow? that would be really great.
and can you just send the precious things that will really mean something to them?
and can you send them some hope for the future. that is very important.
i won’t ask you to solve the problems of the human race. those are our problems alone.
but perhaps this year you would consider not giving any presents to oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy?
and for me? just some reading glasses.. : / the blue ones.
yours completely sincerely
p.s. thanks for the zx81 computer when i was 11. that was really wicked.