Katie Eagleson | That Christmas Feeling

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That Christmas Feeling

by Katie Eagleson

A collection of songs celebrating and honoring the Christmas season.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3:58 $0.99
2. Medley: White Christmas / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! / It´s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
6:19 $0.99
3. Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep
3:57 $0.99
4. Caroling, Caroling
2:53 $0.99
5. A Christmas Love Song
4:50 $0.99
6. The Christmas Waltz
4:11 $0.99
7. Some Children See Him
3:36 $0.99
8. Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant
3:43 $0.99
9. In the Bleak Midwinter
3:59 $0.99
10. A Cradle in Bethlehem
3:17 $0.99
11. Mary, Did You Know?
3:19 $0.99
12. That Christmas Feeling
3:39 $0.99
13. (There´s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
3:58 $0.99
14. What Are You Doing New Year´s Eve?
5:54 $0.99
15. Auld Lang Syne
1:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
I hope you’ll enjoy listening to the songs on this recording. It’s a bit of a departure from our earlier CDs, in that Lenny didn’t put any limitations on his arrangements, so you’ll be hearing some instrumentation that you’ve not heard from us before. It was a lot of fun. Most of the songs we ended up choosing have been favorites of mine for a long time, but not all.
Of course, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is a favorite of lots of people. I’m a fan of Judy Garland, who introduced it in Meet Me in St. Louis. I was drawn to the melancholy lyrics that she sang in the movie. We decided to use the more uplifting version that has become popular since then, just in case not everyone likes a good sad song like I do.
I realized during this process that Bing Crosby had a big role in forming my Christmas song taste. White Christmas, Count Your Blessings, and That Christmas Feeling all are imprinted in my brain with his voice singing them. In fact, I couldn’t find any other recording of our title track. I only was able to find the sheet music (including verse) after contacting Jimmy Van Heusen’s grandnephew. I like the song because the words and music are both simple and to the point, well suited to each other.
Caroling, Caroling and Il est ne le Divin Enfant are songs I sang in Glee Club at my high school, Ravenhill Academy in Philadelphia. Glee Club was one of the most fun things I was involved in at school, especially at Christmas time. Thank you Mr. Fiss, wherever you are.
I’ve just recently learned A Christmas Love Song. My husband, Lenny introduced me to it. You can’t go wrong with Johnny Mandel and the Bergmans.
Some Children See Him has an interesting history. Alfred Burt, the composer, (who also wrote Caroling, Caroling) wrote the music to one Christmas carol every year, which he included in his annual Christmas card. It wasn’t until after his death that they were all performed in public.
In the Bleak Midwinter reminds me of my dad, gone many years now. He loved the Christmas story, “The Juggler” about a poor man whose only talent was juggling, so on Christmas Eve, after others had laid gifts of great worth at the foot of the statue of the Blessed Mother, he decided to juggle for her; the statue came to life and Mary smiled at him. It’s what’s in your heart that matters.
Nat King Cole introduced me to A Cradle in Bethlehem. This song has taken on special meaning to me this year. I lost my mom during the recording of this CD. She was 100 years old. When I played her our recording of this song one night as she lay in bed, her eyes started to fill with tears. Because of dementia she couldn’t express herself, but I’d like to think that it touched her in a way that music can so powerfully do.
When I was growing up, my mom and dad had a party every New Year’s Eve. At midnight, we would all stand in a circle in our living room, cross arms, and hold the hands of the people on either side of us, as we sang Auld Lang Syne… a toast to friends and days gone by. A perfect way to welcome in the new year.



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Review in Cabaret Scenes
There are many Christmas CDs flooding the competitive market out there. To hit the mark, one has to offer something different. On her new album, That Christmas Feeling, Katie Eagleson offers just that with a sweet mix of traditional and lesser-known songs. Singing in a choir-like mezzo with minimal vibrato and backed by a large, lush orchestra, this is about as satisfying an entry as you’re likely to find for the season. With excellent arrangements by Len Pierro, Eagleson has a lot to be proud of. Every cut is tastefully presented with minimal adornment in the vocal department. She is a straight-forward phraser, which works quite well for her classy style.

Particular standouts on the disc include a warmly delivered “Some Children See Him” by Alfred Burt. This carol is timely and deserves serious attention as it describes the diverse ways children’s eyes see Jesus: “.. some people see him almond-eyed, some children see him dark as they… come worship now the infant king. ‘Tis love that is born tonight.” It’s only one of several unique selections here. The title cut is a cheery Bing Crosby oldie by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen (whose great-nephew sent her the chart). It’s a delight and given a terrific reading here. “A Cradle in Bethlehem” is from Nat King Cole’s canon of carols. This simple, melancholic ode to the Christmas story is a nice touch and recalls another era: “… a mother tonight is rocking her baby in Bethlehem.” Others cuts are more traditional and also well done, like a medley that fuses “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” and “Auld Lang Syne” cap off this interesting seasonal album that has some welcome surprises.