The industrious elves in Quiet Parade are putting out a Christmas EP, Christmas Through the Fog, on December 2, and celebrating this fact with a release show December 3 (7:30pm doors, 8pm start at the Timber Lounge, 2712 Agricola Street. $7. With guest Norma MacDonald). You may be only three advent doors in, but the holiday feeling is in full swing, so go with it. To honour this event, we've asked the band to list their favourite holiday songs to listen on repeat for a whole month (month and a half depending on how intense you are).
TREVOR MURPHY (lead vocals, guitar):
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love I’m a huge sucker for any Phil Spector Wall of Sound-era tracks, so it’s no surprise that this is my favourite Christmas song of all time. Darlene Love’s voice is so powerful throughout, and, at its core, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is a really sad song. The music—full of bells, saxophones, hope, and back-up vocals for days—masks the wistfulness of the lyrics in such a magical way. The version we recorded for our new EP sort of digs beneath the joy to expose some of that sadness. Seems right up our alley! Also, did you know this song plays during the opening credits of Gremlins? Awesome.
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey Aside from being a bona fide Christmas banger, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a fascinating cultural phenomenon. Not only is it the eleventh best selling single of all time, it's the only holiday song produced in our generation considered by many critics to be a Christmas standard. And why not? Much like “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” it has all the hallmarks of a great Christmas song: sleigh bells, church bells, references to Santa, killer back-up vocals and inherently melancholy lyrics packaged in bouncy, cheerful and bright wrapping paper.
CONNOR BOOTH (drums):
“Skating” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio A deeper cut from the A Charlie Brown Christmas album, this track evokes some super nostalgic feelings for me. The piano drives the song and is instantly recognizable. Jerry Granelli on the drums is a Halifax legend, and adds an irreplaceable touch to this song—and he is still playing just as well to this day.
“Christmas Time Is Here” by Linda Carol Many people associate Christmas music and jazz closely—but smooth funk music? This version of another track original from A Charlie Brown Christmas has all the makings of a great Christmas song. The wonderful drumming by Dave Burton compliments the smooth and delicate sounds that make up rest of the instrumental. Linda Carol's voice sits beautifully on top and rounds out this amazing track.
JULIA WEIR (keys, vocals)
“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Coldplay I remember the first time I heard Chris Martin's rendition of this song. There was something magical about the way he played it on the piano that stuck with me. As a piano player, this is my go to version of the track.
Twas' In The Moon Of Wintertime (Huron Carol) I always gravitate towards Christmas hymns during the holiday season. I directed a children’s choir for more than ten years and we sang this song. We'd have long instrumentals where the kids all played a variety of instruments pretending to be woodland animals scurrying through the forest. It was a song of imagination for all of us.
JASON METHOT (lead guitar)
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from How The Grinch Stole Christmas Growing up, it wasn't Christmas until we watched the Grinch (the 1966 cartoon, not that Jim Carrey abomination) so this song always brings me back to those years.
“Little Drummer Boy” by The O’ By Gollies This is one of my favourites not just because I was in this group, but I always thought this was a great version of the song. It was nice to be in a Christmas band with your best friends.
ANTHONY PHILLIPS (bass)
“There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” by Perry Como This is just a classic crooner Christmas song, that—in my experience—isn’t quite overplayed. The solid vocals and semi-predictably of the whole thing is comforting like a cup of cocoa made by your mom after a cold night in the snow. The warm hug you need sometimes.
“The Gift” by Garth Brooks "The Gift" is just an old school country song with a strong narrative that just happens to coincide with the Christmas story. You get a great picture in your mind about the scenario playing out, and I like Garth Brooks’ version because his music was really my first exposure to music. We’d listen to his albums in my Mom’s car, so, in a very Christmas way, his music takes me "home."
Have a listen to the whole Quiet Parade playlist, here:
And check out their nostalgia-dripping cover of Darlene Love's classic here: