Jingle Singles: Day 13. O Come O Come Emmanuel.

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice. 

Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice.

For Sufjan Stevens has given us so much beautiful Christmas music. This is just one of his Songs for Christmas, and it is lovely.

If, like me, you want your music to be all-Christmas-all-the-time when December rolls around, you need to have a range of options for all moods. Sometimes Slade just isn’t going to cut it; you’re looking for something altogether more soothing. Not least so that your very tolerant flatmate doesn’t confiscate your speakers. 

[This year, of course, I’ve had to convince myself that the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton counts as Christmas music, as I experienced physical withdrawal symptoms when I tried to go a week without listening to it. You’ve all heard it, right? You don’t need me to go tell you to listen to it? SERIOUSLY, YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO IT; IT IS OBSCENELY BRILLIANT.]

Sufjan Stevens is the perfect solution for creating an atmosphere of ambient festive goodwill. 

I love the straightforward sincerity with which he approaches carols and secular songs alike. The acoustic settings are gorgeous (who knew how much I liked a banjo?) and the arrangements allow for a little gentle singing along. 

It’s halfway through December, and you need to get your cards and parcels in the post if you haven’t already. May I recommend mulling some wine and settling yourself down with a stack of sellotape and paper goods, with Sufjan on your stereo? Your wrapping will be done before you know it. 

[Sick of Christmas music? GET OFF MY LAWN. But while you go, stick Sufjan Stevens’ new album Carrie and Lowell on instead; it’s superb.]


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