This Thursday is December 23, the night before Christmas Eve. We’re putting away the drums for a special intimate low key seated show. It’s our thursday “Christmas Special” at Stella’s. It starts at 9pm and it’s free. There will be christmas lights and egg nog drinks. Sleigh bells and singing! Spend a little Christmas time with us.
Next week at 8pm Wednesday December 8th we are releasing a new song called “We Can Make It”. It will be FREE!
Steven and I wrote this song when we were at the end and beginning of a lot of things. While I was writing the lyrics, Steven was recording a perfectly amazing guitar solo that I can’t wait for you to hear. The mic was about 10 feet from his amp, because we hadn’t set it up yet, but what he played sounded so good we kept it. Then for the end of the song we both gathered around the same mic to record the vocal harmonies live. It was a warm family feeling and that must be why it came out sounding like a song that should be released at Christmas time. This is the time of year when we all get the chance to come together and start over.
Since the review I wrote a couple weeks ago about Sufjan Stevens’ new album “Age of Adz” (Click here to read) I haven’t listened to anything else! A bit enthralled you could say. So last week when I sat down to write another music review I was at a loss , because I literally wasn’t listening to anything else.
Then with the holiday season upon us I was trying to find some music to fit the christmas spirit and still offers the inspiration. And finally I remembered that Sufjan Stevens released Christmas music in 2006! So as you can guess I’ve been listening to that like crazy and it’s perfect. Somehow it manages to feel like Sufjan AND Christmas at the same time! Do you need good Christmas music from someone other than the Rat Pack and Nat King Cole? This is it.
This massive 5 disc box set “Sufjan Stevens presents Songs for Christmas” is genuine. Holding the gravity of a holiday season that has become so glossy and fake in mainstream culture. This is a season of joy and pain, loss and sorrow, promise and hope. And this collection of songs will take you through all of those emotions. They won’t leave you with that plastic, over merchandised feeling, you get from the barrage of holiday marketing. Doesn’t it seem obvious that we want to hear music that is equally moving as is the holiday it was made for? And we don’t want to listen to hokey covers of the same christmas songs over and over again! This season truly effects all people and Sufjan’s Christmas music will truly effect you. I’m constantly amazed at Sufjan’s sound and his ability to orchestrate emotion into music.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a warm holiday. Love and peace.
PS – We’re giving you a brand new song this weekend for you’re holiday mix tape. It’s not a “Christmas Song” but when Steven and I wrote it we said it felt like the Christmas/New Years Holiday season vibe. So look for the new song on Dec. 4, 2010!