How to listen to Christmas music in 2017
What if the world were singing Christmas songs, and you had the audacity to do it?
That’s exactly what one Texas couple is trying to do.
As the United States is celebrating Christmas Eve, the couple is putting together a new online Christmas playlist that includes a lot of traditional songs from across the world.
“The reason we did this was to bring together music from around the world and to give people a place to come to hear these songs in a way that’s as beautiful as it is authentic,” said Jody Kopp, one of the owners of Loyola-Chicago-based Stitch Music.
“It’s like being on holiday with your family and being able to come back and sing the same songs with your children.”
A small collection of songs are currently available, but Kopp and her husband, Tim Kopp of Houston, plan to add more in the coming months.
“There’s so much music out there, and I think people want to hear this authentic, authentic Christmas music,” she said.
“We want to make sure that people don’t have to go to the store to find this music.
We want to create a Christmas experience that’s very special to all of us.”
Kopp said they’ve started a Facebook page, with the goal of raising $20,000 to bring the collection to fruition.
They hope to debut the music on the platform sometime in January.
“I’m really excited to be able to show these songs to people around the country, and to bring this Christmas music to the world,” she added.
“When I first saw these songs on Facebook, I thought ‘oh my gosh, this is awesome,'” she said, adding that she has “a lot of songs I’ve never heard before that I’m so excited about.”
The Loyolas’ Christmas playlist includes songs from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Scandinavia.
“Christmas is such a special time in the world, and we think it’s important to create something that really reflects that,” she told ABC News.
“That’s why I’m going to put my heart and soul into it and try to make it as authentic as possible.”
The couple plans to put together the playlist through a crowdfunding campaign, with their goal being $20 million.
“If we hit our goal, we will release this playlist online and we will make it available to the general public, but it will be free to download, and people will be able listen to it without paying for it,” Kopp said.
The Loxas have been putting out the music in their home, with Tim Kinkus adding that they also have plans to expand the playlist to the Loyolas’ neighborhood.
“Our goal is to make a Christmas music experience where people can come to the house, have a good time, and sing along to Christmas songs with their kids,” he said.