Bill Pere | Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town

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Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town

by Bill Pere

Cinematic story-songs in the style of Harry Chapin, John McCutcheon, or Dan Fogelberg, set against a backdrop of holiday time in the city. Poignant and haunting arrangements of powerful lyrics.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Crib in the Creche
Bill Pere
5:54 $0.99
2. Christmas Eve, Silent Night
Bill Pere
6:27 $0.99
3. The Way of the Waif
Bill Pere
5:27 $0.99
4. Dear Santa
Bill Pere and the LUNCH Ensemble
2:45 $0.99
5. Ornament
Bill Pere and the LUNCH Ensemble
2:40 $0.99
6. All Is Calm, All Is Bright
Kay Pere
4:03 $0.99
7. The Organ Grinder
Bill Pere
4:12 $0.99
8. Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town
Shauna Beth Mandelburg and Bill Pere
2:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town - by Bill Pere (with the LUNCH Ensemble)

When people hear it, it goes right to the heart with lasting impact. People have gasped, and been stunned into silence by "The Crib in the Creche". Bill says, "the songs that most affect life are the songs that most reflect life". The simple act of kindness captured in this moving tale clearly hits home with folks of all ages. The amazing true story behind this song can be read at Bill's website ( .

In addition to this tale, there are three more of Bill's very best songs:
"Christmas Eve, Silent Night" tells the story of Mary and Joseph -- as if they were modern urban teenagers.
"The Way of the Waif" is another poignant story based on a true incident about a homeless woman who believes it is more important to give, even when you have nothing to give.
The title track, "Christmas Eve on the Poor Side of Town" is a perennial favorite, a touching tale of what really matters most not only at Holiday time, but all the time.
"The Organ Grinder" is a marvelous painting of images and sounds, telling yet another compelling tale that makes us stop and reflect.

This collection represents some of the very best songwriting from one of today's very fine songwriters.

Bill's guitar and Midi arrangements are as distinctive as always, and the great tracks featuring Kay Pere, Shauna Beth Mandelburg, and the LUNCH Ensemble are a great addition.



BILL PERE - background highlights
(see also http://www,

-- The nationl IMC 2003 Independent Artist of the Year
-- Official Connecticut State Troubadour appointed 1995 by CT Commission on the Arts
-- President, Connecticut Songwriters Association
-- Founder and Executive Director, LUNCH (Local United Network to Combat Hunger) raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for hunger relief programs in Connecticut through benefit concerts
-- 13 CD's of original songs recorded and released
-- 22 original theater plays produced
-- Producer of the Harry Chapin Legacy Concert series
-- International appearances and performances with the Steve Chapin Band
-- Citation by the Connecticut State Legislature for Community Service through Music
-- 1997 Citizen of the Year Award from Mystic Chamber of Commerce
-- 1995 Community Service Award from International Artists Cooperative
-- Song "The Wish" selected for inclusion on compilation CD produced by Rhode Island-based Artists Against Hunger
-- Editor, Connecticut Songsmith
-- Member Music Educators National Conference
-- Author "Songcrafters Coloring Book"
-- Published articles in numerous music industry publications including "Songwriters Market"
-- 1981 and 1991 Connecticut Songwriter of the Year
Two-time recipient, CSA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education through Music
-- First recipient of the CSA Renaissance Award for multiple music achievements, presented by Pete Seeger, 1995



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