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Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis and Tamaryn Release Free Christmas Download For Charity


12/18/2008
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(PR) This holiday season, the ghosts of alt-rock Christmas bring a special re-release from Secret Machines' front man Brandon Curtis, featuring vocalist Tamaryn, whose solemn adaptation of the relentlessly familiar 1818 German Christmas classic "Silent Night" evokes the darker side of human nature in its quest to rekindle compassion for mankind. The digital-only offering will be available from the Secret Machines' website as a free download, with the option to make a donation to the childrens' charity, Safe Horizon, which will receive 100% of the proceeds.

"We originally released it in 2006 as a little Christmas gift of our own, on MySpace. Tamaryn and I were both performing in New York at the time, and we were looking for an opportunity to work together on some music. It was December and we were confined by the cold, confined by the holidays, and confined by our own disillusionment. It started with this story which Tamaryn had written," explains Curtis. A pastor looks down from a hill and meditates on a peaceful blanket of snow. From beyond the heavens he hears the sound of angels singing; a leader is born in silence, no fireworks or roaring crowds a child of sovereign blood first hears. Everything quiet, calm and otherworldly, the angels continue to sing, their romantic illuminations so powerful that one trembles upon seeing them and recognizes the dawn of grace.

The story behind the song's inspiration gives way to the importance of giving back to those in need during these trying times. The song is being offered free of charge, or with the option to make a goodwill donation to Safe Horizon, a New York-based charity that assists victims of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. "Silent Night is the song of an angelic yearning for the perfection of pure love. To sing it is to join in the universal hope that it exists," continues Tamaryn. "It's a really pretty image Utopian for sure but isn't that what it's all about?" adds Brandon. - To download the song and donate to Safe Horizon go here.



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