Late December, 2011: A Last Minute Christmas Companion

It’s still rainy and cool here in rural New England – a disappointment for anyone hoping for a traditional white Christmas. But I’ve still got the holiday spirit, and if today’s inbox is any indication, so do the artists who we love.

The late-December holiday release is a new phenomenon, historically speaking. But it’s not unexpected: where once, artists recorded and released music for the holidays months in advance, the better to ensure that the word and song could spread through critic and culture in time to find us and claim our hearts, new media – YouTube, Soundcloud, the Bandcamp release and the email or Facebook prompt to find them – have sparked a new potential for flash-fast attention.

Which is to say: for the first time in memory, the instantaneous distribution of music and other media has become the norm, making the last-minute holiday release a common element of the season. And so we’re ending our week with a short set of brand new streaming delights to take you the rest of the way through the holidays. All were released in the short weeks since we first shared our annual Christmas features; all are worth your precious time, on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Enjoy them now, and remember the creative forces behind them when they come to your town in the months and years to come.

The Poison Oaks: If We Make It Through December
(orig. Merle Haggard)

Anne-Marie Sanderson: Walking In The Air (from “The Snowman”) [via]

Hillary Grist: Angels We Have Heard On High

Tim Gearan and Jesse Dee: Winter Wonderland

Town Hall: The Christmas Song

Matt Ryd: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Wheeler Street: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Melissa Ferrick: Jingle Bells

Cover Lay Down thrives throughout the year thanks to the support of artists, labels, promoters, and YOU. So do your part: listen, love, spread the word, and above all, purchase the music, the better to keep it alive.

And if, in the end, you’ve got goodwill to spare, and want to help keep the music flowing? Please, consider a year’s end contribution to Cover Lay Down. All gifts will go directly to bandwidth and server costs; all giftees will receive undying praise, and an exclusive download code for a special gift 12-song set of favorite 2011 Holiday Covers otherwise unblogged, including several of the above covers in downloadable mp3 form.

Thanks, folks. May your holiday season bring peace, joy, and gladness. And may your days be merry and bright.

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One Response to “Late December, 2011: A Last Minute Christmas Companion”

  1. Birgit

    Thanks for sharing “Winter Wonderland”
    and all the other great stuff on your blog.
    Merry Christmas and a happy 2012!

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