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A Singer/Songwriter Christmas

I put together a compilation CD for Christmas four years ago, and suddenly a week ago decided I needed to do it again this year. My fate was sealed when I came up with the title: A Singer/Songwriter Christmas. This despite the facts that one of the songs is an instrumental version of an old carol; one is an old standard (but it's sung by a singer/songwriter), and one is about snow in general, not just Christmas. But hey. Actually, it's mostly Christmas songs that are scattered across several CDs. It just so happens that almost all are singer/songwriter songs.

1. "Spotlight on Christmas" / Rufus Wainwright [from Maybe This Christmas Too?]
Easily the most produced song on the album, but it's Rufus so it would be.
2. "American Noel" / Dave Carter & Tracey Grammer [from Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration]
Kind of like one of those Shakespeare plays re-set in the modern day starring Kenneth Branagh.
3. "Before You Go" / Richard Shindell [from Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration]
What would Dad say to his Son before the big day?
4. "The Holly and the Ivy" / George Winston [from December]
With variations, because Mr. Winston is like that.
5. "The Rebel Jesus"/"Skyline Jig" / Jackson Browne and The Chieftains [from The Bells of Dublin]
Mr. Browne doesn't want us to be complacent.
6. "First Christmas" / Stan Rogers [from Between the Breaks Live]
Terribly, terribly sad.
7. "Shepherds" / Bruce Cockburn [from Christmas]
Nowhere near as sad.
8. "Five Kinds of Snow" / Joel Mabus [from Promised Land]
If you're from the Great Lakes area, you know exactly what he means.
9. "The Christians and the Pagans" / Dar Williams [from Mortal City]
The feel-good diversity training experience of the season.
10. "Christmas in the Trenches" / John McCutcheon [from Live at Wolf Trap]
A cold night in France, 1915, and men who didn't ask to be enemies.
11. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" / James Taylor [from October Road]
First time I'd heard the "real" words to the next-to-last line. Twist that knife, won'tcha, Sweet Baby James.

I need to do a little sound editing yet, because two of the songs are from cassettes and the two Chieftains tracks need to be knitted together so there's no gap between them. This means track order can change too (although Rufus has to be first, and JT has to be last). (psst don't tell, but this is a holiday gift for some people too.)



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Dec. 16th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds Great Songdogmi!!
I made a Christmas compilation CD a few years back also. Admittedly mine is more pop, but it does have some classics, some new age, and Love Spirals Downwards "Welcome Christmas" (Way Cool)... Wanna trade?
Dec. 16th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
hm... Love Spirals Downwards... that could be real interesting. Sure :)
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