7 small winter songs

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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1.
01:04
2.
01:20
dark at midnight, all the people are gone way past midnight, here the lights are all on gold light green light blue light red on the lawn down the lane and then to sleep
3.
02:16
snow is falling in amsterdam and all the streets are quiet man is calling to fellow man "ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, ding dong"
4.
01:03
i remember this staring at the snow feeling the cold winter comes and nothing calls us home like love like love like love
5.
shiny tinsel, shiny beads shiny lights on shiny trees all the children sing to me of christmas of christmas
6.
there's delmar and elsmere and slingerlands and glenmont and selkirk in bethlehem the hudson, the catskills and albany and placid and george it snows in winter it rains in fall it snows in winter it snows it snows in winter it snows
7.
03:33
all of the stars in the heavens stare at themselves in the river none more vain than the other moon looks on like a mother wind says to tree, says to window "sleep--go to sleep, go to sleep. dream sweet dreams and remember; snow falls deep in december"

about

7 small winter songs. I wrote these songs in one day and Jeff and I recorded them in three, in the middle of recording Half Hours With the Lower Creatures. It started as a kind of joke/challenge I made to a friend, who declined to participate. I suggested we each try to write 10 holiday songs in a single day. I decided to plow forward and did write 10 songs in all, but wound up recording just these seven. I had to relearn the songs just to record them, and later, to play them live. It's a strange feeling to write things so fast you forget them an hour later! I've grown to really love these little songs that started on a whim. I like the little bit of melancholy in them, but also the memories of snow, warmth, cold, and all the stuff of the holidays. p.s...Jeff's cats were, per usual, a big part of this recording. You can hear Franz in Amsterdam (big jump from the top of the piano to the floor--plop!). Ida is a sweet silent presence throughout.

credits

released November 1, 2007

Rachel--all songs, words and music. piano, various stuff, singing
Jeff Stuart Saltzman--drum on Peacock Lane, recording/mixing/mastering

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Rachel Taylor Brown Portland, Oregon

Rachel was born in Portland and lives nearby with her beloved husband Jay. She makes disturbing yet ultimately sensible songs you can sometimes dance to.

She sees loads of ugly and beauty in the world. Trying to capture that sweet and sour thing in a song is what she’s mostly trying to do.

She records with audio midwife and dear friend Jeff Stuart Saltzman and his cats.

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