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The Season of My Heart

by Rick Lang

This is new & all-original acoustic Christmas/Seasonal music with elements of Bluegrass/country/Folk... also a little swing & blues plus gospel ballads...featuring heartwarming vocals...glistening harmonies... and exceptional instrumental performances.
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1. The Season of My Heart
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2. Heavenly Peace
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3. Decorate the Tree With Love
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4. Sleigh Bells
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5. Waltz of the Falling Snowflakes
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6. I Dreamed That I Was There
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7. The Tree They All Passed By
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8. Christmas Every Day of the Year
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9. There's a Song in the Air
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10. Sleigh Full of Toys
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11. Follow the Star
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12. A Season's Greeting
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13. Lift Up Your Hearts
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The Season Of My Heart
...By Rick Lang & Friends


Released in October 2003 on the independent Haley Anna Music label, "The Season Of My Heart" by Rick Lang & Friends, is a collection of 13 new Christmas/Seasonal songs from the pen of New Hampshire songwriter Rick Lang.

Recorded at Appleland Studios in Northbridge, Mass. "The Season Of My Heart" was engineered and produced by Bob Dick, and features multi-instrumentalist Dave Dick on Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin and Vocals; Roger Williams on Dobro; Bob Dick on Acoustic Bass and Vocals; and Karen Lincoln Wilber on Vocals...plus "special guests"

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A native of New Hampshire, songwriter Rick Lang has had well over two dozen of his songs recorded by a variety of leading Bluegrass groups including: IIIrd Tyme Out; Lonesome River Band; Front Range; and Southern Rail...among others. His composition "Listen To The Word Of God" appeared on the Lonesome River Band's critically acclaimed "Carrying The Tradition" recording, which was awarded IBMA album of the year in 1992. Another of his songs, "Sing Praises To The King", appeared on Front Range's "One Beautiful Day" album, which was awarded best Gospel recording of the year by the IBMA in 1995.

In the Spring of 1996, Rick Lang & Friends produced "A Tribute To The 100th Anniversary of the Boston Marathon" featuring two of Rick's songs written to pay tribute to the history of the Boston Marathon..."Running For The Glory" and "Heartbreak Hill". Both songs received heavy radio airplay throughout New England prior to the event, and "Running For The Glory" was also featured (including a music video of the group) on a TV special entitled "A Century Of Running"...that aired on a major Boston television network.

In 1997, in another collaborative effort, Rick Lang & Friends wrote and produced "First Night", a tribute to the increasingly popular "First Night" tradition, and were invited to perform the song during the opening ceremony at "First Night" Worcester, Mass that same year. Their recorded version of the song is currently being used to help promote "First Night" programs all across the United States and Canada.

Most recently Rick's composition "Just Call On Him" recorded by IIIrd Tyme Out was included in a Gospel collection "White Dove" - the Bluegrass Gospel Collection" released by Rounder Records in June of 2003.

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For more information about "The Season Of My Heart" by Rick Lang & Friends, we welcome you to visit our website: www.haleyannamusic.com
Or E-mail us at: sales@haleyannamsuic.com

Rick Lang/Haley Anna Music
PO Box 424
Kingston, NH 03848

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Joe Ross, Bluegrass Now

Each sparkling, happy song is like a musical holiday card that brightens the day
Playing Time - 38:06 Rick Lang has a long-standing love of the winter season. He lives in New Hampshire, a state where dreaming of a white Christmas is often a reality. "The Season of my Heart," a project with thirteen originals written or co-written by Lang, celebrates the traditions, excitement and magic of winter. His inspiration stems from such images as the baby Jesus asleep in His mother's arms, the Christmas tree, an evening sleigh ride, the falling snow, the star of the east, and the sound of angelic voices. An 8-page CD insert includes all lyrics. Songwriter Lang sings two of his compositions ("There's a Song in the Air" and "A Season's Greeting"), and he plays rhythm guitar on "Decorate the Tree with Love." While his singing isn't the strongest, it is nice to hear the songwriter present at least a few of his numbers in his pleasant, relaxed voicing. Some harmony could have enhanced "There's a Song in the Air," with its words from a poem written by Josiah G. Holland in 1872.

Lead vocals for most of the songs are ably sung by Karen Lincoln Wilbur, although bassist Bob Dick does well on "I Dreamed that I was There" and "Sleigh Bells" while Valerie Crockett is the lead vocalist for the bluesy "Sleigh Full of Toys." Other assisting musicians include Dave Dick, Roger Williams, Walter Crockett, Rob Huffman, Mark Manueal, Fran McConville, Lincoln Meyers, and Ken Taylor. Karen, Bob and Dave are well-known from their work with Waystation, Northern Lights, Front Range, Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band, and other bands.

The album's instrumentation is acoustic with primarily guitar, bass, mandolin, dobro, and piano. Huffman's whistles even appear on two tracks. While some bluegrass fans might be slightly disappointed by the lack of fiddle or the appearance of Dave Dick's banjo only on "Sleigh Bells" and "The Tree They All Passed By," this album has plenty to enthuse a bluegrass afficinado. Roger Williams' dobro is one exceptional item that immediately comes to mind. Bob Dick's bass is solid. And Frank McConville's mandolin on "Sleigh Full of Toys" is also very tastfully rendered. The title cut from the album is receiving some good airplay as a result of being featured as the lead off number on Prime Cuts of Bluegrass, Volume 66, although I think it wouldn't have hurt to include some banjo and harmony vocals in the mix for that song.

Rick Lang is an excellent songwriter, and you can hear his material on records from such bluegrass groups as Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, Front Range, Paul Adkins & The Borderline Band, and Southern Rail. Lang's other albums include "Out Where the Wildflowers Grow" in 1991, "A Tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Boston Marathon" in 1996, and "First Night" in 1997. Now, his latest release celebrating winter, is one that is comfortably warm and would make a good companion to a crackling fire and a glass of eggnog. Each sparkling, happy song is like a musical holiday card that brightens the day. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
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