Getting older has resulted in a lot of changes in my behavior the 21-year-old me would recoil in terror at – I sometimes like wearing suits, for example, and love sushi (21-year-old me could barely eat pizza with vegetables on it, yet alone sushi). But he would be most distressed by how much I’ve come to enjoy Christmas music. I was eating dinner at a curry restaurant tonight, and found my foot tapping along with the piped-in music. Then I realized it was a smooth-jazz piano cover of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.” I bobbed my head along to “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” as it played at my workplace. Younger me is sobbing into his Wolf Parade album while wondering why nobody wants to go on a date with him.
I like this current version of me, now, and it has allowed me to enjoy Annie The Clumsy’s little Christmas album, Merry Little Christmas From My Messy Room. She takes a break from the double entendres and subversive ukulele music she’s been releasing this year to record a straightforward, lovely little EP of Christmas songs. You get “Santa Baby” – which works well with the style she’s shown off this year – “Winter Wonderland” and a gather-round-the-fireplace-and-feel-good take on “The Christmas Song.” Let’s all embrace the holidays…and listen to this. Listen below, or get it here.