Dr. Dog released a collection of four delightfully weird and heartfelt original Christmas songs yesterday. The EP is entitled Oh My Christmas Tree and was initially intended as a gift to the band’s family and friends. Fortunately for the rest of us, the group has decided to make the songs public. And thanks to the fine folks at Slate Magazine you can listen to them here.
In keeping with the holiday spirit, 100% of artist proceeds from this digital only benefit EP will be donated to Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks that feeds more than 37 million people including nearly 14 million children and leads the nation in the fight against hunger.
As Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken explains: “Last year, in 2012, I wrote these songs and recorded them in two different kitchens over the course of the two weeks leading up to Christmas. I made them with the intent to mail them to some of my friends and family as a Christmas present. It wound up being a great gift to myself.
“The experience definitely showed me once again that stopping to pay closer attention to what things mean, even seemingly familiar things, always brings an added depth and beauty to life. And always in a surprising way.
“Christmas music can be so playful and fantastical but it can also be very melancholy and foreboding. To me that’s the best. The spirit can guide you to balance and the spirit can be found anywhere you choose to look. In the cartoons and in the cold blood. In the wild imagination and in the strictest tradition. These four songs will ultimately live as that reminder for me and hopefully they serve you in some way too. You, the child of wonder. You, of age and grace. Peace be with ye.”
For more information on Feeding America and how to help, go to: www.feedingamerica.org . To order the EP go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oh-my-christmas-tree-ep/id767992747.