Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week we have some special holiday treats for you! Today’s selection is another original holiday song, “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)” by JD McPherson from a new single on Rounder.
Rising blues songwriter JD McPherson’s sound hails back to the classic rock and roll and rhythm and blues of the 50s, so naturally, his Christmas offering fits right in next to Christmas rock and roll classics. Instead of covering one of the three or four vintage Christmas rock and roll tunes we all have heard 10,000 times, McPherson gives us a fresh track that will rock you around the Christmas tree with the same jump and jive. Lyrically, “Twinkle” is a pretty standard holiday tune, referencing good times with friends, being with the one you love on dark, warm nights, and all the other Christmas mantra. But musically, McPherson gives us something new. The tune is easy to sing along with and dance to, and it has a great sax solo piece near the middle. It’s a warm and friendly addition to anyone’s Christmas party mix.
JD McPherson and the band have recently made the rounds with appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a tour that came through Seattle this past weekend. If you missed it, look for him next time he comes around by following him on Facebook on through his website. For now, spread the holiday cheer with “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)”: