2016 was simultaneously the best and worst year in music in recent memory. We lost two of the greatest innovators and musicians of popular music in Prince and David Bowie, we lost a legendary emcee in Phife Dawg, and even one of the history’s most iconic songwriters in Leonard Cohen, just to name a few of 2016’s losses.
Christmas is a season of joy, selflessness, and community. It is a time when we collectively realize that Emmanuel is here to liberate and save us. These themes are most evident in the songs we sing this time of year, making our Christmas bonus playlist ripe with celebration, hope, calls for peace, and openness. Enjoy with family and friends, let it be a soundtrack of glad tidings this holiday season.
Knit sweaters, rough and brittle fall leaves, crisp air cold enough to see your own breath, rain, the feeling of the smog and humidity being trapped in by the overcast weather (if you live in Los Angeles like me) to name a few. It’s all very existential, much like this month’s playlist. The compilation below is overall pretty mellow and vibey in energy. It’s also incredibly diverse.