Sweet LGBTQ Christmas song offers hope, holiday cheer
For some in the LGBTQ community, bringing a significant other home to meet the family can be a scary endeavor. We often hear about the challenges, the alienation, the sadness, the rejection.
But what if it does work out?
Singer Loren Smith says that’s a question he asks himself when he needs to quiet the anxious voices in his head.
“Mental health is very, very important to me because it’s something that has been a challenge for myself and a lot of the people that are important to me. It’s so easy in our brains to think about the 76,000 ways it can all blow up in our faces and lead to death and destruction for everyone involved. But just what if it does work out?”
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And that thought was the impetus behind his new holiday song, “Our First Christmas,” co-written by Erik Kertes. Smith is a vocalist, composer and arranger who has worked with everyone from Michael Buble (on the new special “Christmas In The City”) to Jimmy Kimmel.
“Our First Christmas” is “the best case scenario of ‘Hi, I’m going to go meet my partner’s parents and this is going to be a beautiful union.’ There is acceptance. There is love. There’s a place for us at this table. There is a place for who we are and what we represent and it’s not an other and it’s not odd. It’s not uncomfortable. It’s not something that’s tolerated. It’s just love, unconditional. And it’s free.”
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He hopes the song paints a vivid picture, where people can see themselves in it, and share the experience of others.
“Am I the lover that’s trying to keep my lover relaxed and chill because he’s going to meet the family?” he said. “Or am I the nervous lover that’s going to meet the family? Am I the father who doesn’t know who’s going to be on the other side of the door to see my son? Whoever it is, whoever you identify with, I hope that it makes people think differently. And I hope it strikes something in your heart.”
“Our First Christmas” is part of an EP, “Christmas From My Heart To Yours,” which features Smith’s velvet tones on six tracks, including holiday classics.
Smith said COVID-19 propelled the album.
“One of the mantras I really started to claim as my own during the pandemic is ‘Why wait?’ What am I waiting for?”
The album gave him a chance to pay homage to two of his college professors who served as mentors and have since passed away, Al Clifft and Rod Cathey.
Smith used the guide track from his last college Christmas concert while putting together the a cappella arrangement for “No Eye Had Seen,” which also features Drew Tablak.
“Al got to conduct this song,” Smith said. “It’s super awesome to me and really full circle. It’s a song that I learned because he brought it into my world,” so to honor him in that way meant a lot.
“Christmas From My Heart To Yours” is available on all major streaming sites. Follow Smith on social media @sanglorensmith. More information is at sanglorensmith.com.
Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and lifelong New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She highlights arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more through her column, “Sightlines.” Reach out on Twitter: @ilanakeller; [email protected]
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Loren Smith’s LGBTQ Christmas song Our First Christmas offers hope
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