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My wife Liz and I have been together since we were teens. Music brought us together and has always been a comfort to us, especially when we had nothing else – just a cassette tape and a Walkman.

While we didn’t have much, without music we would have had even less. We know we’re not alone in that. So we thought we would pay it forward, so to speak.  The proceeds from this record are going to resources for homeless youth.

SIDE ONE

Quasi Christmas on Credit

Written: Sam Coomes.  Copyright 2013, Shang Dynasty Music BMI. Produced by Quasi.

Rob Crow Wasail Among Us 

Music and Lyrics: Rob Crow. 

Joe Jack Talcum Christmas Waltz

Written and published: Joseph Genaro, BMI.  Recorded and mixed: Michael Batchelor at Kettle Pot Tracks http://www.kettlepottracks.com.  Vocals, guitar, glockenspiel: Joe Jack Talcum.  Ukelele, trumpet, autoharp, bass, backing vocals: Michael Batchelor.  Drums: Marshall Fischer.  Produced: Michael Batchelor and Joe Jack Talcum.

The Human Hearts June is as Cold as December 

Written: Marge Barton.  Vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, organ: Franklin Bruno.  Harmony vocal, drums, tambourine: Matt Houser. Electric guitar: Pete Galub. Bass: Dmitry Ishenko. Engineered: Mitch Rackin at Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn in May/June 2012.

David Ivar aka Black Yaya I Fought the Lord

Written/lyrics/music: David Ivar. Based on the song “I Fought the Law” by Sonny Curtis and the Crickets; written/lyrics: Sonny Curtis.  All instruments: David Ivar.  Produced, recorded, mixed: David Ivar at Lil’Yello’Shack in 2013.  Published/copyright: Yaya Tova/Sony ATV.

Golden Boots Mele Kalikimaka

Written: Robert Alex Anderson.

Wckr Spgt The Ballad of Snowy Brown

Written: Jeremy Goff.  Music: Wckr Spgt. Vocals: Joel Huschle. Drums, sleigh bells and glockenspiel: Kyle Brodie.  Bass: Dave Carpenter. Guitars: Mark Givens. Angelic Voices: Emily Moultrie.  Recorded: With Jon Crawford at Interstellar Music in October 2012.

Refrigerator Christmas in the Sun

Music: Chris Jones. Lyrics: Allen Callaci.


SIDE TWO

The Music Tapes Let it Snow by the Musical Saws 

Ida with Storey Littleton Heard it From Heaven Today.

Written: Ruth Crawford Seeger. 

Nima Kazerouni featuring Maston “Dear Santa, This World is Strange”

Wooden Wand Silver Bells

Traditional

Outravez Banu Hoschech Legaresh VINYL EXCLUSIVE

Words: Sarah Levi-Tnai.  Music: Imanuel Amiran.

Jason Lytle Piano Falls Asleep in the Bushes

Music: Jason Lytle.

Mike Watt First Noel

Traditional

Terry Riley God Rest Ye

Traditional

Extra special thanks goes out to all of the artists involved and to the community of people who made this possible. A special thank you to Kettle Pot Tracks (http://www.kettlepottracks.com) for donating studio time. Thanks to Jad Fair, the Dixon family, the Muchas, Shrimper Records, PIAPTK, Car In Car and Sonic Enemy for inspiration.