It’s easy to overlook, or even ignore, the music of Erik Satie. That was, in fact, the point of the minimalist serenity of his Gymnopédies. They’re dreamy, they convey melancholy. Perfect for the advent of the holiday season.
You can find a complete collection of Satie’s Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes on Free-scores.com.
They’re all quite short. So go the distance in a performance (or recording) by doubling the melody on glockenspiel or celeste. Add a simple beat on a Cajon box drum, and trade acoustic guitars for electric with boosted reverb and low frequency equalization.