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Atheist Christmas

by Robert Crenshaw

Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. Atheist Christmas (feat. Don Jones)
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2. 23 1/2 Degrees
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3. Breakdown in the Passing Lane (feat. Don Jones & Marshall Crenshaw)
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4. Don't Let It Bring You Down (feat. John Crenshaw, Kevin Kelly & Charlee Throneburg)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Atheist Christmas

Every record, no matter how obscure, represents a journey for the artists and their loved ones. In January of 2010 I suddenly found myself with a lot more time for reflection than perhaps I wanted. These were pretty dark times for a lot of people economically and, perhaps, especially for those of us in the Detroit area.
For a long time, songwriting and making records has been something of a cathartic experience for me. Being engaged in an artistic process, being able to work out intellectual and emotional issues using poetry and metaphor wrapped in musical composition, helps me put things in perspective.
I truly feel lucky to have so many talented friends and family members to draw into projects. I usually draw from the same well, but this time I added some fresh pouring in the forms of Kevin Kelly and Charlee Throneburg, old family friends. I was also thrilled to work with veteran record producer and dear pal Don Dixon again, and, of course, I can always expect greatness from Don Jones and Marshall and John Crenshaw.
Over the years I have spoken with many people who have deep roots in the American traditions of Christmas, but have no ties or connection to the Christian aspects of it. People have been joining in celebrations to mark the end of the darkest days of the year in different forms as long as there have been civilizations.
Atheist Christmas is a shout-out to my fellow Atheists, Agnostics, and Secular Humanists for whom Christmas has transcended its current birth mythology and, perhaps, returned to purer roots: showing appreciation for you friends and families, reaching out to those in need, sharing a sense of community, being thankful for those on whose shoulders we stand, triumphing over the odds of fate, and, of course, CELEBRATING. Let your freak-flag fly!

Tracks 1
Atheist Christmas
Robert Crenshaw Tamatha Music 2012 ASCAP
Don Jones-Flute
Robert Crenshaw- Everything else

Track 2
Breakdown In The Passing Lane
Robert Crenshaw Tamatha Music 2012 ASCAP
Don Jones- flute
Marshall Crenshaw- guitar & six-string bass
Don Dixon- Background vocals
Robert Crenshaw- Everything else

Track 3
23 ½ Degrees
Robert Crenshaw Tamatha Music 2012 ASCAP
It’s all my fault

Track4
Don’t Let It Bring You Down
Neil Young
©1970, 1975 Cotillion Music Inc. and Broken Fiddle.
John Crenshaw- lead vocal
Kevin Kelly- acoustic guitars
Charlee Throneburg- bass
Robert Crenshaw- Everything else

Recorded at Treefort Records LLC. Oak Park, MI
Produced by Robert Crenshaw
Mixed and fixed by Don Dixon at SPA Studios
Graphic Design by Michelle Lanno Wardowski
Additional graphics by Yeager Evolution.

Atheist Grace
Human beings are bonded by blood and shared human experience. In blood we are bonded by the cycles of birth and deaths and all of the trials and conquests in between. As families and societies, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.
In shared human experience we are also bonded by common mythological narratives of the cycles of birth to death, growth to decay, triumph to failure, strength to fragility, joy to heartbreak, tragedy and comedy.
Our Julian calendar is based on the astrological cycle of our planet around the Sun. Many religious holidays have their roots based in these, and the shared human experience that these, along with the cycles of life and death dictate.
In the northern hemisphere on June 21st the daylight minutes start to decrease, and this declining pattern continues until Dec. 21, when the cycle is reborn and our planet embarks on another trip around the Sun.
As animals we are connected to the cycles of the natural world unconditionally.
As human beings bonded in blood and shared human experience, let us find community and joy, embracing and celebrating those cycles together. Peace.
RC


