Friday, December 10, 2010

A Holiday Whimsy - Dickinson's Christmas Carols

Like a tart and tasty bite of cranberry and sweet potato comes this holiday whimsy. It's a collage of carols and poetry, a mashup of twee indie pop and canonical verse. It won't make your teeth hurt, promise!

Portland indie pop chanteuse Grey Anne says:
"Dickinson's Christmas Carol" is not a typo. It's a combination of two great things: traditional Christmas songs, and Emily Dickinson poems.

You may notice these recordings are imperfect. They're no-dubs two-channel home recordings, because this is a lark and maybe no one cares. But if people really like it, enhanced versions may be made available later.

A big tip of the pint to Grey Anne!

(And what should that pint be, you ask? Well, not exactly a pint. Nor a barleywine, winter warmer, or other holiday beer. Entirely too massive and rich. This needs something lighter in texture, but structured and with deceptive power...a Belgian tripel!)


  1. Aw, thanks for the shoutout, Capital Taps!

    If you like the tracks, please share them with your favorite English-teacher type. They're $1 each or 6 for $5.

    Today is Miss Dickinson's 180th birthday. In her poems, she fixates on ghosts--so who knows? She may still be around ;)

  2. Ha! Over at Poetry and Popular Culture, there's an interview with the curator of a show in Boston, "The Public Life of Poetry: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, and Their Contemporaries."

    The Dickinson part "focuses mainly on the marketing of Dickinson immediately after her death."

    The magic of the internets forges a new chapter in that marketing a little over a century later.

    Thanks for stopping by!