5 Colorado Songs to Boost the Christmas Spirit

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There’s nothing wrong with Christmas classics, but hearing the same songs over and over can become redundant. In most cases, Christmas music is meant to capture the emotional roller coaster that is the holidays. That being said, make it the most wonderful time of the year for local Colorado artists by streaming their holiday music. Set the mood with a cozy blanket, a fireplace and relax to the sound of Christmas music. Here are five local Colorado tunes to get you started that are sure to get your vacation spirit going.

The Sweet lilySweet Holiday Sessions

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For starters, the Boulder band released an album dedicated to Christmas classics – with a folk twist. The project is a warm journey into the past. However, it’s refreshing to hear new versions of classics that sound rooted in Colorado soil. Grab a whiskey, light the fireplace, and listen to the sounds of Chris Pandolfi of the Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters (banjo), Sally Van Meter (dobro) and Amethyst Starr (vocals).

The Dollhouse Thieves – “Santa Claus Brings Me Beer”

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The dollhouse thieves get straight to the point: “Santa brings me a beer”. What more ? The boozy tune is a fun and original concept combined with an easy-going instrumental. The saxophone and trumpet dotted throughout are a treat for listeners. There’s wit splashed in every verse and is a nice break from the traditional Christmas classics. In the end, the band decides to “separate a roasted and grilled stout” and enjoy the holiday season. Let’s toast to that!

Derek Dames Ohl – “Blue Skies and It’s Christmas”

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Not all Christmas songs have to be happy and cheerful to be worth listening to. Derek Dames Ohl proves it with “Blue Skies and It’s Christmas Time”. Right from the start, Ohl evokes nostalgia. As a result, the song is a heartwarming and introspective classic. Plus, Ohl perfectly captures the tinge of sadness that comes with the holidays. It would be nice if every day felt like a vacation. Most of the time they don’t and that’s okay. Whatever emotions arise during the holidays, Ohl felt them too.

The Lumineers – “C’est la vie (Merry Christmas) feat. Daniel Rodríguez”

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The Lumineers blessed fans with a Christmas single, featuring singer-songwriter Daniel Rodriguez. Proceeds from the song will benefit MusiCares. As for the song, the rumbling start enters a soft melodic avenue. The less than 3 minute track is a reminder to stop and smell the roses. As it continues, sleigh bells ring in the background to help move the listener along. The holidays are about thinking and that’s exactly what the Lumineers sing about. In a year full of losses, it’s important to remember what’s here. To bring the song back into the Christmas spirit, the band shouts in unison “Merry Christmas!”

On the edge of the slopes – “Veille du solstice”

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“Solstice Eve” is a sensual and sophisticated Christmas jingle. The shaking organ and guitar riff bring the song together for a playful twist on a Christmas song. The percussion adds a jazzy touch and the lead vocals draw the audience in with their warm timbre. Overall, the song is perfect for afternoons. The whiskey is poured, the fireplace crackles and the guests are gone. Together indoors with a loved one on a cozy Christmas night.

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