There is nothing wrong with Christmas Classics, but hearing the same few songs over and over again can get redundant. In most cases, Christmas music is meant to capture the emotional roller coaster that the holidays are. That being said, make it the most wonderful time of year for local Colorado artists by playing their holiday music. Set the mood with a cozy blanket, fireplace and relax to the sound of Christmas music. Here are five local Colorado tunes to get you started, sure to boost your vacation spirit.
the sweet Lilies – Sweet holiday sessions
For starters, the Boulder group released an album dedicated to Christmas classics – with a folk twist. The project is a warm trip to the past. However, it’s refreshing to hear the new take on classics that sound ingrained in Colorado soil. Grab a whiskey, light the fireplace and enjoy the sounds of Chris Pandolfi from the Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters (banjo), Sally Van Meter (dobro) and Amethyst Starr (vocals).
The Dollhouse Thieves – “Santa Claus Brings Me Beer”
The Dollhouse Thieves get straight to the point: “Santa Claus brings me a beer. What more ? The boozy melody is a fun and quirky concept paired with an easygoing instrumental. The saxophone and trumpet sprinkled everywhere is a treat for listeners. There is spirit in every verse and serves as a pleasant break from traditional Christmas classics. Ultimately, the group decides to “split up a roasted and grilled stout” and enjoy the holiday season. Let’s drink to that!
Derek Dames Ohl – “Blue sky and it’s Christmas”
Not all Christmas carols need to be merry and merry to be worth listening to. Derek Dames Ohl proves it with “Blue Skies and It’s Christmas Time”. From the start, Ohl evokes nostalgia. As a result, the song is a heartwarming and introspective classic. Plus, Ohl perfectly captures the tinge of sadness that comes with the holidays. It would be nice if every day felt like a vacation. Most of the time they don’t and that’s okay. Whatever emotions arise during the holidays, Ohl felt them too.
The Lumineers – “This is Life (Merry Christmas) feat. Daniel Rodriguez “
The Lumineers blessed fans with a Christmas single, as well as singer-songwriter Daniel Rodriguez. Profits from the song will be donated to MusiCares. As for the song, the rumbling start enters a sweet melodic avenue. The trail of less than 3 minutes is reminiscent of stopping and smelling the roses. As you continue, sleigh bells ring in the background to help the listener follow. The holidays are thoughtful and that’s exactly what The Lumineers are singing about. In a year full of losses, it’s important to remember what’s going on here. To bring the song back to the Christmas spirit, the group shouts in unison “Merry Christmas!”
At the edge of the slopes – “Eve of the solstice”
“Solstice Eve” is a sensual and sophisticated Christmas jingle. The shaking organ and guitar riff bring the song together for a playful twist on a Christmas song. The drums add a touch of jazz and the lead vocals sweep the audience away with its warm sound. Overall, the song is perfect for the after hours. The whiskey is poured, the fireplace crackles and the guests are gone. Together indoors with a loved one on a pleasant Christmas night.