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I didn’t listen to Standard Fare because of their name. Seriously, I’m that stupid. Emma Kupa, who writes and sings for Standard Fare is a truly ferocious talent. She has a completely natural musicality about everything she does and, like all the best singers, is completely unaware of the oddness that makes her unique. I can’t think of anyone that sound like her and that’s the biggest compliment I can pay anyone these days. – Darren

Here’s Emma on her song. – This is the second or third time I’ve been asked to write a Christmas-themed song, and having succumbed the last few years, I didn’t want to write another song about Christmas or snow. I’m Jewish and this year Channuka coincides with Christmas, so that gave me an opportunity to sing about something different. The story goes that a flame in the temple lasted 8 days which was a miracle because they only had oil for one day. So I wanted to take this message (which is easily as good as how great some baby boy is!) and transfer it to the current political and economic situation. It feels like all hope is gone, but maybe we can keep the flame burning! – Emma Kupa

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from Darren Hayman & Fika Recordings advent calendar, released January 12, 2011

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Fika Recordings is a DIY indiepop vinyl and cassette label.

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