Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Track of the Week: Christmas Time Is Here by Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne makes some of the best soul music today. On Tuesday he released a recording for free on his label's website. "Christmas Time Is Here" was originally recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio for the Peanuts Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, in 1965.


On the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack there are two recordings of "Christmas Time Is Here." The first is the well know jazz instrumental. The tv show Arrested Development hilariously would use it as a recurring theme when a character was depressed. Indeed, the Christmas special is rather melancholy, and rather depressing most of the time.







The second version features a children's choir singing words over the bands instrumental. I generally do not like children's choirs, but the song is so great. It is not a big deal. Hawthorne's version is similar to the vocal version in that he sings the words over the instrumental. However, I like it more because he has such a great, soulful voice.

Now that it is Christmas people will start listening to Christmas music. And usually that is a terrible thing. There are some HORRIBLE Christmas songs. But these should make you feel nice while you try to keep warm at night.

Samples
Christmas Time Is Here by Mayer Hawthorne
Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental] by Vince Guarldi Trio
Christmas Time Is Here [Vocal] by Vince Guarldi Trio

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