Impact Music’s Advent Calendar Playlist #1: John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir – ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’

Festive tidings to thee, we come bearing a Christmas playlist, one for every day of December in the lead-up to Christmas. Think of it as a musical advent calendar (as the title suggests).

For the inaugural entry we felt there was no finer way to start the festivities than with John Lennon’s mournfully sweet ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over). Lennon brought the same feelings of happiness and goodwill which permeate most Christmas songs without coming across as cheesy or nauseating. On top of which he added his own brand of peaceful protest and did so again without being preachy or condescending.

It’s a fitting testament to the man & we think the perfect start to the Holiday Season.

Ben James


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