From The Desk Of The Kellys: Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas In Wales”

Whenever Jeff Kelly takes a break from piloting Seattle’s Green Pajamas on their world tour of uncharted psych/pop waters, he likes to collaborate vocally with a woman. Until now that person has been GPJ alternate lead singer Laura Weller in a partnership called Goblin Market. Kelly didn’t have to venture far from the home fires for his most recent female vocal foil. With his wife Susanne as an equal partner, the pair has come up with By Reckless Moonlight (Green Monkey), a little gem that visits places no Jeff Kelly LP has been before. Susanne may insist she’s not really a singer, but her voice knows just the right moves to counterbalance Jeff’s ethereal sound from a previous lifetime. The Kellys will be guest editing all week. Read our recent feature on them.


Susanne: Since I’m not Christian, Christmas is all about red Santy and snowflakes to me, but every year at some point in our celebration we take time out and listen to Dylan Thomas reciting his poem on our old stereo. This epitomizes Christmas for me. Or maybe it just distills winter and celebration. Like listening to an album of music or re-visiting a favorite artist’s work, some different passage always pops out and makes me catch my breath. The past few years whilst listening, I miss watching my father’s face so much.

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