Forget all that stuff about Rick Perry's frozen brain, Herman Cain's female troubles, or Obama's impending Gangsta term. Let your hearts be light.
Mark Steyn and Jessica Martin's new Christmas CD is out!
I'm very pleased to see that Mark's perfect "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" is on the CD. That's one of his greatest hits.
The twelve tracks on Making Spirits Bright embrace songs from the 19th to the 21st century, by a wide range of writers from Johnny Mercer and Frank Loesser to Mariah Carey and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and in an eclectic range of styles from a full disco megamix of "A Marshmallow World" to the beautiful chamber orchestration of "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" and "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear". But throughout the album Mark and Jessica are committed to making spirits bright with breezy, swinging songs of Yuletide cheer, starting with the opening number, "All I Want For Christmas Is You", in which Steyn hits a new high, so to speak. From there, Mark and Jessica take off on a wild sleigh ride through "Jingle Bells", followed by their extra-nutty take on "Sweet Gingerbread Man" and the tale of "The Christmas Glow Worm".Still no "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Maybe next year?
We take things at a gentler pace for two Auld Lang solos: Mark asks "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?", and Jessica responds with "The Perfect Year". Then we bounce back with the brand new seasonal romp "Runnin' On Eggnog"; a jazzily romantic song from the Nineties, "Snowbound"; and a medley of J Fred Coots' perennial "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" with his lesser known "He'll Be Coming Down The Chimney".
"A Little Town At Midnight" is Mark and Jessica's re-telling of that long-ago night in Bethlehem. It's followed by the merriest "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and the "Marshmallow" megamix to end them all. Featuring sparkling arrangements by Kevin Amos and some of London's best musicians, Making Spirits Bright is sure to brighten your spirits this Christmas season.
Mark talks a bit about the CD in part two of his excellent interview with Brian Lilley here. Enjoy.
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