Each year of “Static Christmas” seems to bring a new character or stylistic theme, and the new special captured at Kamps evokes more recent holiday traditions. While Duncan returned to play an inspired and inspiring version of the Christmas hymn “Go Tell It On the Mountain” with Brianna Gaither
, this year's collection was dominated by late-20th century Christmas pop. Other than “Mountain,” the oldest song performed this year was “Blue Christmas,” which was given a swooning blues reading by Feathered Rabbit
and slide guitarist Moon
. The newest was Mont Lyons
and Alyssa Jackson's
beautifully baroque performance of Sufjan Stevens'
“Christmas Unicorn,” and the set was rounded out by two songs from polar ends of my childhood: Honeylark
and Horse Thief's Cameron Neal
playing “You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and O Fidelis
and The Grown Ups
on “Last Christmas” by Wham!
All these performances, new and old, can be seen at static.newsok.com starting Monday, Dec. 17. I cannot thank videographer/producer Kyle Roberts, producer/organizer Kerry Myers, Kamps owner James Vu, videographer Garett Fisbeck, soundmen Royce Sharp and Michael Clardy and our on-staff sound mixer Todd Fraser for devoting so much time and effort. Most of all, these performers gave up several prime hours on a Saturday to make this year's “Static Christmas” so memorable. I cannot thank you enough for creating this year's soundtrack to my holidays and, hopefully, yours as well.