12 Days Of xMas Music: Day 3

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Chris Trapper – It’s Christmas Time

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Twelve years ago, Chris Trapper released It’s Christmas Time, his collection of original holiday songs. As he put it at the time, “If you’re sick of ‘Jingle Bells,’ go ahead and break out this album until you get sick of that too.” It’s all original material from one of the best singer-songwriters working today. His pop music has appeared in films like There’s Something About Mary and The Devil Wears Prada as well as television shows like ER and Malcolm In The Middle. Résumé aside, this is a solid holiday album that deserves to become a modern classic, even if he did miss a golden opportunity to title the album Christmas Trapper.
It starts with the jaunty strum of the title track, a sweet piece of instant-nostalgia that conjures childhood memories even if you’re hearing this for the first time. “Black And Blue Christmas” captures some of the anti-xMas spirit and holiday fatigue that we all experience between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. It’s funny and completely relatable.
“This December” spares a thought for all those less fortunate than you and me and, as such, it is one of the more somber tracks on the record. “California Holiday” serves as a reminder of where you should be focusing your energy and effort, not just at this time of year, but probably year-round, as well. The album ends with the wistful “Christmas Ends A Day Too Soon” and the pretty instrumental “Mystified.”
This is one of the rare holiday albums whose songs would, for the most part, not sound out of place at any time during the year. Chris Trapper’s rich tenor and warm acoustic guitar work make for an excellent soundtrack to any season.
Finally, a rare commercial plug for a local artist: Order now direct from Chris’s merch store, with guaranteed Christmas delivery if ordered by December 15th. www.christrapper.com/store
Tune in for tomorrow for the next installment in the 12 Days Of xMas Music.

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Until next time, keep those discs spinning. Merry Christmas and all the rest…

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