I like sharing music so today’s Music Monday is devoted to my favourite – Soul Cake – from Sting’s Winter album, released last year, and performed live at Durham Cathedral in this video. It’s got killer rhythm and a jaunty melody – just what a cold dark Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere needs.
According to Wikipedia, a Soul Cake is traditionally made for All Saints Day or All Souls’ Day to celebrate the dead. The cakes, often simply referred to as souls, were given out to soulers (mainly consisting of children and the poor) who would go from door to door on Hallowmas singing and saying prayers for the dead. The practice of giving and eating soul cakes is often seen as the origin of modern Trick or Treating.