Secret Machines’ Silent Night
Secret Machines’ frontman Brandon Curtis is offering his cover of Silent Night for free. A few years ago, Curtis recorded a cover of the standard with vocalist Tamaryn that is said to evoke the darker side of human nature in its quest to rekindle compassion for mankind. The digital-only offering is 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, Curtis says. 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. 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.