I’m pretty sure that being drunk at a Sufjan Steven’s Christmas concert would be pretty freaking awesome and go a long way toward giving almost anyone some Christmas cheer. It’s just that ridiculous. And it’s probably best to be buzzed while listening/watching, too. I dunno. I just like it.
This is one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful winter songs ever.
Always love her bluesy way.
Oh, Tracey Thorn. Your voice undoes me.
Lovely love oh love divine.
c) this song always makes me crazy happy/nostalgic
Funtimes between musician friends.
Here’s a fun non-Christmas one by these same set of folks
Lord, I don’t know about y’all, but after the slow, sad songs of the last few days, I’m in need of some pep. Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler deliver with the below! Enjoy!
This version by Shawn Colvin has long been my favorite. I was considering posting other versions like I did yesterday with Fairytale of New York, but, no. This is my favorite version and I really don’t even enjoy most of the others I’ve heard because I keep thinking, “But Shawn Colvin’s is perfect.”
According to Wikipedia:
“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a Christmas carol based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti written before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner’s Monthly for a Christmas poem. It was published posthumously in Rossetti’s Poetic Works in 1904 and became a Christmas carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Holst.
Also, some people take their carols very seriously, my friends:
Hymnologist and theologian Ian Bradley has questioned the poem’s theology: “Is it right to say that heaven cannot hold God, nor the earth sustain, and what about heaven and earth fleeing away when he comes to reign?”
But have no fear!
However I Kings 8.27, in Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the Temple, says: “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.” Regarding “heaven and earth fleeing away”, many New Testament apocalyptic passages use such language, such as II Peter 3. 10-11: “The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire… That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” So Rosetti is wholly biblical except, perhaps, for the description of snow and frost at the birth of Christ, which owes more to Dickensian tradition than to the New Testament!
Also, I had no idea this poem/song was by Christina Rosetti. I’m rather fond of the Rosetti siblings, if I do say so myself. Learn something new every day!
Everyone knows the Pogues song, but here are some (more or less) great covers from a variety of folks.
Yes, this is The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend because this song is awesome! But more importantly–how did I not know thtat this existed? All of these Venture Bros Christmas songs!
You can buy the next one by Stars HERE.