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Lonely Man of Winter

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Sufjan Stevens: Lonely Man of Winter

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In 2007, Sufjan Stevens wrote and recorded "Lonely Man of Winter" and, as part of a holiday marketing contest to promote Stevens' Songs for Christmas boxset, traded ownership of the song to the winner, Alec Duffy. In turn Duffy gifted his song, "Every Day is Christmas," to Stevens.

But instead of widely releasing "Lonely Man of Winter," Duffy held listening sessions in his home and around the world, sometimes pairing the private listenings with cookies and hot chocolate.

In an end to that years-long project, Duffy - now founder/Artistic Director of the non-profit Brooklyn performance venue JACK - has decided to release the song "Lonely Man of Winter" on Asthmatic Kitty Records, digitally and on limited edition 7 inch, with funds going to support JACK's mission of fueling experiments in art and activism.

The 7-inch, which arrives in early December, includes the originally-shared song on side A (called "The Greatest Song No One Will Ever Hear" by the Wall Street Journal and "gorgeous" by the Village Voice) and an updated mix by Doveman (Thomas Bartlett) featuring Melissa Mary Ahern.

The digital single, released on November 9th, 2018, includes both versions, and "Every Day is Christmas" by Alec Duffy.