7 small winter songs

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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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.


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 and lives in Portland with her beloved husband Jay and 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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Track Name: peacock lane
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
Track Name: amsterdam
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"
Track Name: winter
i remember this
staring at the snow
feeling the cold

winter comes
and nothing calls us home
like love
like love
like love
Track Name: song for the goy
shiny tinsel, shiny beads
shiny lights on shiny trees
all the children sing to me of christmas
of christmas
Track Name: bethlehem, ny
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
Track Name: december
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"