An early Christmas gift arrived today in the form of Sofia Talvik's annual free Christmas single. Longtime readers of this blog will likely recognize the name, as I posted about her last two Christmas singles on Christmas Day last year. I enjoyed those songs enough to check out more of her music early in the year, and I've continued to keep up with her by following her on Twitter and on her website. This Christmas single is something I have been looking forward to for a long time now, and it does not disappoint.
"Snowy White River" is a pretty little song, with the minimal instrumental backing allowing Sofia's multi-layered vocals to really shine. I'm not entirely sure what the song is meant to be about, but I get a bittersweet feeling from listening to it; to me, it seems to speak about how a lack of faith can cause us to lose our way. One of the things I really like about Sofia's music is that it is often very deep and can be interpreted in many ways, and I think this one is no different. Indeed, this is not the kind of lighthearted fare that one normally associates with Christmas music; I'm sure I will still be thinking about this one long after it finishes playing. IF it ever finishes playing, that is - I am finding it to be stunningly beautiful and have had it on repeat for quite some time now. I think Sofia has really tapped into something incredible here.
If you're interested, you can also download free sheet music for the song in PDF format. Please share your thoughts about the song in the comments - I always love to read comments about my posts, but I would especially welcome anyone's interpretation of this song. Happy listening!
http://music.sofiatalvik.com/track/snowy-white-river (new single)
http://www.sofiatalvik.com/?YZXetRrc (sheet music)