As someone who is forced, through their occupation, to listen to Christmas music forty hours a week during the holiday season, I feel like I have a stronger opinion on the subject than most. In those forty hours, I hear the same three versions of the same fifteen or so songs over and over and over. Somehow there are too many Christmas songs, and not enough.
People have been trying to add to the catalog for decades, but none of them stick like the classics. For every “All I Want For Christmas Is You” there’s a dozen generic “Christmas In Iowa” style songs that try way too hard to capture the spirit of the season.
Enter Coley Kennedy and Justin Collins, names familiar to those that have been reading this site since the beginning. It’s been a number of years since I’ve posted about them (Welcome To Ashley, The Buddies, Black Vincent, Pale Blue Dot), but this is a song we need right now, and I’m so glad they wrote it.
We’re all familiar with Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s duet on “Little Drummer Boy,” and here Kennedy and Collins ponder what could happen if Bowie had written an original Christmas song with Link Wray. The warped guitar and ghostly harmonies that kick off the song give a feeling of an old familiar tune, delivering that nostalgic vibe we long for in our holiday music.
The message here is one that many of the best Christmas songs declare: Christmas is a time to be spent together with your loved ones. Kennedy puts a little bit of a darker edge on it, saying “There’s no forever, so let’s make the most of Christmastime.”
If you’re looking to add a new song to your holiday party playlist, you can pick up this track for whatever price you choose on Bandcamp.
I hope the season treats you all well and you find some time to get together with your family and friends.