Track: If We Make It Through December (Cover) | Artist: Phoebe Bridgers | Album: If We Make It Through December (single)

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.


I remember the original by Merle Haggard; the store I worked at for 13 years used to play it with other Christmas songs and if they ever actually listened to the words, they’d have realized just how depressing the song actually is.

Similar to how they (and many other places) play TSO’s “Christmas Eve, Sarajevo 12/24" (which was originally on the Savatage (Paul O’Neil and the main performers’ previous name) album Dead Winter Dead). Not a happy album.