Today’s song is “Christmas Ain’t The Same Without You” by Franklin McKay. Originally hailing from Sault Ste. Marie, the Ontario, Canada singer/songwriter is celebrating the season with a freshly-minted tune.
This year, McKay switched gears when it came to “Christmas Ain’t the Same (Without You),” he says. Co-written with Harem Scarem’s Harry Hess, the release strays from McKay’s traditionally upbeat and happier-sounding holiday offerings, noting that “not everybody is jingle-bell happy.”
It’s “more of a reflective song, as opposed to a downer,” McKay shares. “Every Christmas isn’t happy for everybody; I think songs have places at different times in our lives and what we’re going through.”
While the languishing of the Covid-19 pandemic can be credited for at least some inspiration towards the track, McKay reveals he ultimately and most personally relates it to the passing of his mother, who passed in 2017 at age 85. “I think anybody who has lost a loved one can relate on that level. It’s applicable to anybody that has lost somebody in their lives that they’re used to having around.”