It’s that time of the year again; to be drenched in a flood of romance, to sparkle and fade. The holidays come with the coldest of nights, veiled with fairy lights and a dash of gloominess. Whether you’re celebrating the days with loved ones or all by yourself, with tons of cake and mulled wine, a combination of all or none at all: there will always be music to keep you company. And for this playlist, we’ve decided to not make you jingle all the way. It’s created by our team – Santa came early this year. Here’s our alternative holiday playlist, for you to soak up the festive spirit. Think sleigh bells, snowstorms, jazz bars and a whole lotta love.
Perfect soundtrack for your cosy Christmas cooking session, whilst making that one signature dish you’re gonna score points with from your family members.
Last year, whilst on my way home for Christmas, I was waiting for a connecting train at an overcrowded station. I hadn’t yet found my festive spirit and having to get the elbows out to low-key brawl my way onto the next train was not helping. It was then that my Spotify’s shuffle slung Hymn Eola into my headphones and a contented calm came over me. I sunk into its heavenly reverbed choral vocals, happy to be going home and finally feeling Christmas-y.
Christmas, to me, brings a lot of joyful moments, but it also inevitably brings in a certain feeling of nostalgia. I’ve been listening to this track quite a lot lately, and I think it definitely fits both!
I’m not a big lover of the holiday season; most of my family lives abroad, so it kinda makes me miss them. However, I love to make the holidays as cosy as possible. This soothing sound has sleigh bells in the background and the allure of a cosy jazz bar. You can sense the warmth in the very slow BPM. The sound tastes a bit like mulled wine.
The video clip always makes me dream away, calms me down – exactly what’s so nice about the holidays. Oh, and there’s a reindeer in the video clip, sort of Christmass-y.
At first, I selected another song. Then Robert told me that the December holidays were basically invented to get people through the cold, dark days – making use of lights, warmth and spending time together. I recently fell in love with this song, and I guess it might succeed in guiding me through the cold days. (Bonus: comment by “Alex Felix” underneath the YouTube video: “This sounds like something straight out of RuneScape”).
No words needed for this one.
I can imagine listening to this on my way to Friesland.
About the passing of time… the passing of time…
My favourite of the Phil Spector Christmas Album A Christmas Gift For You. The way she screams those last Baby Please Come Home’s always brings shivers down my spine.
I know we are not doing the Christmas thing anymore, but I just love these two so much
Warmest thoughts and best wishes,