The kind of Christmas music that doesn’t make you want to turn it off instantly
No Scrooges allowed on the 21st December. As Paul Kelly has made it, Christmas music is supposed to make you feel good – not the mind-numbing stuff they play at Westfield.
Just good tunes to have in the background as you cook Christmas dinner and have drinks with your loved ones.
Peach PRC – I’ve Been Bad Santa
The TikTok sensation Peach PRC has a way with making catchy tunes with relatable lyrics. It’s jingly but nothing overbearing and hey if you’re feeling some extra bah humbug, Peach’s got ‘Christmas Kinda Sucks’ on the same EP.
I highly recommend following Peach’s cooky life on tiktok for some laughs over this period.
Velvet Bloom – A Christmas Kinda Love
Released as a one-off Christmas tune, the cool and transcendent tones of Maddie’s voice alongside her band is a real hands up in the air swaying kinda feel. You get me?
‘A Christmas Kinda Love’ is raising money for ‘Velvet Bloom’s Christmas Special’ at The Colour Club 22nd December where all funds raised will go towards the ASRC. The holiday season is all about spreading the love, hey?
There’s still tickets left for this Christmas gig, find them here.
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Stella Donnelly – Season’s Greetings
Stella brings life back into Christmas music. How good is a true blue Aussie song with explicits? It’s bloody good. This one goes out to the not-so-perfect families that we still love. The good, bad and ugly, we just have to embrace it and cheers to that.
The bird loving Stella Donnelly has a gig on 29th January for HyperFest, check it out here.
Tim Minchin – White wine in the sun
The classic. One of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in my life. Tim Minchin has captured the beauty of Australian Christmas’, it’s humble and comforting – embracing the uniqueness of hot summer Christmas day. ‘White Wine in the Sun’ is even more important in COVID times. No matter where you are in this crazy world, with loved ones or not, pour out a white wine and toast to the ones you love.
This live recording of ‘White Wine in the Sun’ always gets me teary.
Gretta Ray – It’s Almost Christmas In Philly (Acoustic)
It’s hard not to love Gretta Ray. Taken from Gretta Ray’s triple j ‘album of the year’ and ARIA nominated album, Begin To Look Around, ‘It’s Almost Christmas In Philly’ is a gleaming highlight with stripped back sonics and hushed vocals – it’s perfect for popping on in the background while sitting around the tree with a glass of wine.
“It’s a song about driving through North America with my dear friend Sam while I was opening for Gang of Youths in 2018,” Gretta says.
“It’s the most folky sounding song on Begin To Look Around, and with this version, I wanted to hone in on that even more.”
Paul Kelly – How To Make Gravy
Now the whole reason for this article! On the 21st of December, our protagonist of this song wonders ‘who’s gonna make the gravy? I bet it won’t taste the same.” Once again we’re drawn to the fact a lot of us won’t be home for Christmas. Families and people separated for so long, there is safety and comfort in knowing this tradition will always happen no matter what. Whether you’re religious or not, we embrace this time of year as of high importance for our loved ones and families.
Paul Kelly has actually just released a new video for the track, which was re-recorded for his latest album, Paul Kelly’s Christmas Train.
“The original How To Make Gravy came out 25 years ago and I must have played it now thousands and thousands of times. It’s a staple in our set,” Kelly said.
“The band and I thought it would be worthwhile putting our current version to tape.”
Although it has ‘evolved over the years,’ the band’s ‘current version’ differs little to the original. The new video, created by Siân Darling, comprises of clips gathered from fans, with cameos from Brian Nankervis and Gretta Ray.
Check it out here.
So throw on these tunes and reflect on the holiday season this Australian summer.