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Home for Christmas

by Carolyn Southworth

Come home for Christmas and enjoy this timeless collection of old and new carols, from sacred to secular, presented by Contemporary Instrumentalist and pianist Carolyn Southworth.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3:58 $0.99
2. Pat a Pan
2:01 $0.99
3. The First Noel
4:54 $0.99
4. "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (The Huron Carol)
3:31 $0.99
5. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
4:20 $0.99
6. Still, Still, Still
5:49 $0.99
7. The Holly and the Ivy
4:13 $0.99
8. Bring a Torch Jeannette, Isabella
3:38 $0.99
9. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
5:18 $0.99
10. First Snow
3:34 $0.99
11. Shades of White
4:35 $0.99
12. I'll Be Home for Christmas
4:02 $0.99
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Michael Rounds

Its October 8th and I'm already dying to put up my Christmas Lights
The album arrived yesterday, and already I have listened to it twice. I love Carolyn's Music and she just keeps making great music. This album is so diverse from song to song going from Track 4 (The Huron Carol), with its native american feel, to Track 7: (The Holly and the Ivy) with what I would call a welsh influence, to one of my all time favorite Christmas songs Track 9: (O Come, O Come Emmanuel) with its angellic and airy vocals. With just the short Previews you are able to enjoy here on CDBaby you can see her musical talent and broad interests. As with her other works, her piano expression is so impressive. This CD could easily be a Narada sampler from 12 different artists due to the variety of the works, yet there is a common thread in all the songs that the Piano is her main instrument for delivery. This is one Album you will not regret picking up. Now I just need to find me some Chestnuts.

Michael Debbage

It has been 5 years since pianist Carolyn Southworth released her quite extraordinary debut album At The End Of The Day. Although she has collaborated with daughter Jennifer Thomas on the delightful specialty project The Lullaby Album in 2009, we had to wait another 2 years before hearing from her and once again she chose a specialty theme in the form of Christmas. With such releases being a dime a dozen, a special time of the year requires a special type of artist to separate themselves apart from all the other releases. With Southworth securing assistance from her “musical elves” Jennifer Thomas, Jace Vek and Paul Speer, she once again delivers a beautifully wrapped musical present to her listeners.

One of the bright aspects of Home For Christmas is Southworth’s stellar song choices by mixing traditional familiar Christmas carols with others that are less familiar, resulting in an album that has the feel of the first snowfall…fresh, vibrant and magical. On the familiar path there is the terrific orchestration from Jace Vek courtesy of “The First Noel”, while the unfamiliar path is explored via the song “Twas In The Moon Of Wintertime” or for that matter the spirited “Bring A Torch Jeannette, Isabella”. Either path brings you to the same destination…a pampered lap of musical luxury.

Meanwhile if you want something completely different, Southworth delivers her own Christmas musical gifts courtesy of two self composed songs. “First Snow” will quickly become familiar to you featuring the orchestration arrangements of Jennifer Thomas, which is followed up by the regal “Shades Of White”. If it reminds you of a David Lanz Paul Speer arrangement, well that’s because guitarist Paul Speer decides to pay a musical visit with Zak Dewey assisting on the drums and percussion. Perhaps “Shades Of Narada” would be a more appropriate title as the sheer quality of this song alone is clear evidence that if the Narada recording label were still around Southworth would most likely be an artist on their roster.

At the end of the day, Southworth closes out the album with the ever so familiar “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” that will leave you clinging to your Christmas’s of yesteryears. Considering this album is somewhat of a standout Christmas album, don’t be surprised if Home For Christmas becomes a permanent resident of your future Christmas memories.

Kathy Parsons

Carolyn Southworth’s "Home For Christmas" is a beautifully orchestrated collection of old and new Christmas carols, some sacred and some secular; the twelve selections also include two original pieces. Carolyn Southworth is a very accomplished pianist and violinist who teaches both instruments in addition to composing. As much as I love her solo piano work, Southworth told me some time ago and that she usually “hears” her music orchestrated as she is creating it, and this collection certainly reflects that. Southworth did all of the arranging and most of the orchestrating in addition to playing the piano; Jennifer Thomas, Southworth’s daughter, orchestrated two pieces and Jace Vek orchestrated one; Paul Speer appears on guitar and Zak Dewey provides drums. The sound is rich and full, and the arrangements are truly inspired, making these chestnuts shiny and new (and yes, “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” is included!). It is a real challenge to keep such well-worn songs traditional and still give them a fresh treatment, but Southworth has succeeded well on both accounts.

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” begins the album. A song that holds up well with a wide variety of musical approaches, this version plays it pretty straight, emphasizing the beauty of the melody. Piano, strings, and Paul Speer’s distinctive guitar sound make this a great opening piece (orchestrated by Jennifer Thomas). “Pat A Pan” sparkles and dances for joy. I love this song, and Southworth’s is now one of my favorite arrangements. Jace Vek orchestrated “The First Noel.” It begins as a sweet piano solo and becomes more orchestrated as it evolves, with the piano usually the main focus. “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (The Huron Carol)” is a French Canadian/Native American carol, and the use of Native American flute is really effective along with piano, bells, and light strings - another favorite. “The Holly and the Ivy” is poignant and bittersweet, and this arrangement has a lovely Gaelic flavor. “Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella” is also very adaptable to a wide variety of musical styles, and this one is lively and joyful. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is one of the very first Christmas carols and this hauntingly beautiful version features piano, voices, strings, and other instrumentation. “First Snow” is the first of the two original pieces. The graceful piano melody is simple and heartfelt, with strings and bells adding dimension and washes of color. “Shades of White” is the other original composition - and what a lovely slow dance it could be! Speer’s guitar enhances the feelings of longing as well as of peaceful calm. The closing track is a gorgeous version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Piano and strings convey the emotions perfectly without any words.

"Home For Christmas" will bring hours of holiday cheer for many seasons to come! Recommended!