Ah, "White Christmas." Such a nice song. We heard versions by the Pipettes and the Flaming Lips yesterday... why not two more today!? The first comes from the Bright Eyes' 2002 release, A Christmas Album, but rather than Conor Oberst singing, Maria Taylor (of Azure Ray performs the song.) The second comes from Aimee Mann's Christmas album One More Drifter in the Snow, released last year. Both are similar in execution, stripping the song down to its core, with only sparse acoustic guitar accompanying the vocals. However, each has a different feel, the Aimee Mann version more plaintive and longing, while the the Maria Taylor version sounds more innocent and wishful. She is 16 years younger than Aimee, so its not surprising that these two versions sound like they're coming from different places in life. Yet both are undoubtedly beautiful.
Maria Taylor - White Christmas
Aimee Mann - White Christmas
Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album @ Saddle Creek
Aimee Mann - Another Drifter in the Snow @Amazon.com
P.S. Does anyone know any good free mp3 hosting sites? The 500 meg bandwidth limit at filefreak just isn't cutting it...