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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Light Those Candles Bright” by Amanda Duncan

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Amanda Duncan is a singer-songwriter with a swinging style and clever lyrics who’s been playing in the area since 2009. This year she was a finalist in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, and this 12 Days of Local Christmas, she shares the song “Light Those Candles Bright,” a track from her 2011 EP Amanda Duncan’s Holiday Classics. Download it below, and watch a short making-of-the-song documentary.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Holiday Song” by Amos Lee

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Amos Lee | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

The XPN Local 12 Days of Christmas continues today with a holiday strummer with hometown hero Amos Lee, who recently headlined The Tower Theater. Lee is currently on the road in support of his 2013 offering, Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, but this tune dates back to 2009, when Amos offered it as an exclusive download to his Facebook fans. It’s a solitary and soulful acoustic guitar song that would sound just right by a warm fireplace, as Lee belts out a simple, powerful message: “Peace starts with me.” Get a download below, and watch Amos perform it at the Buell Theater in Denver in December of 2009,

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Christmas on the Block” by Larry Saklad

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It’s time once again for WXPN’s annual 12 Days Of Local Christmas, our holiday gift of song from artists in the local music scene. XPN mid-day and Philly Local host Helen Leicht reached out to a number of local musicians to write original holiday songs. Each weekday through Christmas we’ll be offering these songs to you for free, compliments of the bands to download. We’ll play them on WXPN for our My Morning Download feature with XPN’s Morning Show host Michaela Majoun in the 9AM ET hour and on Helen’s Philly Local pick of the day in the 1PM ET hour. Some of this year’s artists include Amos Lee, Creem Circus, Dana Alexandra and Lily Mae.

Today, we start the 12 Days with 1980s Philly scene vet Larry Saklad doing a rendition of “Christmas on the Block,” a 1983 single from Alan Mann and the Free Arts Band. Saklad was Mann’s piano player, and is involved in a 30th anniversary tribute to the single happening at The Legendary Dobbs on December 22nd. Download the song and watch the original 1983 music video below.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas Bonus Stocking Stuffer: download “Fires and Footsteps” by The Districts

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Wrapping up this year’s Twelve Days of Philly Local Christmas with one more bonus stocking stuffer mp3, it’s one of our favorite Central Pennsylvania discoveries of the year: The Districts. This fall the Lancaster County band recorded “Fires and Footsteps,” a nostalgic rock and roll up a snow-covered country lane during the holiday season. Turn up your speakers and download the track below; for the entire compilation, head here. And have a great holiday.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas Bonus Stocking Stuffer: download “Christmas Has Changed” by The Fractals

For today’s Twelve Days of Christmas bonus stocking stuffer, we’ve got a tune from The Fractals called “Christmas Has Changed.” This was performed by the band on the fourth annual WXPN Home for the Holidays special, which also included songs from York Street Hustle, High Kick, Modern Inventors and more. Download the song below, and tune in to 88.5 FM in Philadelphia or XPN.org anywhere to hear the special rebroadcast today at 10 a.m. and tomorrow at 5 p.m.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas Bonus Stocking Stuffer: download “Goodnight Moon” by City Rain

The WXPN Local Twelve Days of Christmas might have wrapped up as of Friday, but we have a few more bonus stocking stuffers up our sleeves to carry you through to Christmas Day. Today, we’ve got a track submitted by City Rain called “Goodnight Moon.” While not overtly holiday-specific, the warm tones and gentle beat of “Goodnight Moon” seem as an appropriate fit as any for this time of year. Besides, it’s named for a children’s book a few of us might have gotten wrapped up under the tree at some point in out lives, right? Download it below.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “It Feels Like Christmas” by Ginger Coyle

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WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues (and actually ends) today with our 12th and final song in the series called “It Feels Like Christmas” by singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle. Coyle, originally from South Jersey, released her most recent collection of songs called Homeward Bound last May. She has several upcoming shows including one tomorrow night at the Library 2 in Voorhees, New Jersey and a show at World Cafe Live on January 17th. The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here.

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