After enjoying a certain amount of success as a recording artist in the late
1980’s and 1990’s, I knew it was inevitable Narada, my label during this
time, would ask me to record a Christmas album. I had contributed to several
of their holiday collections including 1985’s Solstice, with Canadian
pianist Michael Jones and I equally sharing the spotlight, but the time was
drawing near for me to step out on my own.
I spent several years selecting and arranging my favorite carols, in between
touring and other recording dates, and then in 1994 my first solo holiday
album, Christmas Eve, was released. In concert I have referred to this
collection of well-known carols, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, as
“Presbyterian’s Greatest Hits!”
There were big changes ahead in the late 90’s as my manager, W.F.Leopold,
procured a new contract for me with Decca Records. Then shortly after
leaving Narada in 1999, they released The Christmas Album, culled from a
live 1989 holiday concert at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, selections
from Christmas Eve, and several of my non-holiday songs that fit the tone
and mood of this collection.
The following year I created a new solo piano recording for Decca entitled
Angel In My Stocking; holiday music and solo renditions of several pieces
from my World At Peace Concerto. (From the Grammy nominated East of the
Angel In My Stocking was originally only available for a one-day sale on a
home shopping cable channel back in 2000. This happened to be on the very
same day as the long awaited announcement of the dramatic Bush/Gore
presidential election results, a day most of us here in the USA were glued
to our televisions, more interested in the counting of the “hanging chads”
than in shopping! After this one-day sale, the recording went back on the preverbal shelf.
Then in 2004 a limited edition CD of Angel In My Stocking, with a few bonus
tracks, was created and given a bit more distribution via my website and
live performances, however, it has never been widely available.
Now, with five new solo piano holiday pieces, an arrangement of John
Lennon’s classic, Happy Christmas (War is Over), several newly recorded and
re-released carols from Angel In My Stocking, and a handful of snowy
improvisations, I am happy to offer you this new holiday music collection.
My wish is that this music will help to create a sense of peace and
celebration in your home and add a dash of the true spirit of the season.
The spirit of JOY ... the spirit of JOY NOEL~