Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Music

There are about 10 Christmas songs that we here over and over.  "Joy to the World", "Silent Night", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"... you know the ones.  Arrangers bend over backwards to try to find a new angle for "O Come All Ye Faithful" in their marching band/solo piano/pop single arrangements.  Kids sing them at school concerts.  They're in the background on radio ads.  They're belted out by pop stars to try to re-start stalling music careers.   By December 26, though, you're likely to get expired eggnog chucked at you if you start singing "Jingle Bells".

The secret is: there are other Christmas songs.  My friend Jenny picked out several that I hadn't heard before for us to play at a church party recently.  It was so much fun that we decided to record a few of them.  This is "Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow".  It's Mallory Nuzman singing with Jenny Webb on piano and myself on bass.  Merry Christmas!