I have a new favorite holiday song. Sure, the classics are great: “Silent Night,” “White Christmas,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” But this season my heart belongs to only one “Winter Song.” It is the gorgeous, almost haunting combination of Sara Bareilles’ and Ingrid Michaelson‘s voices that has kept me warm and cozy through the long winter’s night.
And if the sweet melancholy of “Winter Song” alone wasn’t enough to make you a fan, then the animated video ups the adorable ante to almost unbearable amounts. Tiny aprons, matching beds, rosy heart-shaped cheeks — heavens, the cuteness.
Isn’t it uncanny how much Sara and Ingrid look like their delightful little doppelgangers?
The song is part of the fantastic The Hotel Cafe presents…Winter Songs, a collection of female singer-songwriters performing seasonal classics and holiday originals. Besides Sara and Ingrid, the disc includes a mix of established singers like Fiona Apple and up-and-comers like Brandi Carlile, KT Tunstall, Lenka and many more. A portion of the proceeds of album purchases and downloads go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
I’m not entirely sure what Katy Perry is doing on the album (or why she sounds hungover singing “White Christmas”). Though I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since she has a habit of popping up in the most unexpected and, one could argue, unwelcome places. Regardless, Winter Songs is a lovely compilation of female voices spreading seasonal cheer.
So, have you, like me, immediately added “Winter Song” to your winter playlist? And, since ’tis the season, what are some of your other favorite holiday songs — either old, new or covers? Discuss, and have yourself a very happy holidays.