Even after the holidays, Christmas at 7222, Vol. 2 is still in your rotation, and I love that, seriously – thank you. Turns out, my Big Bro and Mentor Substantial was moved by one of the songs from the project and, uh…we made a REMIX!
Click on any of the links above to hear the track or purchase it for your own personal collection. You can also click on the hyperlink below so you can pre-save the song for Spotify, because it will be released there and several other major platforms next week.
First off…MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL! I love you guys, seriously.
Secondly, thank you to all the wonderful folks that blessed my season by showing tremendous love and spreading the word about my latest release Christmas at 7222, Vol. 2. Because of you, other places around the world are getting to know me and my music, so I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.
“Thankful” is a deeply personal song about my relationship with my late cousin, A. Michael Martin, who passed during the early days of COVID-19 in New York. The song begins with the last voice message he ever left on my phone, and the last time I ever heard his voice. From there, I talk about how I was upset with him for a time, only to reunite with him in celebration, not knowing that 3 weeks later he would be gone. I’m sure many of you have similar stories with loved that passed, from COVID-19 or otherwise, so this song is for you. Be thankful that you were able to see them smile one last time.
“Hymnal for the Lamented” is a song dedicated to all the beautiful people we lost this year. I thought about my childhood and how I used to go caroling with my school buddies in Maryland, and how that simple act brought comfort not only to the people that were listening, but to the performers, as well. That is the feeling I want you all to feel as you’re listening to this song – comfort knowing that your loved ones are at peace.
You can listen to these songs by clicking on the videos above. Add them to your playlists and spread the word. These songs are also available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube.
Once again, Happy Holidays and One Love, from yours truly…
This follow-up to 2019’s holiday EP, Christmas at 7222, Vol. 1, continues the goal of creating new holiday originals with a hint of nostalgia. However, Vol. 2 takes a slight detour, tackling some issues that affected us in 2020, and still affect many of us throughout this holiday season. Mental heath, relationship challenges, and the ever-looming presence of mortality and how precious it is, are the main themes addressed on this album. Through it all, hope still springs eternal, and that is the defining theme of this album, and every holiday season.
If you missed the live show interview with me on The Bad Filipinowith Myki Angeline, fret not, the replay is now available on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch, for your viewing pleasure.
I had such a fantastic time talking with Myki about things like my music, my life during the shutdown, and my queer little childhood (while my mother and brother were watching live! 😬). If you didn’t know much about me before, you’ll know A LOT more about me after this interview – trust me.
You can watch the full interview above, and also, please be sure to leave a comment below letting me know what you thought of it.
This Friday, September 18, at 5pm EDT/2pm PST, I will be the special guest on The Bad Filipino Live Show and Podcast, with Myki Angeline serving as host to this awesome event. Myki and I have been corresponding with each other for quite some time, and when she launched her new podcast most recently, she invited me to be on and I happily accepted.
This show will be LIVE on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch, so you have the option of choosing which platform you’d like to watch the episode from. Feel free to join the conversation by asking questions in the chat that we will be answering during the interview. Be sure to click on the links above to set your reminders. See you there!