Atheists Christmas
Written by Robert Crenshaw
Verse 1
The Holidays are complicated. It always gives me reason to pause. The solstice celebrates the birth of the new light, but it doesn’t have Santa Clause.
Chorus 1
So I’m having an Atheist Christmas. I know it’s crazy, but so? Ho, ho, ho!
I hope to find myself in a moment of pure bliss, under mistletoe, with beautiful lights and snow.
Verse 2
This year I really needed Christmas. We put up lights and got a tree. We got presents for family and friends. Some dogs and cats got some treats.
Chorus 2
So we’re having an Atheist Christmas. I know it’s crazy, but so? Ho, ho, ho.
We hope to find ourselves in a moment of pure bliss, under mistletoe, with beautiful lights and snow.
Verse 3
There was never much Christ in our Christmas, but we shared a moment as a family. We loved the Christmas songs, many written by Jews, we love the sharing and community.
Chorus 3
Yes we’re having an Atheist Christmas. I know it’s crazy, but so? Ho, ho, ho.
And I hope you find yourself in a moment of pure bliss, under mistletoe, with beautiful lights and snow.

Breakdown In The Passing Lane
Written by Robert Crenshaw
Verse 1
Slick man driving ran out of gas while trying to catch a gravy train, left their car in the left hand lane, it just wasn’t in their grain.
Breakdown in the passing lane.
Verse 2
Working stiffs driving through the heavy fog, faster than a bullet train; ran into the back of that abandoned car, with the force of a hurricane. Breakdown in the passing lane.
Bridge 1
You know that we hate to tell you this, you know how we feel your pain. We’re going to have to let you ride, that cyclone down the drain. Breakdown in the passing lane.
Verse 3
Preacher man yelling, selling, every day; says he’s been ordained. Children beware of a preacher man, offering a candy cane.
Breakdown in the passing lane.
Verse 4
Speaker man (i.e. Speaker of the House) talking to the President, paints a picture in a frame, how the rich man graces us every day, we must protect that lion’s mane. Breakdown in the passing lane.
Bridge 2
We know how we hate to tell you this. You know how we feel your pain. We’re going to have to take your home, time to face that wrecking crane ( for you, not the house) Breakdown in the passing lane


Twenty Three and One Half Degrees
Written by Robert Crenshaw
Verse 1
23 and ½ degrees brings the warmth to a summers breeze, the chill to a winters freeze. 23 and ½ degrees.
As the years mark another run, of a journey around the Sun and people we try to find some truth, they come across a little proof.
Chorus
The Earth spinning round and round, makes it looks as though the Sun rises up and sets down. Beautiful birds catch a ride and float above a summer’s breeze, all because the celestial tilt of 23 and ½ degrees.
Verse 2
Galileo and Copernicus, were both considered heretics, for espousing the heliocentric views, of the galaxy in which they knew.
Chorus
The Earth spinning round and round, makes it looks as though the Sun rises up and sets down. Beautiful birds catch a ride and float above a summer’s breeze, all because the celestial …..
Bridge
Who would have thought in the Twenty Fist Century, we would be debating evolutionary biology?
Verse 3
Kwatee, Gong Gong, Hercules, Yahweh, Athena, and Khepri. Products of mythology, literature, philosophy. As the years make another run of our journeys around the Sun, people try to find some truth. They come upon a little truth.


Chorus "Don't Let It Bring You Down"
Written by Neil Young
Verse 1
Old man lying by the side of the road with the lorries rolling by. Blue moon sinking from the weight of the load and the buildings scrape the sky.
Cold wind ripping down the alley at dawn and the morning paper flies.
Dead man lying by the side of the road with the daylight in his eyes.
Chorus
Don't let it bring you down it's only castles burning,
Find someone who's turning and you will come around.
Verse 2
Blind man running through the light of the night with an answer in his hand,
Come on down to the river of sight and you can really understand,
Red lights flashing through the window in the rain,
Can you hear the sirens moan?
White cane lying in a gutter in the lane, if you're walking home alone.
Chorus


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Aggie

Perfect Stocking Stuffer
"Atheist Christmas" fills a gap that I didn't know existed until it was filled - a Christmas theme song for Atheists. And it fills it softly. This is not a militant shout-out in a War on Christmas. It's a civilized tribute to a holiday that many of us still love and celebrate despite our inability to accept the myth as fact. Musically, it's a treat as well. Mr. Crenshaw is above-all a songwriting craftsman. Like many of his previous recordings, these tunes have a tendency to get stuck in your head - and the musicianship on the album is excellent, as well. RC plays many of the instruments himself, but he's tapped some of his friends and family to pitch-in, and the result is a very listenable blend of their talents.