Christmas Day (Here Comes Santa) – JD Days (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

It was going to happen sooner or later, the first overtly Christmas song of the year, oh, well, that’s the flood gates open, there’s no going back. But at least it comes courtesy of JD Days, someone who you know will tackle such a subject with the right blend of mirth, magic and irreverence, and that is exactly what we get.

As he narrates the events of last minute Christmas shopping, of that last dash that gets you over the line and into the “Christmas stats here” mood, and does so through a series of neat narratives and small scenes and scenarios depicting what the songs characters last ditch and occasionally manic efforts to get their seasonal spirit on. As such it sort of comes of as a tongue-in-cheek take on Subterranean Homesick Blues or Fifteen Feet of Pure White Snow. But Messrs. Dylan and Cave would never let themselves have this much fun with a song, and fun is what it is all about, capturing the joyous nature of the season…well, once you have battled through traffic, had pitched battles in department stores to secure the perfect present, bought a ton of food and decked the house out in all manner of glitz and glitter.

In the same vein as his previous Vote Now, it is built with the perfect sing-along vibe, is infectious, buoyant, brass-fuelled and piano-propelled and like all great songs is totally relatable…we’ve all been there. Haven’t we just? The art of such songs is adopting a mind-set where you take the music seriously but not yourself, of being able to drop the “I’m a musician so I have to act cool” routine and just have fun and get people to laugh along with you. It’s something that JD Days is great at. He’s already proven himself to be a serious and sensitive songwriter through songs such as Angel Woman and the recent Evergreen Christmas but sometimes you just want to party…and Christmas Day (Here Comes Santa) is exactly what you need to get the party started.

Right, let’s finish up these sprouts, pour a mulled wine, open the presents and then settle down to watch The Queen’s Speech.

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