There might be zero interest in this, but let's see.
Submission Deadline: December 16th
If < 8 submissions, all categories will probably be revealed on a single weeknight of my convenience on the week of the 16th at 8pm EST.
If 8+ submissions, reveals will be split between either two evenings at 8pm or else the first two categories will be revealed around 11am EST. I mean, it's Christmas music. This is about as work friendly as you'll ever get. See poll.
Minimum to run:
I will very likely simplify this and just give everything a +1 score of 1 through however many submissions I receive.
What to submit:
Literal Christmas music, or something distinctly wintry. I'll err on the side of leniency, but please don't send anything too abrasive or trolly. "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" or a death metal rendition of Jingle Bells is probably going to be omitted from the playlist. I want this to be something people can comfortably put on in the background if they wish and go about their business.
1. Something Classic
Pretty straight forward. I want to avoid samples because the pool is relatively small to begin with, but I can say I would prefer classy over country.
2. Something Imaginative
Send something that sparks a feeling of magic. Uh, whatever that is. You can PM me for some samples, but again I don't want to rule out anything across the board.
3. Something Subdued
Instrumentals will generally do well here. The track doesn't necessarily need to be holistically peaceful, though a lot of examples that come to mind are. Just keep it low key, maybe a bit minimalistic.
4. Something Spiritual
Obviously a lot of appropriate submissions for this will be lyrically Christian, but that's not a requirement; I'm certainly not going to judge you either way. But I do want to hear a song that achieves that feeling of making a connection to something bigger than itself. It can be solemn or joyous or any other aesthetic medium you find appropriate. I can be loose with the overarching Christmas theme of the Walrus, but if I'm not feeling some semblance of a connection to it on any level I'll probably mark you down a bit.
This was already subbed by Zack to one of my other walruses, so here's a sample of something I would consider highly spiritual and close enough Christmasy: Sufjan Stevens - The Transfiguration