The Pretenders — “2000 Miles” (from The Singles) — 2000 Miles - The Singles

Christmas month opens in earnest with one of my all-time favorites, which A and I heard last night as we waited for a table at one of our favorite restaurants. Even though, much like Joni Mitchell’s classic “River,” it is related to the holiday on only a superficial level, “Miles” has become the token heartbreaker on many a Christmas album, but methinks you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more moving (or more masterfully executed) version than the wistfully shattering original, on which Chrissie Hynde achingly yearns for the safe and timely return of an absent loved one. (Here’s hoping the one you adore is not two thousand miles away from you this holiday season.)

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