(perfect weather and no one set the dune afire)
(we go to the Michigan Fiber Festival, home of the headless chicken)
(when your animals become commodities and people become consumers, all the spirit and soul of the matter is lost. These were all loved and valued, each and every one)
(I find the perfect colors for a fall pumpkin felting class)
(the colors of friendship)
(“You may come from Macon, but you ain’t no peach.” Only Red Haven and Lake Michigan blueberries will do for a cottage breakfast)
(better than DEET, any day)
(I go to Chicago and see many dear friends, including Optimus Prime…)
(We go to the Frank Gehry Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park…)
(…and I see my son play to a standing ovation.)
We’re off to visit with Bud. I hope you are all well and happy!
I get out the Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. I just finished writing a review for Amazon of this album which is, sadly, out of print. (Audioblog at end of post)
The Animal’s Christmas with Art Garfunkel, Amy Grant, The Kings College School Choir and The London Symphony Orchestra is my all time favorite. Every single reviewer, bar none, gives this album five stars. I have no idea why they don’t re-issue it, especially with used copies bringing up to 20.00.
Art Garfunkel and Jimmy Webb, who have collaborated on several critically acclaimed projects over the last twenty years, have joined together with Amy Grant and The London Symphony Orchestra to perform this Christmas cantata. Set against the Nativity story as told from the perspective of the animals who were there, this CD contains magnificent production values and wonderful vocal performances by Garfunkel and Grant. In addition, the Kings College School Choir provides beautiful backing. Other performers include Jimmy Webb on piano, Eric Weissberg (dueling banjo fame) on banjo and acoustic guitar, and Steve Gadd on drums. Geoff Emerick (engineer on The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper") co-produces the album.
This Christmas album sounds like THE best Christmas pageant ever and although you probably can’t find it, buy it if you can. Or ask a good blog friend to make you a copy. You will love it, guaranteed. If you’re anything like me, you’ll pour yourself a nice glass of wine last thing before bed on Christmas Eve, turn off all the lights except the ones on the tree and smile, smile, smile.
The thing I like best about this album? It reminds me of when I was in the Sunday School pageant in a starring role: "I said the sheep, with the curly horn, I gave Him my wool for a blanket warm…"
Yes, yes. I’m still at it. Music makes it ever so much easier and as long as you stopped by, here’s a sampler of what I’m listening to. How good are your speakers? You can turn this one way up!
SRP posted a photo that made me think of this little tune that I had as part of my summertime mix mania CD. It also reminds me of the book that Hoss is writing over at his place. Run, quick.