Another series of Christmas songs by independent artists

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Tired of the almost constant looping of the same Christmas songs playing over and over again on Sirius, Spotify, and Apple Music playlists? There is a lot more to hear if you venture to the left of the dial. We’ve gathered a few of them in our sled and are delivering them to you below. Happy, sad, melancholy, funny, dark and joyful… all the emotions are there. Merry Christmas!

Les Imaginaires – “Christmas in the hometown”

The Imaginaries (Shane Henry and Maggie McClure) celebrate the simplicity and joy of a “Hometown Christmas” on the title track of their new holiday album. The husband-and-wife duo from Oklahoma traveled to Chickasha, OK, where Shane grew up to film the video, with help from residents and the city’s Economic Development Council. The result is a healthy Christmas card love letter to the wonders of small town life.

Imaginaries (photo credit: Reagan Elkins)

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Lauren Calve: “Christmas is where the heart is”

American artist Lauren Calve borrows the phrase “home is where the heart is” and expands its deeper meanings in the steel-tinted original “Christmas is where the heart is”.

“I wrote this song during the 2019 holiday season, when I was quite seriously depressed. In each verse, I tried to make sense of everything that weighed on me that year: a death in the family. , the growing estrangement of a family member, the move from the east coast to the west coast of my closest friend, among others.

“Christmas is not so much a place, a succession of traditions, or even overplayed but heartwarming songs; Christmas is a time to be fully human. This is the time to love, forgive, cry and hope.

John Mark Nelson: “It’s good to be home”

Songwriter / producer John Mark Nelson creates a warm and peaceful musical atmosphere on “Good To Be Home”. The Minnesota native, who now resides in Los Angeles, surely knows the beauty of winter. “Good To Be Home”, with its smooth electric guitar lines and lush Norah Jones feel, is an inviting musical soundtrack for a night spent on a comfy sofa next to a crackling fireplace.

“This year more than maybe any other,” says Nelson, “we all yearn for something normal, familiar, something that feels like home. The familiar hustle and bustle of vacation travel seems more and more like home. more impossible, this song is inspired by memories of past holiday seasons to recall the feeling of finding those you love the most, of feeling, if only for a moment, at home.

John Mark Nelson (Photo credit: Shervin Lainez)

Julia Jacklin – “Baby Jesus is nobody’s baby now”

Australian singer and songwriter Julia Jacklin hoped for a better 2020 when she wrote her tender and melancholy holiday single, “Baby Jesus is nobody’s baby now”. The award-winning artist has spent most of the last year touring for her new record and when Christmas 2019 arrived the huge Australian bushfires did, which kept her away from her family. . Not exactly the reset that a new year usually brings, and then… 2020 is here.

“I imagined Christmas to be that time when we all got together again and took a collective breath, but then the bushfires hit, and my family lives in the countryside, so it was a direct threat. I was living in Melbourne, still fairly new, and was unable to return home. The roads were blocked and my family was regularly evacuated for a month. At one point Melbourne was blanketed in smoke from the fires, the sun was this ominous red, it was apocalyptic and quite desperate. I wrote this in my bedroom looking forward to 2020, hoping it would be a reset of some sort. MDR. “

Jacklin’s Christmas single follows on from the previously released 7 ”Julia for the Sub Pop Singles Club, Vol. 5, consisting of tracks “to Perth, before the border closes” + “CRY”.

Stream and buy the song at https://smarturl.it/jesusisnobodysbaby

Poportunists with Michael Longoria: Christmas with the Covid

It had to be written down – a catchy show number on Covid’s Christmas of the Year. The New York poportunists team with that of Broadway Jersey Boys star Michael Longoria and discusses the realities of “Christmas With Covid”. Disinfectant, Zoom calls, quarantine and masks have replaced the roasting of chestnuts, golden sunny days, Christmas carols and kisses under the mistletoe.

Lyricist Jed Becker takes him out of the park with clever observations of the most wonderful new time of the year, and Longoria delivers a heartwarming performance that shows why he’s an acclaimed Broadway star.

Obsessive cleaning and continuous quarantine
Is the opposite of festive and cheerful
So I’m gonna growl and growl / And get drunk on my own
Like I did every day
I can’t hold your sweet face / or share your warm embrace
If we can’t be in the same room
So let’s raise our glass and give each other kisses on Zoom

The Poportunists with Michael Longoria “Christmas With Covid”

Jillette Johnson: “Cancel Christmas”

If you’re just a little disappointed that Christmas this year doesn’t look like Christmases past, Jillette Johnson is smelling you. The Nashville singer-songwriter put pen to paper and defined our collective thoughts. Barely 24 hours later, “Cancel Christmas” was born.

Cancel Christmas this year / It’s not quite the same without the gang in town
It’s not Christmas this year / It’s just another day I’m going to hang out around the house alone again

“I miss my family and wrote a Christmas song about it a few weeks ago. I recorded it at my house and decided to release it because I think a lot of people can feel the same way right now.

Bandcamp link: https://jillettejohnson.bandcamp.com/track/cancel-christmas

Tommy Byrne: Christmas Means More This Year

New Jersey’s Tommy Byrne is recruiting a solid roster of Jersey music veterans to feature in a new original song, “Christmas Means More This Year”. Byrne plans to donate all proceeds from the sale of the single, available here and on Bandcamp, to Holiday Express, a Jersey Shore volunteer organization that visits homeless shelters, disabled centers, veterans hospitals. and more for gifts, Christmas cheers and a full music concert.

“During this difficult year for everyone, we all know someone who has lost someone, I hope this song will light up your spirits,” Byrne said. “It was a labor of love for so many people involved in this project.”

“This song was written about 20 minutes ago on Halloween weekend when I found out my friend and bandmate was in hospice care. The scratch I recorded would be the last song he heard of mine. It is dedicated to Gary Trippiedi. I miss you my friend and I often think of you. I hope you are smiling at us. You were in the choir full of angels, with the late Pat Toner.

“This song was written by me, mixed and produced by Joe Arminio of Arminio Studios, and mastered by Chris Everett.”

Bandcamp link: https://tommybyrnemusic.bandcamp.com/track/christmas-means-more-this-year

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