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The Days Draw Close to Christmas

by Along the Road

The Days Draw Close to Christmas is an acoustic folk/rock holiday CD with 14 new and original songs, plus a couple of arrangements of traditional carols ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Silent Night").
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Journey to Bethlehem
3:53 $0.99
2. The Days Draw Close to Christmas
3:49 $0.99
3. December Joy
4:25 $0.99
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3:48 $0.99
5. Oh, Mr. Dickens
5:11 $0.99
6. God's Gift
2:41 $0.99
7. Christmas Shopping Mall Blues
3:54 $0.99
8. A Christmas Truce
9:14 $0.99
9. Cookies for Santa
4:51 $0.99
10. Chronicle of the Magi
4:39 $0.99
11. Please Give
4:17 $0.99
12. Life Is Wonderful
5:35 $0.99
13. Merry Christmas, Lily
4:34 $0.99
14. Reborn to the Light/Joy to the World
5:12 $0.99
15. The Calling
3:46 $0.99
16. Silent Night
3:47 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

The origins of Along the Road began 3 decades ago...

The first Christmas song penned by the group,“The Days Draw Close to Christmas,” was co-written by Pete DeBlasi and Paul Kranz in the basement of Shawnee Hall at East Stroudsburg University in the late fall of 1983, when the two were freshmen. This was the tune that started our musical collaborations. Andy, Pete, and Paul met as freshmen at ESU and first performed together at several coffeehouses there (with the name Peter, Paul, and Andy for lack of a better name) and even won a coffeehouse contest for which the trio was chosen to open for Livingston Taylor at the 1984 Spring Fling on the campus Quad. Paul met David when he moved to Woodstown, NJ, in 1987 and started teaching high school English there (David graduated from WHS during Paul’s first year as a teacher there, so he is the youngster in this group). Over the next decade, David and Paul began collaborating on a number of Christmas songs while Pete continued to write music, as well. Paul introduced David to Pete and they formed a new trio, The Chain (Pete started to teach Paul guitar in college and then Paul passed on that knowledge to David, so we like to say that Pete is David’s “guitar grandfather”…a chain of sorts). “The Days Draw Close to Christmas” CD is a combination of new Christmas and holiday songs that David, Paul, and Pete have written from 1983-2012. In 2011, Andy was reunited with these guys and he added his own ballad to the mix, “A Christmas Truce,” which he wrote just this past year (2012). But this musical puzzle was not yet complete. Percussion was needed for some of the songs. Paul contacted Scott, the drummer of a band they were both in at Westfield High School, NJ, BB and the Peanut Shells (yes, this is going way, way back…to 1983 again). Scott gladly came down from Massachusetts to lend a hand. This new band of five hail from four different states (MA, NJ, NY, and PA).

The songs included in “The Days Draw Close to Christmas” CD are based on a mixture of thoughts about the holidays that have inspired us…holiday movies, Christmas stories, Christmas shopping, Christmas separations and longings, and ultimate-ly the first Christmas story itself. Most of the tunes were laid down in a professional recording studio at William Paterson University. The band hopes to collaborate in the near future on recording another CD consisting of original ballads and rock flavored songs.



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