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That Time of Year

by Rick Paul

Four Americana-flavored Christmas songs that will warm your heart, bring a smile to your face, and provide some unique slants on the Christmas season.
Genre: Easy Listening: Soft Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Day After the Day After Christmas
3:30 $0.99
2. Santa's Best
2:31 $0.99
3. Molly's Bar and Grill
3:15 $0.99
4. It Started in a Manger
3:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
I love Christmas music, so it is a pleasure for me to have the opportunity to share these original Christmas songs with you. Thanks for listening. May the blessings of Christmas be on you and all those who have a special place in your heart during the holiday season.

1. The Day After the Day After Christmas
words and music by Michael J. Parker and Rick Paul
© 2006 Michael J. Parker (BMI)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

The first song on the EP, "The Day After the Day After Christmas", written with Mike Parker, is about a unique family tradition. Whereas most of us go crazy trying to get all our shopping done by Christmas Eve, then opening gifts on Christmas morning, the family in the song heeds the wisdom that, "good things come to those who wait." Waiting until December 26th to shop gets them all those great "after Christmas blowout sale" prices, so they can extend their limited means for a bang up celebration on the day after the day after Christmas.

2. Santa's Best
words and music by Rick Paul
© 2006 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

Next up is "Santa's Best", a tribute to Santa's reindeer. The EP title comes from the opening line of this song ("Oh, yes, it's here, that time of year; the whole world's filled with Christmas cheer"). The focus of the song is really on this one night of glory the reindeer have, and the service they put in on behalf of Santa, the children of the world, and all of us on that one long night.

3. Molly's Bar and Grill
words and music by Vic Michener and Rick Paul
© 2006 John V. Michener (SOCAN)/Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

Then comes "Molly's Bar and Grill", written with Vic Michener. When you're lonely from lost love, the holidays can be a pretty depressing time, and the "Christmas cheer" might come in a bottle or glass. Still, there's always room for a Christmas Eve surprise to put an end to "wasted time."

4. It Started in a Manger
words and music by Rick Paul
© 1998 Closet Cowboy Music (ASCAP)

The EP closes with "It Started in a Manger". This is the only one of the four songs that has been recorded and released before, initially by the Altarmen & Julie back in 1998. Lana Kress recorded her version the following year, and an earlier recording of my own version came out on a multi-artist charity album called "Ho Ho Ho Spice" back in 2002. That song starts out in a downtown Christmas scene complete with a "cardboard Santa advertising the sale at the corner store." I guess that's pretty typical of "that time of year." The real message of the song, though, comes in the reminder that "it started in a manger" with "no tinseled trees, no Santa Claus, no twinkling Christmas lights."

Special thanks to my co-writers, Mike Parker and Vic Michener, without whom two of the songs on this collection would not exist. Thanks to all the songwriters, musicians, and music producers who provided input on my recordings-in-progress, especially Hans Van Even, Glen Heffner, Rick Cupoli, and Fred Grittner. Thanks, too, to my MySpace friends who have given me inputs on the recordings-in-progress and cover graphics.




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