but why not make a donation to Safe Horizon while you’re at it.
By Blurt Staff
This holiday season, the ghosts of alt-rock Christmas
bring a special re-release from Secret Machines’ front man Brandon Curtis,
featuring vocalist Tamaryn, whose solemn adaptation of the relentlessly
familiar 1818 German Christmas classic “Silent Night” evokes the
darker side of human nature in its quest to rekindle compassion for mankind.
The digital-only offering will be available from the Secret Machines’ website
as a free download, with the option to make a donation to the childrens’
charity, Safe Horizon, which will receive 100% of the proceeds.
“We originally released it in 2006 as a little
Christmas gift of our own, on MySpace. Tamaryn and I were both performing in New York at the time,
and we were looking for an opportunity to work together on some music. It was
December and we were confined by the cold, confined by the holidays, and
confined by our own disillusionment. It started with this story which Tamaryn
had written,” explains Curtis. A pastor looks down from a hill and
meditates on a peaceful blanket of snow. From beyond the heavens he hears the
sound of angels singing; a leader is born in silence, no fireworks or roaring
crowds a child of sovereign blood first hears. Everything quiet, calm and
otherworldly, the angels continue to sing, their romantic illuminations so
powerful that one trembles upon seeing them and recognizes the dawn of grace.
The story behind the song’s inspiration gives way to
the importance of giving back to those in need during these trying times. The
song is being offered free of charge, or with the option to make a goodwill
donation to Safe Horizon, a New York-based charity that assists victims of
abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. “Silent Night is the song of an
angelic yearning for the perfection of pure love. To sing it is to join in the
universal hope that it exists,” continues Tamaryn. “It’s a really
pretty image – Utopian for sure – but isn’t that what it’s all about?”
adds Brandon. (Tamaryn
is a vocalist living between New York and San Francisco. Her EP Led Astray, Washed Ashore is being
released by Troubleman Unlimited this spring.)
To download the song and
donate to Safe Horizon, visit www.thesecretmachines.com.