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A Very Merry Non Traditional Christmas - EP

by Frazier Riddell

5 Christmas Songs You DO Know / 5 Quite "different" arrangements you do NOT know.
Genre: Holiday: Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria Full Combo)
3:42 $0.99
2. Jingle Bells (Reggae Blues Combo Style)
4:01 $0.99
3. Deck the Halls Fa La La (Ukulele Melodion +combo Style)
3:21 $0.99
4. What Child Is This (Haunting Instrumental)
4:18 $0.99
5. Joy to the World (Jazz Vocal & Chordal Style)
3:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Over the years I have recorded several Christmas Songs. I have released few of them. Here at CD Baby you can find my "Blue Punk Christmas" (my personal all time favorite to record) released as a single a few years back.

THE 5 SONGS For This EP Are:

1) “Angels we have heard on High” (Gloria) This is a rich arrangement with slight variation in chordal structure of this classic, beautiful song. This is possibly the only song I have incorporated AutoHarp into. Though just one chord from the autoharp is used, it sets quite a fullness that would not exist with the arrangement of this song otherwise. This is the Only previously released song on this EP.

2) “Jingle Bells”. This is done in a Reggae Blues style, that is after the little Uke intro I had fun with. I was constantly tuning as I had an OLD Ukulele that had a bad tuning machine that would not hold, so I had to try and get thru with totally drifting out of tune. Twas fun. Then kicks in everything, including the Tenor Sax, my first instrument of official learning back in Jr. Hi Days.

3) “Deck The Halls / Fa La La”. This arrangement is Ukulele driven solo in the intro, and then Bass and Percussion kicks in with a flowing ‘back beat’ Snare feel & then with a lead that comes in with a Hohner Melodica. That was a challenge, but I got it done.

4) “What Child Is This?” Well, it’s the child of the holidays & my Joy! This is an instrumental song, with a unique keyboard bed that comes in after an intro of a haunting whistle. I was glad to incorporate the whistle in the beginning and end. It reminds me of my Great Great Aunt Julie. When she was 95, and I would visit with guitar, she really at that point could not hear anything as far as guitar or vocal, but she could hear whistling. This ones for you Aunt Julie.

5) “Joy to the World”. This is sort of an Avant-Garde arrangement using classical guitar as the chord bed, as well as the lead section. The chord structure and melody are changed, but the words are from the traditional.

ALL This said, I really hope that you enjoy these arrangements. I don’t always have a lot to pass along in life to a lot of folks, but with a song/arrangement you can put something out there in web land that might be enjoyed for years and years, and I hope this is the case with some of these original arrangements of classic well known Christmas songs, because just the thought of such a thing as you catching some joy, brings Joy to my Heart. Thanks much and Peace be with You. Frazier Riddell. www.smalltownmusic.com



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