Christmas Project

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Songs & Samples
Here's a little bit about every song on the CD.

Going with a Gift Card!

Because nothing more warmly reflects the joy of giving, and celebrating the bonds we've made throughout the year, than the gift of plastic.


Okay, gift cards may be a pet peeve of mine.  Unless you buy one that’s very specific to what the person might wind up wanting, I do think you had might as well give them cash.  Sure, everyone CAN use almost any gift card, but if that’s all you can come up with to match tastes, shouldn't you just exchange regular cards?


Composition:

J. Gonzalez


Performed by:

L. Breckenridge - Vocals

J. Gonzalez - Guitar, Percussion, & Vocals

R. Graves - Drums

B. McCrady - Vocals

D. Shade - Bass Guitar

Elf Party

One can ONLY imagine how hard the elves must party, on the day when all of the work is done and Santa has successfully completed another world-wide delivery.

 

Composition:

B. Scheldt


Performed by:

J. Campbell - Lead Guitar & Vocals

J. Gonzalez - Guitar & Vocals

R. Graves - Drums & Vocals

D. Shade - Bass Guitar & Vocals

Christmas Sleigh

You are invited to a "good, old-fashioned" Christmas party; the kind you'd hear about from the cutest couples you could imagine, while enjoying that old musical variety show every one remembers watching with their grandparents - except me.  What was the name of that show?

 

Composition:

J. Gonzalez


Performed by:

T. Barnett - Multiple  Instruments

L. Breckenridge - Vocals

J. Gonzalez - Vocals

W. Gonzalez - Ice

M. Loy - Vocals

J. McAllister - Drums

Christmastime (The Greatest Time of the Year)

Here's a simple, happy proclamation, from a guy who's just overjoyed to be going home for the holidays.  You'll hear how most of the trappings of the season don't really carry a lot of importance for him.


Understand…  this isn’t to insult any of those things he mentions!  This is just an attempt to contrast all the things we do love about the season, with the ones that give them true meaning.
 

Composition:

T. Barnett


Performed by:

T. Barnett - All Instruments & Vocals

Santa at the Mall

This happy number is a song of  redemption. It begins with a hobo standing around a fire in an empty oil drum, in the railroad switch yard (of course), telling all his hobo friends about the wonderful good fortune that has befallen him.


He has an important role in the lives of hundreds, this year.  Even the littlest things have meaning, now that he has found his own way to make a difference in the world.

 

Composition:

J. Gonzalez


Performed by:

J. Campbell - Lead Guitar

J. Gonzalez - Guitar & Vocals

J. McAllister - Drums

D. Shade - Bass Guitar

Christmas Project Theme Song

This beauty sounds like it was sung by a bunch of puppets.  WAS it sung by puppets?  No.


SHOULD it have been?  Probably!


The song tells the story of the creation of our CD.  I'm proud to say we wrote it in just about 10 minutes, which made me think I should have gone into Jingle writing for a career.  Get it?


Jingle...  Christmas!

 

Composition:

T. Barnett & J. Gonzalez


Performed by:

T. Barnett - All Instruments & Vocals

J. Gonzalez - Vocals

Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus

The lyrics of this song were written to be a reminder that the holiday really IS about the birth of a Savior.  Since some seem to consider that a cheesy message all in itself, I went ahead and added cheesy singers, dressed in colorful sweaters, who perhaps are missing their surfboards and Summer just a little too much.

 


Composition:

J. Gonzalez


Performed by:

T. Barnett - Multiple Instruments

J. Gonzalez - Vocals

Jingle Bells

Mason's rendition of this traditional classic is simply too good not to include.  He adds a cosmopolitan flair which can not be completely explained or easily recreated.  I tried - couldn't get close.

 

Composition:

T. Barnett


Performed by:

M. Barnett - Vocals

T. Barnett - Multiple Instruments

L. Breckenridge - Vocals

J. Gonzalez - Horns (Synthesizer)

Were You Good for Christmas?

Here's a simple, honest look at the feelings and wishes you might have on that first Christmas apart.  I didn't write this one either, but I like the fact that there are no apologies included. 

 

Composition:

T. Barnett


Performed by:

T. Barnett - All Instruments & Vocals

Reindeer Rock

I wrote this one in an attempt to make your kids incessantly repeat the same lyrics, over and over, into infinity, after receiving many reports of continuous sing-a-longs resulting from our earlier releases.  I also enjoyed recording the background party noises.  However, the refrain is now permanently stuck in my own brain.


One must certainly give the reindeer credit, though.  After all, they ARE the ones who take Santa all the way around the world in only 24 hours!!!  I suppose they DO rock!
 

Composition:

J. Gonzalez


Performed by:

J. Campbell - Lead Guitar & Vocals

J. Gonzalez - Guitar, Percussion, & Vocals

R. Graves - Drums & Vocals

D. Shade - Bass Guitar & Vocals

Christmas Disconsolate

This piece of "electronica" takes us on a much more introspective trip. Whenever I listen to it, I imagine a snow-covered field on a still Winter's night, with just a glimmer of moonlight.  Maybe it will make you stare at the fire, or drive out into the country to look at a real snow-covered field!

 

Composition:

B. Scheldt


Performed by:

B. Scheldt

Merry Christmas in No Man's Land

This song tells the amazing and true tale of the temporary truce which came to pass on Christmas Eve 1914, in the middle of World War I, when the Germans and the Allied forces spontaneously united to stop the horror of war and celebrate the greatest King the world has ever known.

 

Composition:

T. Barnett


Performed by:

T. Barnett - Multiple Instruments & vocals

J. Gonzalez - Accordion (Synthesizer) & Vocals

J. McAllister - Drums

D. Shade - Bass Guitar

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

This rendition of the traditional carol relies heavily on a synthesized, crunchy sound you might find on an 'hard rock' radio station.  Mannheim Steamroller can only WISH they could have recorded this one.  Maybe next year, kids.

 


Composition:

J. Caldwell


Performed by:

J. Caldwell - All Instruments & Vocals

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