Reimagining a Christmas Classic

Reimagining a Christmas Classic

After the tragic passing of Summer Serafin, their fellow band member and Michael’s sweetheart, Michael Serafin-Wells and Jason Sutherland have continued to create music to express and ease their grief, and to slowly move forward into healing.

Recently, Michael and Jason sent us a touching note about how On Being has played a part in easing their mending. We’re so glad that they have been able to find some comfort in the wisdom and joy we endeavor to capture. Now, we’re grateful to have and share Bipolar Explorer’s creative reimagining of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” The smooth, repetitive waves of sound and familiar lyrics gently lull the listener into a place of contemplation and reflection, perfect for these days of anticipation as Christmas draws closer.

“Emmanuel” is featured on Bipolar Explorer’s Christmas album, BPXmas, available to stream in its entirety on Bandcamp. Our thanks to Michael, Jason, and Summer for warming our spirits during this holiday season. We wish them peace and healing, and may their music bring the same to you.

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grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied at New York University — where she picked up a degree in Media, Culture, and Communications, and a passion for media in the public service, in exchange for her ability to walk slowly. A voracious consumer of podcasts, she joined the team at On Being to fulfill her dream of contributing to the kind of enlightening programming that has captivated her as a listener during so many long city strolls.
Previously, Marie explored various avenues of media production — including television and documentary production, newspaper editing, and even a bit of pharmaceutical technical writing. Her other obsessions include language, British comedy, large-breed dogs, documenting poignant and humorous moments that she encounters from day to day, and winning huge amounts of imaginary money while playing Jeopardy! over dinner.

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