Peter Mayer | Stars & Promises Alive

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Stars & Promises Alive

by Peter Mayer

Like the rich, fully produced folk of James Taylor met with the jazzy, sophisticated touch of Sting and livened up with the catchy knack for Pop of Paul Simon- all dedicated to bringing you one of your all-time favorite Christmas albums.
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1. The Story of Christmas
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5:34 album only
2. Christmas OvertureI Saw Three Ships, Inam Betheleil, Oh Come O C
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7:31 album only
3. Sing Joy
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5:30 album only
4. Little Drummer Boy
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5:52 album only
5. Harmony
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5:12 album only
6. This Christmas
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4:45 album only
7. Angles We Have Heard On High/Carol of the Bells
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6:42 album only
8. Stars and Promises
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5:27 album only
9. Love Is Born Anew
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6:05 album only
10. Hey Joseph
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5:28 album only
11. This Town
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5:24 album only
12. Ring Out The Bells
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13. Silent Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Stars & Promises Alive" is a follow-up from Mayer's first Christmas album entitled, "Stars and Promises." "Stars & Promises Alive" was recorded live at one of the immensely popular Peter Mayer Christmas concerts of the same name, in Nashville, TN.

This album includes four new original songs: "The Story of Christmas," "Harmony" (which was co-written and performed as a duet with acclaimed songwriter Mac McAnally), "Hey Joseph," and "This Town"; as well as some of the favorites from the original "Stars and Promises" CD. "Stars & Promises Alive" also includes fresh renditions of "Little Drummer Boy," "Angels We Have Heard On High/Carol of the Bells," and "Silent Night."

As with the "Stars and Promises" CD, Mayer adds Native American wood flute, percussion from around the world, and a strings section to his distinctive acoustic guitar performance. The enthusiastic applause heard between songs lets listeners embrace how electrifying the live Christmas performances are.

Included in the CD liner notes is the following message:
"When I told friends I was recording a Live Christmas Concert in September, one joked, 'So what's next, a 4th of July celebration in January?' It was a little crazy to be looking for Christmas trees, decking the halls and rehearsing Christmas tunes out of season, but the Spirit of Christmas defies the norm, breaks the 'rules,' and awakens us in unexpected ways. At 8pm, September 6th, in the Martha Rivers Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt University, among musicians, technicians, video crew, sound crew, and an audience full of friends and fans willing to ring out the bells a little early, we were carried into Christmas: A Star to guide us, a song to remind us, the promises of Christmas were here, alive for any season." Peter Mayer


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Suda Suvarna

Here comes another classic from PM!!
This CD is so out of the ordinary when it comes to its lyrics and composition, I thoroughly enjoy listening to it over and over again with my family. I really like the unique sound, which is a combination of cool strings, flute, and a unique touch of percusssions. All in all this CD will brighten up your holidays for sure!

Dawn Marek

This CD is one of the BEST CHRISTMAS CD'S EVER!
I can't say how much I love the Holiday Season and now I have it all. I have a large variety of Christmas music and this one just puts me in the Holiday mood of another kind. I now want to see the Christmas show in DC! Next year for sure!

Gail B

terrific cd
Very enjoyable cd with a mix of well known Christmas songs and new music.