JMR - Silent Night

Not to play favorites (although we LOVE to play favorites here at We Are: The Guard, that’s what you come here for!) but “Silent Night” might be the most beautiful Christmas song of all. The serene lyrics and ethereal vocal melodies capture the stillness of late December - the air a vacuum of potentiality, threatening to give way to flurries any second. It also captures the promise of warmth, with the Yule log burning against the darkness replicating baby Jesus, snug and secure in the manger.



You don’t have to be Christian to be moved by “Silent Night.” JMR might have turned in the most secular “Silent Night” of them all, while still encapsulating the holy loveliness of the original. The requisite vocal harmonies stick to the source material, which is given a futuristic sheen with dubstep sub-bass wobbles, a chilled head-nodding hip-hop beat, slowly giving way to an orchestral finale, with swooning, sweeping violins and delicately picked guitar arpeggios.

JMR’s “Silent Night” could make a believer out of the most stone-hearted atheist out there. It couldn’t come sooner. “Silent Night” is essentially a message of hope in the face of darkness. Whether you feel those radiant rays may come from a beneficent creator, the kindness of strangers, or emanating from a black hole, it matters not. It’s time to come together, put aside our differences and petty squabbles, and focus on Peace On Earth and goodwill towards everyone.

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J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.