This release is one of the few times as a music writer that words truly escape me. I'm going to use MorganEve Swain's explanation for it:
One night in mid-December of Dave's and my first year together, we were snowed in, drinking strong eggnog and dressing up in each other's winter clothes when we decided to take our silliness one step further and write a holiday song. "The Old Church Bell" was the first song we ever co-wrote. We had so much fun with it that that same night we recorded a version of "Silent Night" too, using almost every instrument we had in the house- just having fun with it and each other. Every winter since then, we kept the tradition of recording a few Christmas songs, which we would hand-package and give as gifts to our families. This year, I thought it'd be special and important to make these songs available to our extended family, in an effort to send something fun into the world and keep Dave's cheerful, fun-loving spirit alive.
I'm not usually one for Christmas music, but this album is incredibly special. The loss of Dave Lamb this year was particularly tragic, and to be given something this intimate and personal is truly special. Head over to Brown Bird's Bandcamp page to purchase it while you still can. You can listen below.