Scott Riggan | Bethlehem

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Bethlehem

by Scott Riggan

Christmas with a twist.
Genre: Holiday: Pop
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1. Bethlehem
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2. Joy To The World
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3. What Child Is This
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4. Silent Night
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5. Anthem For Christmas
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6. Remember Bethlehem (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Here are Scott's comments on his new Christmas CD "Bethlehem":

I had a lot of fun creating fresh arrangements of JOY TO THE WORLD, WHAT CHILD IS THIS and SILENT NIGHT. What's the point of doing a familiar song if it sounds just like everyone else's version?

I wrote BETHLEHEM with Randy Thomas ("Butterfly Kisses") and Ben Bauman a couple of years ago. I love the vivid imagery and the slightly middle-eastern melodic touches. Definitely not your typical Christmas tune...

I've always loved ANTHEM FOR CHRISTMAS ... It was on Michael W. Smith's first Christmas record. I gave it a few tweaks to make it more of a "pop anthem"... The album closes with REMEMBER BETHLEHEM, which connects the dots from the manger to the cross.


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Stephan Petty

Christmas music that doesn't suck!
I usually avoid Christmas music -- it's always either unbearable sappy (think "The Christmas Shoes" - yech) or just tired retreads of the same old songs. Scott's "Bethlehem" CD is simply great music that happens to be about Christmas. The title song is so cool I know it will stay in my ipod all year long. The "classic" songs ("Joy To The World", etc.) are tunes that we're all sick of -- but Scott's reinterpretations are actually really great! Even though Scott's songwriting is very good, he seems to have a special knack for re-working old songs (like his hit, "I Love You Lord"). The only thing wrong with this CD is that when it's over you want to hear more.

Christian Musician Magazine, Shawn McLaughlin


I am not a fan of Christmas albums......at all. However, when someone does it right (last years City On a Hill and Nicole C. Mullen) I have to give props. I am going to have to add "Bethlehem" to that list. The re-imagining of the 3 traditional cuts is really long overdue. I am always annoyed at how people seem to treat these songs with "kid gloves" thus adding nothing new of substance to their readings. Riggan did a great job of remaining faithful to the spirit of the originals yet breathing fresh life into them. I especially like the violin throughout the project. The originals are very good as well, though I must say that "Anthem for Christmas" is my favorite cut of all. It really benefits from the multi layered vocal tracking and has a pure pop feel reminiscent of my favorite Beatles and Byrds moments. Nicely done!

Chris Levin

Merry Christmas!!!
This is a GREAT XMAS CD! All the remakes are creative and fresh and the new stuff is even better!

Candice J.

good all year!
I love Christmas music, and every year (right about mid-summer) I pull out a couple of holiday CDs to mix with whatever else I'm listening to. I don't remember even buying Scott's Bethlehem CD (it must be my brother's), so I popped it in to see what it was like. Wow! This is so so soooo good! I have never, ever heard anything like the Bethlehem song. The other's are great too but I wish the whole project was longer and had more of Scott's original tunes like that one.