Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain are recording a Christmas album for next season. Courtesy Dee Lippingwell

Gord Maxwell and Laurie Thain are recording a Christmas album for next season. Courtesy Dee Lippingwell

Langley duo releases “heartbreaking” holiday song

Maxwell & Thain sing about spending Christmas alone in their latest single.

Maxwell & Thain, a singer-songwriter duo from Langley, released a holiday song this year that’s unlike most others.

The latest song titled “Paint This Christmas Blue,” isn’t holly, jolly, merry or bright.

It’s a “heartbreakingly beautiful” arrangement, according to Laurie Thain, who wrote the song with pianist/composer, Jim Hodgkinson, and sings it with Gord Maxwell, who wrote the arrangement.

“Paint This Christmas Blue came about as a result of something that happened to me years ago. I was in a relationship and the fellow I was seeing chose to end our relationship right before Christmas. I was shattered and I have never really forgotten what a devastating experience it was to find myself alone all of a sudden at Christmas,” explained Thain.

Thain said listeners will “appreciate the honesty” of the song, as many people have spent Christmas alone.

“Heartbreak happens regardless of whether Christmas is supposed to be full of joy or not. This is one of the most beautiful songs that I have worked on and I am so proud of this song. I am sure our audience will appreciate the pure musicality and heart breaking beauty of the melody and arrangement of this song.”

Thain explained her vocals lead the song, and Maxwell’s vocals lay behind hers as if “the angels have shown up to sing.”

And while many holiday tunes may have upbeat story lines and happy endings, Paint This Christmas Blue,” has no cheery resolution.

“We wrote it for people who don’t always get that big happy ending in their relationships. It hurts and this song embraces those who feel that pain,” added Thain.

Despite the song playing on the emotions of a broken romantic relationship, Thain explained it can also resonate with those who have lost family members or close friends.

“We all have to face the fact that there will be some Christmases where our loved ones won’t be present.”

“Paint This Christmas Blue” is part of a 2019 Christmas album that Maxwell & Thain plan to release next year.

To learn more about Maxwell and Thain visit: www.maxwellandthain.com, and to purchase “Paint This Christmas Blue,” visit: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/maxwellthain

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Black Press Media files)
Snowfall expected for Lower Mainland on Saturday night, Sunday morning

2 to 5 cm of snow predicted Metro Vancouver, according to Environment Canada

Police were called to the scene of 198A Street and 81st Avenue on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Curtis Kreklau/Special to Black Press Media)
VIDEO: Possible shots fired on Langley/Surrey border Thursday evening

Police had one vehicle towed and gathered evidence at the scene

Snow is forecasted to appear in parts of Metro Vancouver this weekend. (Black Press Media files)
WEATHER: Flurries in the forecast for Sunday

Langley could see snow throughout the week starting Jan. 23

Agates like these are up for auction on Jan. 27 at Aldergrove’s Able Auctions site. (Able Auctions/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Gems and geodes up for auction in Aldergrove

The auction has everything from diamonds to amber

Flip City’s Elise Van Harmelen at the 2017 Langley Invitational at the Langley Events Centre. Flip City is one of 11 local sports groups getting COVID relief funding. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley sports clubs get COVID relief funding

The province is giving cash to groups hit hard by shutdowns

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Disgraced Kelowna social worker faces another class-action lawsuit

Zackary Alphonse claims he was not informed of resources available to him upon leaving government care

Fire on Yale Road north of the overpass Friday morning. (Progress file)
Early morning blaze guts Chilliwack restaurant

The fire erupted north of the overpass closing one lane of Yale Road

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Most Read