Bob Dylan’s Christmas album out now

Christmas in the Heart is, indeed, a Christmas album from Bob Dylan. None of the 15 songs on it are written by him. They’re well-known standards from the ’40s and ’50s, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Here Comes Santa Claus”, “Winter Wonderland”, and proper hymns like “The First Noel”, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.

It sounds bizarre. Aren’t Christmas albums typically made by the washed-upas desperate cash grabs?

In fact, he’s doing this for a good cause. All the royalties from record sales will go to various hunger charities worldwide. Here in the UK proceeds will support Crisis. In the US, the money will go to Feeding America. Frombobdylan.com:

During this holiday season, Bob Dylan’s immediate donations from the Christmas In The Heart proceeds will provide 500,000 meals to school children in the developing world through the World Food Programme, 15,000 meals to homeless people in the United Kingdom through Crisis and more than 4 million meals to 1.4 million families in America through Feeding America.

It’s a bit wacky, but it’s doing something good. And – as any listener of Bob’s radio show will know – he’s always been a fan of the niches of traditional popular music that the more cynical sometimes label cheesy.

Have a little preview.

EDIT: I’ve just noticed that the embedded YouTube of the song previews just above this may not show up properly in some versions Internet Explorer. If that’s the case: get a real browser.