Christmas Blues is a passionate, romantic love song about missing that someone special during Christmas time. The song was recorded by Boston-based Israeli singing treasure Gitit Shoval, and composed by international jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen, a faculty member of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education.
“Christmas Blues was composed during a walk back from the Boston Public Library”, recalls Katsenelenbogen. “I had to return a book which was left in the apartment by a former roommate, and decided to walk to the library instead of taking the subway. It was around Christmas time, and I was just getting over a romantic crush. As I was walking on the way back home from the library, the lyrics and music started playing in my head. By the time I got back home, most of the song was already composed in my mind. I sat on the sofa in my living room, away from the piano, and completed it”.
“But it was only after one word in the lyrics was changed a few years later, that the song was finally ready for release”, recalls Katsenelenbogen. Originally, the lyrics were: “You told me that it’s better to have one great pleasure instead of many little ones”. The word “pleasure” in this context did not sound romantic enough for Katsenelenbogen. “For the longest time I couldn't come up with a good substitution for it, until my wonderful friend Ellie Malick suggested switching pleasure to treasure – an ingenious idea!”
Soon after that, Katsenelenbogen contacted Gitit Shoval with a request to record another song which he had written. “It was a very sad song about a tragic event in my family”, recalls Katsenelenbogen. “Gitit responded to my request in a way which deeply inspired. Her husband Ron and her daughter Tutti, an incredible vocalist in her own right with whom I had the great pleasure of working as well, came with her to the studio to support our recording. The Shoval family is much like the Partridge Family – all family members are musicians, and they often perform together. It was invaluable to have the experience and input of Ron and Tutti in the studio. This helped us produce a successful recording session.”
Music producer Vincere Sylph produced the arrangement of Christmas Blues and mastered the song. “Vince’s contribution was paramount”, says Katsenelenbogen.
Gitit Shoval: Biographic Blurb
Gitit Shoval was first discovered at the pre-Eurovision contest of 1979 when she was just 13 years old. Since then, she has performed around the world, both as a solo performer and with various musical ensembles.
Gitit has performed on six solo albums, and she has four holiday and children's albums to her credit. Gitit’s seventh solo album complements her current show, "From Gershwin to Dylan: The Genius of Jewish Songwriters."
In addition to her work for adult audiences, Gitit Shoval has provided the Hebrew voice of many children's characters, including Smurfette, Barbie for Mattel's direct-to-DVD series, Rupert Bear, and many more.
For more information about Gitit Shoval visit: http://www.gititconcerts.com
Eyran Katsenelenbogen: Biographic Blurb
Master jazz pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen have performed around the world, in venues ranging from the town hall of Katzenelnbogen, Germany, where his great ancestor was born in 1482, to Boston’s landmark Jordan Hall and New York’s Iridium jazz club. Eyran’s has released more then a dozen commercial albums to date to rave reviews from noted music publications, such as “All About Jazz” which stated that “he sets the bar towards which all other pianists must strive”.
Since 1996, Eyran has been teaching for the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education. In addition to his international career as a teacher and solo performer, Eyran is also the lyricist and composer of several songs, among them “Christmas Blues”, which was composed in 2007 and released in 2012.
For the past 23 years Eyran has been working on a book, his autobiographical philosophical diary in Hebrew titled “One Time”.
For more information about Eyran Katsenelenbogen visit: http://www.eyran.com