Tears For Fears' Curt Smith to Release Original Holiday Song
Thu, 25 Nov 2010 11:27:27
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Curt Smith, co-founder of '80s rockers Tears For Fears, will release "This Is Christmas," his first original holiday song, on November 29, 2010. Smith is releasing "This Is Christmas" via his KOOK Media label as a standalone single, which will be available in digital format from iTunes, Amazon MP3, and other online retailers. It will also be available as a signed, limited edition CD single, sold only at concerts and via Smith's website.
According to Smith, "This Is Christmas" tells the story "of an adult visiting his parents at Christmas and lamenting how he's always made to feel like a child when he returns home. It culminates in his realization and acceptance that they're family after all, and nothing will (or even should) change that." Fittingly, backing vocalists on the track include Smith's daughters Diva and Wilder, along with Charlton Pettus (Smith's longtime friend and collaborator) and his children Georgica and Harry, Jason Joseph, Simon Steadman, and a chorus comprised of local school children.
"This Is Christmas" will be featured in the December 15 episode of the USA Network series Psych, as well. As it turns out, the fact that it would be used on Psych helped to inspire the song. "I'd been attempting to write a holiday song for years," Smith said. "But always found them a bit trite and forced. I was trying again when Psych's James Roday approached me about licensing a song for the holiday episode of Psych. Once he sent me a clip of the scene he had in mind, it all made sense and the song came together naturally." Apparently, writing a holiday song isn't as easy as one might thing!
Smith will play several Los Angeles-area solo gigs in 2011, along with planned Tears For Fears tours in South America and the U.S. West Coast.
Are you going to watch the December 15 episode of Psych so you can hear "This Is Christmas?"