Christmas Song for a Great Cause

We recorded an original Christmas song called “It’s Christmas and I Like You” and have decided to donate all the money we make from it this Christmastime to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). We aren’t experts on this global crisis but we know enough to feel like it was important for us to help as much as we can right now. We recognize we don’t yet have the reach to dramatically impact the funding needs of an organization like the UNHCR but with your help we are optimistic we can raise a meaningful amount. Although it depends on the specific store (Spotify, iTunes, etc.), we generally get about 70% of every download/stream of a song. To help put that in perspective you might consider that we can expect roughly $1.00 for every 200 streams on a site like Spotify. That might not seem like much but even if we get about 500,000 streams (half the number of our most popular track on Spotify) then that would mean that the amount of money you’ve helped raise could provide clothing, blankets, and warming stoves to keep 20 families warm this winter. Reaching 500,000 streams in just two weeks is certainly possible but will require your help – please join with us in helping these families, if even in this small way, simply by listening to the track, adding it to your playlists, and sharing it with your friends and family. Included below is an official audio video made by Caitlyn Cutler (she also designed the single artwork – all for free to help the cause). The video can be a great way to spread the word to your friends and family about the track but we ask that you consider...

Somewhere in the Music

This video was created as a strange sort of surprise Christmas gift for the band back in 2013. I wrote the narration as part of a creative nonfiction workshop for my MFA program and then worked with my sister, Caitlyn, on turning that writing into a video. What we ended up with was, “Somewhere in the Music.” Caitlyn and I kept the video essay a secret for a little while, showing it for the first time at our first ever band Christmas party (which has now become a serious tradition). That was just months after the release of Young – the band’s debut album. Young had done well so we were all really excited and very optimistic about the future. Looking back now I realize how little we understood about the process of “making it” as a band. I guess we knew enough to keep moving though because we’ve come a long way in the last few years and we are still excited and optimistic about the future. That isn’t to say that I feel like we’ve “made it” because we still have a long way to go. And truthfully I still have a lot more questions than answers. I doubt that will ever change and I’m okay with that. I think if I were ever to get to a point that I felt like I had it all figured out then all the life/energy would go out of it and I’d probably start looking for other ways to spend my time. The last thing I’ll mention is that after re-watching this for the first time in years I am reminded, and still blown away, by how many people jumped in and helped the ball get rolling for...