In the spirit of the season, Rolling Stone invited a series of artists to cover their favorite holiday song. Our “Holiday Playlist” series kicks off with Coheed and Cambria‘s Claudio Sanchez, offering his stirring rendition of “White Christmas” — the perfect companion to his “Hello” cover — with help from his wife, Chondra, and Coheed guitarist Travis Stever. Watch the performance above, check out more exclusive covers on our YouTube playlist below and read on for Sanchez’ thoughts on the holidays.
What song did you chose to perform and why? Any special meaning for you?
“White Christmas” . . . Not sure why, maybe because God isn’t mentioned. No special meaning. I do, however, enjoy when it snows on the holiday or around the holidays.
What’s your favorite part of the holidays?
My favorite part is the time spent off with my family and friends; the weather and lights.
What are your plans for this holiday season?
I’d like to spend time at home. Now that my family is just beginning, I want to start creating some of my own holiday traditions, I guess.
What’s your favorite dish to eat or to make during the holidays?
My favorite is stuffing — bring on the carbs!
Favorite movie that came out this past year?
Favorite movie: Ex Machina and probably Star Wars.
Best moment(s) of 2015?
My son’s first birthday, nothing specific, just that I was there — celebrating my son’s first.
What are you most grateful for?
My son, Atlas, and my wife, Chondra. They help give my life new meaning, and I love them.
What are you looking forward to in 2016?
I am looking forward to attaining the goals I’ve set in place for myself, or at least working towards them.
What’s on your holiday wish list?
I am wishing that everyone I love is okay, and with me.
Favorite music to listen to during the holiday season?
Anything related to the holidays
Naughty or nice?
“Or” — he’s a character I’m conjuring up for a new concept I’m working on.
Any New Year’s resolutions?
To find something new and unpredictable about myself, to break out of the loop.