[pullquote quote="I wanted to capture the feeling we all feel when we celebrate our faiths." credit="Emily Saliers, of the Indigo Girls"]For over 20 years Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have been making thoughtful, beautiful, socially-conscious music together as the [lastfm]Indigo Girls[/lastfm]. They are, without a doubt, true rock icons and today they enjoy a well-deserved popularity and a following of fans untethered to the whims of the pop charts. Click through to enjoy an intimate session with the [lastfm]Indigo Girls[/lastfm], as they drop into our Street Date studio for a special holiday performance of “The Wonder Song,” “Your Holiday Song” and “It Really Is A Wonderful Life” from their new album Holly Happy Days.Surely these two artists have no need to produce a “holiday” album just to please the retail gods. So what impulse drove Ray and Saliers to record their latest album Holly Happy Days? What muse inspired them to honor Christmas, Chanukah and the Pagan winter holidays with a disc full of original tunes? Hit play on the video below to hear how inspiration struck, and how the [lastfm]Indigo Girls[/lastfm] stayed true to themselves and their art in the process.
“Your Holiday Song“
This next tune was originally penned by country artist (and songwriter) [lastfm]Chely Wright[/lastfm]. Ray and Saliers worked with Wright on their version of her song, and have since performed the song together live. Hear what the Girls have to say about their take on this instant-classic.
“It Really Is A Wonderful Life”
According to Amy Ray, this next tune pre-dates the holiday album project, and she was working on it before they conceived of doing a full album. Listen in for their characteristic [lastfm]Indigo Girls[/lastfm] harmonies and chord progressions on this one, which is destined to become a live favorite.
“The Wonder Song”
Here’s the full track listing for Holly Happy Days:1. I Feel The Christmas Spirit 2. It Really Is ( A Wonderful Life) 3. O Holy Night 4. Your Holiday Song 5. I’ll Be Home For Christmas 6. Mistletoe 7. Peace Child 8. The Wonder Song 9. In The Bleak Midwinter 10. Happy Joyous Hanukkah 11. Angels We Have Heard On High 12. There’s Still My Joy
If you like what you hear, check out Holly Happy Days by the [lastfm]Indigo Girls[/lastfm] available now at iTunes and Amazon.