Jon McDevitt

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Having achieved minor success with his former band, Geist, and also having written the theme tune to Channel 5’s ‘A Different Life’, Jon McDevitt is now pursuing his own path in the music industry with his alternative take on a festive anthem, ‘Father Christmas’.

Whilst we often get fed up of the same old Christmas songs every year, appearing on the radio earlier and earlier it seems, Jon McDevitt is bringing something new to the table and it might just turn out to be your new favourite festive tune.

Yes, there are jingling bells during the chorus, as you would expect from any Christmas song, but on the whole, McDevitt’s style is much more refreshing and original taking on a unequivocally folky vibe. Simple strummed chords combine with a wandering electric guitar melody and an emotive string section to give the song a definite wintery-warmth, whilst the fiddle break half way through conjures images of festive dance-inducing get togethers.

Lyrically, ‘Father Christmas’ attempts to address the real meaning of Christmas by highlighting what most people get lost in during the festive period. McDevitt sings ‘The list of desires shouted so loud, The flexing of the muscle‘ quite clearly referencing how commercialised Christmas has become. However, Mcdevitt is keen to leave the meaning of the song up to listener’s interpretations.

Perhaps the best thing about ‘Father Christmas’ is how it avoids the cliche of the typical Christmas song but really making people think about its meaning and thus helping them understand what Christmas is truly about. In my opinion, the best art is the art that invokes thoughtful consideration and so Jon McDevitt’s ‘Father Christmas’ is a must listen this for this year’s festive period.

 

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Musician and composer, Jon McDevitt, is no stranger to the music industry and his latest project comes in the form of a Christmas song, but not like you’ve heard before.

We’re all well accustomed to bell-jingling, snow-frolicking Christmas songs about presents and sleigh rides, but Jon McDevitt has offered a refreshingly alternative take on what we normally hear on the radio by the end of November.

The intro to ‘Father Christmas’ has a definite folk-rock, americana feel to it with a sound not dissimilar to the likes of Travis or The Coral. Consequently, you wouldn’t know it was a Christmas song until McDevitt starts singing.

That’s one more thing that makes ‘Father Christmas’ a unique festive anthem: the lyrics. McDevitt sings ‘I’m Father Christmas, I’ll have a whiskey, I’m Father Christmas, will you miss me?’ proving that this is no ordinary Christmas song.

According to McDevitt and co-writer, Dominic Hudson, the song has a number of possible readings, it is not just a surface value Christmas jingle. Supposedly, the song addresses the issue of Christmas being unfortunately over-commercialised and how the wonder of Father Christmas has seemingly been lost. Despite this, as to the how and why, it is up to the listener to contemplate and decide for themselves.

The fact that ‘Father Christmas’ has alternative readings promotes meaningful musings on the true significance of Christmas, rather than just the glossy front-page image painted by conventional Christmas songs.

Overall, if you’re fed up of the same Christmas playlist every year, then perhaps throw Jon McDevitt’s ‘Father Christmas’ in to the mix for something wholly more original and honest.