For several years, I’ve followed the career of Swedish-born singer-songwriter Sofia Talvik – and if you’ve been following my writing, you know that over the last couple of years, she generously shares a new holiday season track. This year’s new single is called “A Memory of Snow”, and if you have been taking part of this now-yearly tradition, you’ll be surprised that it’s not her normal “dark-themed” Christmas song about someone dying or kids getting robbed of their dreams at Christmas. Instead it’s a sweet and soothing tale of lost love and memories of a snow covered Copenhagen; a story told in both English and Swedish. Though not entirely auto autobiographical, Ms. Talvik spent the winter of 1998 in Copenhagen, studying art at a local college. It was, indeed, a snowy winter, but the rest could’ve been anyone’s story.
As Sofia says, “that’s what I like about writing my Christmas songs – they’re more detached from my personal life than my other songs, so I feel like I have more freedom to create a fable, in a way.”
On the road promoting her critically acclaimed new album, Paws Of A Bear, in early 2020, the pandemic happened and cut her tour short – including an official showcase at SXSW. Sofia immediately went on to the online concert platform, performing for her audience through Facebook and YouTube. She was soon being invited to perform at many online festivals in Europe and the U.S. and during the summer of 2020 she released an unplugged version of Paws Of A Bear, featuring two previously unreleased tracks.
A year and a half later, she’s getting back on the road in Europe, and doing a month-long Christmas tour in Germany, where she’ll be performing a variety of her own Christmas songs. Her full-length, original Christmas album, When Winter Comes, was released in 2017 – and you can bet “A Memory of Snow” will definitely be part of the repertoire.
“A Memory of Snow” is available on all platforms as of November 24th, 2021.