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Alec Duffy won all rights to Sufjan Stevens' song "Lonely Man of Winter" in a contest (traded for the rights to his winning song). Rather than sell or blog it, he's having private listening parties with a handful of guests
each Wednesday night in Brooklyn through Feb. 25th. Here's why.
You can hear his winning entry, the vaguely Magnetic-Fieldsy Every Day Is Christmas,
but so far, he has kept Stevens' song offline
. Some people are angry about these "little asshat tea parties."
The closest most of us can get are listener descriptions from Annie Scott
("lovely"), and Jessica Suarez
Sufjan said of
the winning song: "It feels, at once, like a classic show tune, the perfect parlor song, a bar ballad, and a church hymn. It is unencumbered with the pejoratives and prophetic exclamations of Christmas, the most complicated of holidays."