Musics of Christmas

Every year I make a compilation of Christmas music and oddities. This is no mere drag-and-drop project; heaven forfend! I listen to old radio shows and out-of-print albums for material; I write and record new stuff; I design covers; I edit tracks for time and splice bits of different ones together; I record interviews and edit those, adding music and such; I play with the sequence and massage the crossfades until it’s all as close as I can possibly make it to a professional-quality product.

I wrote an essay about it for the Washington Post.

I’ve been making these since 2006. The 2009, 2010,¬†2011, 2012 and 2013¬†editions each individually represent tens upon dozens of hours of my labor, I’m embarrassed to say, but I’m pleased with how they turned out. I wish writing was as much fun as making these compilations is.

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