A Hear and Now Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020

Host Derk Richardson pre-recorded two hours of music as a soundtrack for Christmas Eve. Whether or not you celebrate the holiday–perhaps you’re just grateful for the gradual return of the light following the winter solstice–you might find some fun, some compassion, some solace, and some beauty in this playlist:


Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum – Christmas Time’s A-Comin’, Winter’s Grace

Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers – Strangest Christmas Yet (2017)

Jerry Jeff Walker – I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Christmas Gonzo Style

Los Lobos – Christmas and You, Llegó Navidad (2019)

Calexico – Peace of Mind, Seasonal Shift

Count Basie Orchestra – Good Swing Wenceslas

Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang – What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’?)

Les Brown and His Band of Renown – The Nutcracker Suite, Christmas Cocktails

Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Aimee Mann – Whatever Happened to Christmas, One More Drifter in the Snow

Phoebe Bridgers – Christmas Song

Chilly Gonzales – The Banister Bough (featuring Feist), A Very Chilly Christmas

John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Simon & Garfunkel – 7 O’clock News: Silent Night


Sean Smith – Christmas Eve (Improvisation II) [guitar instrumental], Christmas

John Fahey and Richard Ruskin – Carol of the Bells [guitar duet instrumental]

John Zorn’s Dreamers – Christmas Time Is Here, A Dreamers Christmas

Kitka – Domnulet Si Domn Din Cer, Wintersongs

Mike Marshall – We Three Kings [guitar instrumental], Midnight Clear

Jim Campilongo – It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Almost Christmas

Carla Bley (with Steve Swallow and the Partyka Brass Quintet) – O Holy Night / Jesus Maria, Carla’s Christmas Carols

Barbara Higbie (piano) with Mia Pixley (cello) – Made It Through, Resonance

Kathryn Stott (piano) & Yo-Yo Ma (cello) – Goin’ Home, Songs of Comfort and Hope

John Zorn’s Dreamers – Snowfall, A Dreamers Christmas

Chilly Gonzales – Snow Is Falling in Manhattan (featuring Jarvis Cocker and Feist), A Very Chilly Christmas