In last week’s edition of Mind Equals Blown’s recommendation series, I suggested three holiday songs by some of my favorite artists. This week, I’m offering three more. Of no less quality than the last three, here are some non-traditional songs, all originals by their respective acts, all great in their own ways.
1. “There Is A Light” – We The Kings (Ft. Martin Johnson)
When the Secret Valentine EP was released in 2008, I was excited to hear the new songs and the band’s cover of “Feel Good Inc.,” but most of all to hear this collaboration with Boys Like Girls frontman Martin Johnson. Combining two of my favorite pop vocalists at the time made this an easy favorite from the EP and a song that gets its due play every December. It has an intimate feel about it, as though these guys were just sitting around a fireplace playing music to make the time go by on a long winter night. This definitely stands as one of my all-time favorite holiday tunes.
2. “Pennsylvania Holiday” – Valencia
For some reason, I’ve never listened to Valencia as much as I probably should have. I’ve enjoyed seeing them live and liked their albums, but they never quite made their way into my general rotation. Either way, I found this song two years ago, and it combines the band’s pop-punk honesty with some longing for the positive aspects of the holiday season to avoid most of the cliched sounds of Christmas music and make something worth listening to at any time of year. The song’s full of great lyrics and some nice acoustic guitar parts; what more could you want?
3. “I Want An Alien For Christmas” – Fountains Of Wayne
While I might prefer Fountains of Wayne when they’re a little more sincere, I can always appreciate their quirkier songs. This one definitely falls into the latter category, with tons of goofy lyrics meant to lighten up the holiday season. Bemoaning the traditional sort of gifts, the lyrics offer quite a few reasons why it’d be a lot better to get “a little green guy about three feet high with seventeen eyes who knows how to fly.” It’s a pretty straightforward song and a little on the short side, but a lot of fun to listen to when you want to avoid the basic Christmas songs that fill stores, restaurants, and radio stations from October to December.