Look – there’s no shame in admitting it: we at ManMade love the holiday season. The lights, the smells, and, most importantly, the sounds. No, not the soft rock mall music or the umpteenth crooner cover filler track, but the good holiday songs. The ones that give you energy, make you feel festive, and happy that it’s December.
And so, in 2015, we’re sharing our ManMade Musical Advent Calendar, where we offer a new favorite holiday song every day, by bands you actually care about.
Thursday, December 17th: “Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) ” by Laura Marling
Laura Marling is a personal favorite who’s been responsible for some seriously amazing songs since she was just seventeen. And she’s been nailing it for the last seven years, releasing four killer albums (check out her latest Once I Was an Eagle).
“Goodbye England” mixes seemlessly inside the sequence of Marling’s 2010 I Speak Because I Can; it’s a winter tune, not a Christmas one. But it works just like “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride” and “Jingle Bells” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”; take place in winter, and it’s gonna start to be associated with December.
Which is fine with me. Every time the track shuffles up on my holiday playlist, I’m happier for it. A truly talented songwriter, regardless of age. Nice work, Laura.