Maxwell & Thain, a singer-songwriter duo from Langley, released a holiday song this year that’s unlike most others.
The latest song titled “Paint This Christmas Blue,” isn’t holly, jolly, merry or bright.
It’s a “heartbreakingly beautiful” arrangement, according to Laurie Thain, who wrote the song with pianist/composer, Jim Hodgkinson, and sings it with Gord Maxwell, who wrote the arrangement.
“Paint This Christmas Blue came about as a result of something that happened to me years ago. I was in a relationship and the fellow I was seeing chose to end our relationship right before Christmas. I was shattered and I have never really forgotten what a devastating experience it was to find myself alone all of a sudden at Christmas,” explained Thain.
Thain said listeners will “appreciate the honesty” of the song, as many people have spent Christmas alone.
“Heartbreak happens regardless of whether Christmas is supposed to be full of joy or not. This is one of the most beautiful songs that I have worked on and I am so proud of this song. I am sure our audience will appreciate the pure musicality and heart breaking beauty of the melody and arrangement of this song.”
Thain explained her vocals lead the song, and Maxwell’s vocals lay behind hers as if “the angels have shown up to sing.”
And while many holiday tunes may have upbeat story lines and happy endings, “Paint This Christmas Blue,” has no cheery resolution.
“We wrote it for people who don’t always get that big happy ending in their relationships. It hurts and this song embraces those who feel that pain,” added Thain.
Despite the song playing on the emotions of a broken romantic relationship, Thain explained it can also resonate with those who have lost family members or close friends.
“We all have to face the fact that there will be some Christmases where our loved ones won’t be present.”
“Paint This Christmas Blue” is part of a 2019 Christmas album that Maxwell & Thain plan to release next year.