You might expect an artist like Sufjan Stevens to be unaffected by holidays; you know, to be above yuletide, orchestrated merriment and the like. Oh, but Sir Stevens is not so. In addition to releasing a vinyl box set of Christmas songs, Silver & Gold, he's embarking on a cross country Christmas sing-a-long tour.
At the tour's kick-off in Philadelphia, Stevens told the crowd “I know this is probably some weird psychedelic nightmare for some of you, but this is like a dream come true."
So where does the pensive, long-winded singer-songwriter's affinity for Christmas carols come from? From utter disdain, actually. “Ten years ago, when I started recording these Christmas EPs I hated Christmas music," Stevens told the Philadelphia Inquirer
. "It was like an exercise in loving your enemy.”
Stopping at Emo's East on Saturday, December 1
, the Sing-A-Long tour has thus far proven to be a chance for Stevens to goof around on stage, tapping into the (harmless) reckless fun of the holiday season — without the introspection typically required to appreciate his music.