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Fairy Lights

Fairy Lights

Nov 04, 2022

Surprise! The label I'm a part of, Revanche Records, releases a Christmas album every year. Last year I recorded a version of "Have yourself a merry little Christmas", in duet with label companion Timo de Jong. This year our label boss Marlous asked us if someone felt like writing their own Christmas song. I thought that really wasn't something for me. But after listening to Christmas classics all summer I wanted to have tried it at least once.

I sat down with my guitar and started with the line "It's Christmas time." And then it became something completely different from what I had started out with. I had planned to write something cheerful about how wonderful it is to be together. But all I could think about was all the people we've lost, who won't be there at the Christmas table this year. It can be so painful to have to put on a brave face and pretend to be cheerful. I really hope this year we can talk about the things that are painful.

Many, many thanks to all the people who have helped me put this song into the world: Marlous for planting the seed. Carlos for telling me it was beautiful even in its initial state. And Janos Koolen for making it sound so good.

Here is Fairy Lights!

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