Last year, the late, great singer Sharon Jones released an animated video for her funky, soul jam, “8 Days (of Hanukkah),” replete with ’70s, School House Rock!-style illustrations from Rich Terrana. (If you haven’t seen or heard it yet, you should. In fact, the entire album, It’s A Holiday Soul Party!, is pretty darn entertaining. Who knew holiday music could be so catchy?)
And now this week, Jones’ team has released a video for another song off the album, “Please Come Home For Christmas.” This time, the video is a stop-motion, claymation film, redolent of the 1964 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer stop-motion TV special, but better quality, of course.
Jones had completed and planned the release of the music video before her death on Nov. 18 of pancreatic cancer. Losing a great musician is always a tough loss, but her death is even more painful considering as how she was one of the few singers out there who made holiday music that didn’t suck or make you want to throw up.