For those who celebrate Christmas, and those subject to its mass commercialization, carols flood the airwaves on every radio station and in every store. Back in the day when I use to work at Barnes & Noble, I would dread the day after Thanksgiving. Yes, it was the hell hole known as Black Friday, but it was also the start of constant Christmas carols being played overhead. They’d repeat so much that it would eventually turn into white noise… until a new CD was put into the system, and then the torture would begin all over again. And this isn’t to say I don’t like Christmas carols, I do. But please save me from hearing them everywhere.
However, as I was cruising the interwebs this morning, I came across some carols with a minor twist. Chase Holfeder is a singer on YouTube who in addition to his own work, offers covers of various songs, and most interestingly, minor covers of major key songs. I actually first heard his minor key Star Spangled Banner just after he started his channel and was immediately entranced. I played the clarinet in middle and high school… very badly, and i never had any interest (or talent) in music theory, so I had no idea that changing the key of a song would have such an effect. But boy does it, especially when applied to normally cheery Christmas songs.
Collaborating with fellow YouTuber Kurt Hugo Schneider, Chase has given us a creepy All I Want From Christmas Is You that is equal parts melancholy as it is rocking.
Last year he covered Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in an equally creeptastic fashion, and it’s just begging to be used for a horror Christmas film. Those things exist, yeah?
You can check out more of Chase’s work on his YouTube Channel .