This may be the earliest brand new Christmas song you’re going to hear this year – because you’re going to hear it 38 days (that’s five weeks) before Christmas.
The reason you’re about to hear a brand new Christmas song way too early is that I received an email from US singer/songwriter, and all-round lovely person, Kelly Jones.
I’m pleased to say that, unlike most other times I receive emails from musicians, I’d actually heard of Kelly and her music. Ms. Jones made an album in 2008 called SheBANG!, and it’s a magnificent piece of power pop / girl group / Sixties retro. And I’m not just saying that because Kelly might be reading this post. (Hi, Kelly!) I think it’s a superbly splendid album. Or it could be splendidly superb – I’m not quite sure. Either way, I love that album.
So I was a teensy bit thrilled when Kelly emailed, asking me to pester this here blog with her new song. Woohoo!
Because Kelly’s ditty is a Christmas song, and because it’s nowhere near Christmas, I asked Kelly when she wanted me to post it, thinking maybe Christmas Eve. She said as early as I thought appropriate.
Unfortunately, that led to the two different parts of my brain – the enthusiastic part and the sensible part – wrestling with each other. After a short tussle, the enthusiastic part won out. As it usually does.
So if you don’t mind hearing a Christmas song way too soon, here’s the lovely Kelly Jones being all Christmassy:
Kelly Jones – “Kissing Santa On Christmas Eve” (2012)
Incidentally, Kelly told me the song will be available to download from iTunes and elsewhere from December 4. Because of this, I haven’t provided a download link to it. (In other words, you ain’t downloadin’ it here.)
By the way, Kelly appears in a video with her friend and fellow power popper Bleu. The video comes from Bleu’s PledgeMusic page, and it asks for help in funding his next album, To Hell With You. It does it in a mighty entertaining way:
I know this is Kelly’s post, not Bleu’s, but you might be interested to know that Bleu’s efforts to raise enough money for his album have been remarkably successful. Even with a deadline of late February next year, Bleu has already been pledged almost double his target.
Now back to Kelly:
In her email, Kelly also sent me a blurb about the song. I won’t reprint all of it here because this post is way too long already. (Sorry about that.) But I will copy-and-paste the recording details. I always find them fascinating, discovering who did what, where they did it etc:
“Kissing Santa On Christmas Eve” (written by Kelly Jones)
Vocals, glockenspiel – Kelly Jones
Guitars, bass, keyboards – Mike Viola
Drums – Scott Seiver
Strings – Eric Summer
Produced by Mike Viola
Mixed by Ducky Carlisle
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE Mastering
Recorded at Alta Loma Studios and Barebones Studios, Los Angeles, CA