What's Hot
What's Going On

Calendar

Search thousands of events in our database.

Restaurants

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Nightlife

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Orlando Daily Deals powered by ReferLocal

OW on Twitter
OW on Facebook
Print Email

MUSIC

Comfort and joy

Local musicians return with another collection of gorgeous Christmas carols

Photo: Danny Jones, License: N/A

Danny Jones


It’s not easy to restore my faith, per se, in Christmas carols. What was once a sign of presents to come and vacation to be had has been contorted like so many tannenbaum branches into the misshapen herald of yuletide pressure and maddening sameness.

Perhaps it’s seasonally fitting that a local pastor and musician provided my salvation this year. Cole NeSmith’s inspired, synth-heavy, appropriately Euro-tinged cover of 16th-century French carol “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella” is one of many standouts on Hey, It’s Christmas! Vol. 2, the second annual collection of mostly Floridian indie carols curated by Orlando graphic designer and producer Greg Perkins. Among the album’s countless charms (streaming for free at heyitschristmas.com) is Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Eutopian Accident’s solemn take on “Masters in This Hall” (another oldie from France), Orlando buzz band Saskatchewan’s gentle, falsetto version of Wham’s “Last Christmas” and Moon in the Morning’s romantic original, “Hearts Are Warm (It’s Christmas).”

Perhaps most impressive is Nashville harpist-songwriter Timbre’s ethereal, mournful “Silent Night,” which is culled from her own gorgeous carol album, Silent Night (timbre.bandcamp.com), and captures within its seven-minute running time the divine humanity, chilly atmosphere and melancholic isolation that anyone, no matter their situation, can relate to this time of year.

Hey, It’s Christmas! Vol. 2 is a timely reminder that Christmas carols don’t have to be dreadful drugstore earworms seemingly engineered to guilt consumers into decking those halls a little harder. The fact that this beautiful collection was compiled by and mostly made up of area musicians is the real gift of the season.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus