Well, it seems a little early to talk about Christmas. But, not about Christmas music! As we get close to Advent (begins this Sunday) and prepare for Christmas and the holiday season, you have a lot of wonderful offerings from the music community. Indeed, there almost seems to be a revival of the Christmas song. Lots and lots to choose from.
If you want a great two-track EP, get The Reasoning’s “It’s Christmas (Sing it Loud),” out today, and available from amazon.com and iTunes. Rachel Cohen has the voice of an angel, of course, and it shows in every note she sings with one of the greatest prog/rock outfits around today. Thank you, Matt Cohen, master of many, many things. For those of you who shy away from prog, no worries. This is just a wonderfully joyous song. I think it could’ve easily been the finale to HOME ALONE.
Neal Morse, never unwilling to profess his own faith (in Christianity and in prog!) has two CDs out you might like. The first, out last year at this time and still available, is a PROGGY CHRISTMAS–featuring just about everyone you could imagine. As I wrote last year:
All of the members of Transatlantic (Portnoy, Trewavas, and Stolt), Steve Hackett, Steve Morse, and Randy George. Portnoy is even “The Little Drummer Boy”! Jerry Guidroz does his usual extraordinary mixing and engineering.
Also available–as a member of the Neal Morse Inner Circle–“Christmas 2013.” These songs date back almost 20 years. Very delicate as well as energetic.
Our own progarchist, lovely Leah, “metal maid,” has a gorgeous EP out, “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.” Three tracks introduce the listener to our favorite Canuck rocker (that is, below the age of 60. Sorry Geddy, Alex, and Neil) and the spirit of a metal Christmas.
Finally, out just since last Friday, is another progarchist album, In Dulci Jubilo. This one comes from classical and progressive guitarist Kevin McCormick and his oldest daughter, Rachel. My best description of this album is “immaculate.” In Dulci Jubilo is 14 tracks long at 46 minutes. A much more detailed review forthcoming.