This year, in lieu of getting sloppy in velvet at Christmas parties, howling at the Solstice moon, shooting arrows and shooting back Thor’s Hammer at the Schloss Britz Weihnachtsmarkt, wrapping white elephant gifts for the Christmas Pyjama Jamboree, and basically living in the reflection of a Christmas tree ornament, I made a special holiday episode of Something Like, and invited some of my favourite people in the world to send over their holiday greetings.
Each message feels like the best little sonic xmas gift I could ever ask for, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thanks to Julien Meert, Elif Saydam, Michele di Menna & Max Brand & Mina, Camila McHugh, Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Tim Koh, Alex Turgeon, Viviana Abelson, Céline Gillain, Joseph Kusendila, Leon Eisermann, Rosa Aiello, Anna Łuczak, Emma LaMorte, Louise O’Kelly & Paulo Andres Gonzalez, Nooa Avo, and Margie & Tony Knox for sending over your messages; you’ve warmed my heart more than you can know! Also sending love to all those who couldn’t send something along, I’m sharing this episode with you in particular.
Happy holidays, Merry (Happy) Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, everybody! This lonely year is almost over. Almost time for another.
- Check out Artist Charity Aid Network (A.C.A.N.) on Instagram and support the charities participating artists have chosen! Plenty of last minute xmas gifts for great causes!
- Check out this list posted by A.C.A.N. telling Berliners where they can donate clothing, food, money, and supplies over the holiday season and all year round.
- Another idea: Tim Koh’s new album “In Your Dreams”, out now on Bandcamp and the holiday episode of Kokonut Trip on NTS.
Roger 3000, Jingle Bells, 2020
Marvin Gaye, Purple Snowflakes, 1964
Home Alone “I’ll Give it a Whirl”, 1990
Vince Guaraldi Trio, Christmas Time is Here, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
It’s Christmas Time, The Qualities, 1960
Eurythmics, Winter Wonderland, A Very Special Christmas, 1987
Jun Togawa, 降誕節 (The Nativity), Wish With You A Merry Christmas, 1983
Elif Saydam’s Top 5 of 2020
The Patti Smith Group (Radio Ethiopia Field Marshall), White Christmas, 1978
Eddie Daniels, Sleigh Ride, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988
YTV Santa Calls, 1997
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for First Choir, Jingle Bells Part 1, 1971
Michele di Menna, Max Brand, Mina
Cocteau Twins, Frosty the Snowman, Snow (EP), 1993
Kate Bush, December Will Be Magic Again, 1980
Vince Guaraldi Trio, O Tannenbaum, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965
A Message from Camila McHugh
Coil, Christmas is Now Drawing Near, Winter Solstice (North), 1999
Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Deck The Halls, 2020
Karina Skye, We Three Witches, Pagan Yule Carols (Wiccan Holiday Music), 2012
Viviana Abelson, 2020
Celine Gillain, I’M SORRY IF I HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND, 2020
Beverly Glenn Copeland, Winter Astral, Keyboard Fantasies, 1986
Joseph Kusendila, Le Frêne (The Ash Tree), read by William Gallab
The Choir of Chester Cathedral, Song of the Nuns of Chester (1425), Glory to the New-Born King – Christmas Music Sung by the Choir of Chester Cathedral, 2012
Betty Arden, Funny Bells, 2020
YTV Santa Calls 1997
Suicide, Hey Lord (1981), ZE A Christmas Record, 1981
Alex Turgeon, 2020
Special EFX, Silent Night, 1988
Tim Koh, Little Drummer Boy, 2020
Haruomi Hosono, 25 December 1983, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984
Louise & Paulo in London, 2020
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Ding Dong Merrily on High, 2010
Little Women, Ding Dong Merrily on High,1994
A message from Emma LaMorte, 2020
J.S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, BMW 248 Part Two: For the Second Day of Christmas, No. 10, 1734 (performed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, 1987)
A message from Anna Łuczak, 2020
Nina Simone, I am Blessed, Broadway Blues Ballads, 1964
Stevie Wonder, Someday at Christmas, Someday at Christmas, 1967
Dave Grusin, Some Children See Him, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988
An interview with Leon Eisermann from A.C.A.N.
A message from Rosa Aiello, 2020
Prince, Another Lonely Christmas, Purple Rain, 1993 (first as a B-Side on I Would Die For U, 1984)
Tom Recchion, A Christmas Filled with Tears, Where Were You on Christmas, 2006
Taeko Ohnuki, Inori (To Nobody), We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984
A message from Nooa Avo, 2020
Joni Mitchell, River, Blue, 1971
A message from Margie and Tony Knox, 2020
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Patrick Hadley, I Sing a Maiden, 2012
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Once in a Royal Davids City (Desc. Stephen Cleobury), 2017