If you tend to approach Christmas albums from pop stars with trepidation, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul Simon[/lastfm]’s first track from his forthcoming album So Beautiful Or So What may be the one to change your mind. Steering away from musical holiday cliches in favor of some good, honest songwriting, the American pop-icon's latest "Getting Ready For Christmas Day" wonderfully captures the holiday mood by electrifying it with some bluesy acoustic guitar and hand-clapping percussion. It's a great song featuring a sample of preacher/gospel singer Reverend J.M. Gates recorded in 1941, and it's yours for free -- no strings attached! Though we won't see the forthcoming album So Beautiful Or So What until May of next year, you can get an early preview with the free Mp3 download below. Happy holidays! [audio url="http://cbsstreetdate.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/01-getting-ready-for-christmas-day.mp3" artist="Paul Simon" name="Getting Ready For Christmas" podtrac="true" config_file="config.xml"]

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