Posts Tagged ‘brighten’

First Official Christmas Music Post of 2016

December 1, 2016

Welcome back everyone and Merry Christmas. This blog started on Facebook nearly a decade ago. I then dropped off Facebook and started blogging via wordpress (which is where I remain today). I am back on Facebook — I post each WP  entry to that page. You can follow me over there if it’s easier.

Also, on this page, you can search my Christmas music postings all the way back to 2010. YouTube has changed their copyright enforcement dramatically since then so some of the links to videos I’ve featured are dead. Most still exist and here’s a ton of really good stuff in the archives. If you find a dead link just google the song and artist – it should come up in some form.

I’ll get 2016 started with a tune titled Ho Ho Hopefully by a band called The Maine.

The Maine is an Arizona based band formed in 2007. Their second release was a holiday EP titled,  …And a Happy New Year. It’s a four-song EP featuring three tunes penned by the band and a cover of Wham’s Last Christmas.

Ho Ho Hopefully is a catchy pop tune that also features the band, Brighten. I featured them way back on December 26th of 2014.

“December 1st
I’m in a foreign state, I’m running late
I’m all alone, wishing I was home with you baby
She’s got a way of making things okay when she’s not around
When she’s not around I’m going crazy
We like to talk about the plans we make
And things we say
When we’re together I hope for better weather this year
But you my dear need to know
This year I want you alone”

More on the band The Maine here and here
Purchase from iTunes here
Purchase from Amazon here

Ho Ho Hopefully – The Maine


Posting Through The End of the Year

December 26, 2014

It happens every year. As soon as the second hand rolls to midnight Christmas night, bing, bang, zoom, Christmas shuts down. Radio stations go back to whatever it is they play through the remainder of the year. Stores go back to whatever passes for muzak these days. And we’re supposed to just shut it off.

It does not help that Christmas music starts getting airplay in the middle of October, does it?

Anyway, as I have done since I started this blog seven years ago, I’ll keep posting through the end of the year (I have a great new tune for New Year’s Eve).

In my research for this blog, I come across all kinds of lists that people make. One in particular is a top ten indie Christmas tunes list. I’ve featured a few from it through the years The Weepies, Death Cab For Cutie to name a few.

One on this particular list is a pop band from Chico, California, Brighten. Brighten is Justin and Jimmy Richards and a guy named Alex Draper. They’ve been independently releasing their music since 2007 (mainly at their concerts but certainly nowadays via amazon and itunes).

In 2007, they released a Christmas single and video titled Merry Christmas Baby (not to be confused with the 1947 Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore song of the same name, that tune also famously covered by Bruce Springsteen).

I’ll feature Brighten’s Merry Christmas Baby tonight.

Merry Christmas Baby – Brighten

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