Well, it’s December now, which means that most of us probably have Christmas on the brain. And that’s okay! It happens. I mean, we’re all grown-ups now, so the holiday isn’t really the exciting present-opening extravaganza it once was, but it’s still tradition. And dammit if I don’t feel that little cozy warmth of nostalgia when I see my 29-year-old Christmas stocking hanging on my mom’s mantle.
Bandcamp is a fantastic source for new interpretations of classic seasonal songs, many of which are free. I’m not a religious person, but one of my favorite Christmas songs ever is “O Holy Night,” so I’m happy to get my hands on any iteration of the hymn. Imagine my delight when Beta Radio e-mailed me a link to their brand new holiday EP, which they’re offering for free download through the end of the year.
You’ll get not only their sweet Americana twist on “O Holy Night,” but also a Beta Radio Christmas original, “The Song the Season Brings,” a happy New Year shout-out with “Auld Lang Syne,” and “The First Noel” as a special bonus track.