Capturing the magic of Christmas, and how sometimes in life, holding the holiday in your heart year-round can keep you going, Canadian pop artist Alexis Lynn explores that joyous, hope-inducing feeling through her new single “December Dreaming” — available now.
Ethereal and lullaby-like, “December Dreaming” features soft, honeyed vocals over the familiar, comforting sound of Christmas-choir handbells. Like many of the best Christmas songs, it’s beautiful specifically because of its simplicity, and the lyrics take the listener through all the other seasons – the green of Spring in May, the golden glow of summer days, kicking up autumn leaves – with the Christmas spirit burning like a tiny ember.
Because even on the brightest of summer days
No matter the season
I’ll be December dreaming away
In “December Dreaming,” Alexis Lynn wanted to spotlight how sometimes the anticipation of Christmas can be more magical than the day itself. “It begs the thought if the longing is better than the actuality of the holiday,” she says. “I hope when you listen, it brings you all those magical Christmas feelings we feel near the holidays.”
The song is part of a larger meditation on Christmas, and a follow-up to the singer’s previous Christmas song “Christmas Cards” — which is a bit more critical of the winter holiday that can be so fraught for many of us. “With ‘December Dreaming,’ I knew I wanted a soft, dreamy track that juxtaposed my last Christmas song, which points out the flaws of the holiday season and is a call-to-action type song,” Alexis Lynn shares. “I’m very much a person who wants to be aware of social and global issues and do what I can to help, but I also love Christmas and wanted a song to reflect that as well.”
A Top 100 2020 CBC Searchlight finalist, Alexis Lynn broke through in 2019 with her album debut Things Get Good. The First Nations artist from Surrey, British Columbia, has an ambitious year ahead of her: an impressive streak of recent singles has shown off her vocal chops and aesthetic range, running the gamut from the dance music-inflected “Ghosts” (a bare, anthemic contemplation of vulnerability and insecurity) to the club-friendly buoyancy of “Bubble” (a flirtatious trap-pop bop about emotional availability). She wrote and recorded prolifically during the pandemic, and is looking forward to going deeper than ever on her next project — a multifaceted exploration of mental health and its effects on our lives and relationships that promises to be her most personal work yet.
“December Dreaming” is available now.