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Surfin' With Santa

by Bob Keefe

Christmas Surf Guitar Music
Genre: Holiday: Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Deck the Hall
3:16 $0.99
2. O Christmas Tree
2:13 $0.99
3. Away in a Manger
1:34 $0.99
4. Up on the Housetop
1:47 $0.99
5. We Three Kings of Orient Are
2:49 $0.99
6. O Holy Night
3:11 $0.99
7. O Come All Ye Faithful
3:20 $0.99
8. What Child is This?
3:21 $0.99
9. Jingle Bells
2:18 $0.99
10. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
3:35 $0.99
11. Silent Night
2:34 $0.99
12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
2:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Surf Music. The first band I played in was a surf band. We played for my eighth-grade Spanish class. We played a New Year’s Eve gig that year, and the next year we played for our ninth grade dance. We split the bill with a much older band and blew them away. We came pretty close to winning the 7up Action Boys Battle of the Bands that year in Fresno, California. I played a 1964 Sunburst Fender Stratocaster through my 1965 Fender Super Reverb amplifier. I still own the ’64 Strat. From there, it was a whirlwind of musical styles: mid ‘60’s LA music scene bands, late ‘60’s San Francisco psychedelic bands, hard rock bands, ‘80’s cover bands, jazz for a few decades, three music degrees along the way, big band, guitar ensembles, college teaching, followed by a bunch of wedding bands. But it all comes back to my first love: Surf Music.

Here are some liner notes and influences:

Deck the Hall (Old Welsh Air/Keefe) ASCAP 3’16”
Traditional. Surfing from Wales to Southern California, with a
splash tribute to the NTSU Guitar Ensemble.

O Christmas Tree (Old German Carol/Keefe) ASCAP 2’13”
Surfing ‘round that Colorado spruce with The Astronauts.

Away in a Manger (Kirkpatrick/Keefe) ASCAP 1’35”
Traditional, with a splash of reverb.

Up on the Housetop (Traditional/Keefe) ASCAP 1’48”
St. Nick goes to Malibu with The Gamblers and Moon Dawg.

We Three Kings of Orient Are (Hopkins/Keefe) ASCAP 2’49”
Traditional Surf/Western.

O Holy Night (Adam/Keefe) ASCAP 3’15”
Surfing when it’s dark…

O Come All Ye Faithful (Reading/Keefe) ASCAP 4’02”
Traditional, with tremolo.

What Child is This? (Old English Air/Keefe) ASCAP 3’23”
The Chantays meet the minimalists.

Jingle Bells (J. Pierpont/Keefe) ASCAP 2’21”
Dashing through the snow with The Champs.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (15th Century French/Helmore/Keefe)
ASCAP 3’43”
Traditional, with reverb.

Silent Night (Mohr/Gruber/Keefe) ASCAP 2’34”
Traditional. Bass quartet with reverb.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Traditional English Carol/Keefe)
ASCAP 2’36”
Traditional. Surfing from Merry Olde England to Southern California.

People I’d like to thank:

Jack Petersen: Thank you for showing me what a guitar can really do and for giving the guitar a front row seat in ensemble playing. Triads rule!
Scott Cavanaugh (1950-2008): My surf music pal. From our love of the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson (and that great Beach Boys concert we attended together in Fresno in August 1965) to our first surf band. I miss you, buddy!
Jan Van Horn: For keeping surf music and surf guitar alive in me. You’re always steady as a rock and a triple musical threat: guitar, drums, and harmonica.
Michael Karagosian: The recording engineer guru who now rules the digital cinema domain. Your view of reality keeps us all in check.
Joel Lockman: A dear friend who has always laid down a solid bass foundation.
Jeff Ball and Richard Eide: junior high school friends who were there in the beginning.
Frank Wells, for his musical encouragement.
My mom and my sister, for their love and understanding.
And finally, my family: Janet, Martin, and Allison for all their love and support.

Other supporting friends:

Jim Lawrence, Mark Joyce, John White. the crew at McNeil Music: Eric Laine, Noah Drew, Don Pharoah, Jeff Howell, John Nolan, and Christian deBrigard. Also Geoff Glass, Christopher Woitach, Lynn Wiles, Joe Bruno, Rick Eleck, and of course, all my guitar students (former and present). Thank you!



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