Andy Mason & Joshua Belter | Songs from a Brief History of Christmas Music

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Songs from a Brief History of Christmas Music

by Andy Mason & Joshua Belter

Familiar and family friendly Christmas songs performed with an acoustic guitar and some harmony vocals.
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1. We Wish You a Merry Christmas Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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2. The Twelve Days of Christmas Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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3. Jingle Bells Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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4. Up On the Housetop Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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7. Here Comes Santa Claus Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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8. Frosty the Snowman Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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9. Jingle Bell Rock Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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10. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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11. Holly Jolly Christmas Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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12. Must Be Santa Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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13. Feliz Navidad Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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14. Happy Xmas Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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15. Heat Miser - Snow Miser Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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16. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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17. The Man Who Would Be Santa Andy Mason & Joshua Belter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Songs from "A Brief History of Christmas Music" was recorded at Studio 21 in Portales, NM Sept/Oct 2011. The 17 songs are from a program I have been performing for the last three years called "A Brief History of Christmas Music" which features information, history and interesting trivia about each song. The program is performed with the help of the audience. For the program to be at its best, the audience must be singing along. Lyric sheets are handed out to audience members prior to the performance. For the past few years at the end of the program I have been asked if the songs are available for purchase, this year I'll finally get to answer "yes!"

I had a lot of help in the making of this album and I am grateful to everyone who took the time to come to the studio and share their talents. The children who sang on Must Be Santa are Rebecca Christensen, Dayton Miles, Addison and Elijah Pritchett and Kayla Sturm. I'd also like to thank the parents for letting me borrow their kids for a little while and for bringing them over to the studio.

For the harmony vocals I have two very talented gentlemen to thank. Don Thomas, who sang the harmonies on The Man Who Would Be Santa, and is a man that I am truly proud to call my friend, did an outstanding job despite the fact that he had a frog in his throat and other much more important things on his mind. Thanks Don! All the other harmonies were beautifully and skillfully done by Joshua Belter, who has been my good friend and musical companion for nearly 20 years! If you like the sounds that Josh and I make together check out our other singles and album releases as the band Fast Time Constant (FTC). Josh did such an outstanding job on so many songs that it seemed only fitting to add his name to the front of the album.

Finally, thanks to Anne for being the best "spousal equivalent" a guy could ask for. Her patience, love and encouragement are about all I need.


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E.K.

My own private Christmas show
Leave it to Andy Mason to improve upon an idea that's done a 1,000 times a year. While most musicians pour more and more money into elaborate productions and failed attempts to rewrite the classics, Mr. Mason shows us what Christmas is really about. He strips the songs back down to the way they are meant to be heard. With his trusty guitar on his lap, Andy and his friend Josh knock 17 tunes out of the park. The focus is on the music, not the musician which makes the album inviting. I even found myself singing along. The production of the record makes it feel like Andy and Josh are sitting in your living room, giving a private Christmas concert just for you and your family. That's one of the best gifts I can imagine getting this holiday season.

Maria

Awesome!!!
We downloaded this album right as the holiday season set upon us! We have been looking for some solid Christmas music that was faithful to the traditional tunes and inviting for us to sing along with. My two year old daughter went to sleep singing Christmas tunes that first night! We are so happy to include this album in our family holiday tradition. Andy Mason has an amazing voice and is a wonderful guitar player. Aided in his effort by other talented individuals Mr. Mason has made this an instant classic in our house. Seriously, we've listened to it approximately one zillion times already and are loving it every time. I can't recommend this album enough!