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Holiday Songs And Lullabies


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1. In The Bleak Mid-Winter
2. Christmas Time Is Here
3. Now The Day Is Over
4. Rocking
5. Windy Nights
6. All Through The Night
7. Love Came Down At Christmas
8. Silent Night
9. All The Pretty Li'l Horses
10. Little Road To Bethlehem
11. Seal Lullaby
12. Evening Is A Little Boy/The Night Will Never Stay
13. The Christ Child's Lullaby
14. Close Your Eyes

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Inspired by impending motherhood and the rediscovery of a favorite children's book--the enchanting Maurice Sendak-illustrated Lullabies and Night Songs, from whence many of these traditional tunes come--Grammy winner Shawn Colvin has made a quietly beautiful recording. Holiday Songs and Lullabies offers cozy comfort like cradling a newborn and nuzzling the sweet-smelling softness of a downy fontanel. These simple, elegant songs outshine any nasty humbug associated with holidays and dark nights, offering sanctuary from the ill temper of the season. Though she was heavy with child at the time of recording, Colvin's sweet, girlish voice is here huskily warmed and enhanced by the fullness of womanly glow, conjuring the innocent simplicity of a safe childhood. Inspired string and horn sections elegantly strengthen piano, organ, acoustic guitar, and lap and pedal-steel. Yet where Colvin's gifts have at times in the past been dimmed by overproduction, here producer, arranger, and keyboard player Doug Petty buoys Colvin's considerable talent without overshadowing or rendering these lovely carols overly precious. --Paige La Grone

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Lullabies? Holiday Songs? Oh but wait.......... Nov. 12 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As an ardent fan of Shawn Colvin, I must admit I had my doubts when I first heard her new album would be a Christmas release featuring lullabies. In my opinion many holiday albums tend to be pretensious and lack originality. And lullabies? Not exactly what I was hoping for from my favorite singer/songwriter. However after I listened to the first track I was won over.
The beauty of this album is in its simplicity. None of songs sound contrived or overdone, but rather make the most of Shawn's subtle voice and distinctive style. Whether accompanied by a guitar or a brass choir, the arrangments never over power. I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to this album. Also, like with the Cover Girl album, I discovered some old songs I never knew that have become favorite.
It is a very soothing and relaxing album that does not compromise Shawn's body of work.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Songs sung with love Dec 13 2002
By Neal Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is indeed a beautiful album. It opens with the traditional "In the Bleak Midwinter" and then goes directly into the classic "Christmas Time Is Here" from "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Another traditional but seldom heard number is "Rocking", and then there's the haunting lullaby, "All Through The Night". "Silent Night" is the one absolute Christmas standard here. And "Close Your Eyes", Brahms Lullaby, is heard from time to time on Christmas CDs, though it isn't truly a Christmas song. However, with Shawn's voice, all of these are good.
Regretfully, I can't put this album into the same category that I have put CDs by other female vocalists such as Judy Collins, Natalie Cole, Anne Murray, or Julie Andrews. But this is a good folksy type classic record to own.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Perfect Baby Gift Oct. 26 1999
By Kimberly Harne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I spotted this CD last year when looking for Christmas music and instantly fell in love with it. I quickly bought up a few more copies to give as "just-for-nothing" gifts for my friend who was expecting at the time, and my sister, who will have her baby next month. They both found the CD incredibly soothing and lovely. I just wish the book that provided the inspiration wasn't so difficult to find now!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A very different Christmas album Jan. 12 2005
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As the title might imply, this is a very mellow album that might send you to sleep if you are in any way tired. But if you were to fall asleep while this CD is playing, you'd miss some great music. The book from which Shawn selected these carols and lullabies obviously contains many songs that are rarely heard these days, making this particularly interesting for those looking for something different, though there one song here that is famous all around the world - Silent night, which works as a lullaby as well as a carol.

The opening track, In the bleak midwinter, is a wonderful old English carol and it's great to hear this sung by an American - a rare occurrence. Rocking is another old English carol, one that is particularly suited to this album, being both a holiday song and a lullaby. All through the night is a carol I've heard before but recordings of it seem to be even rarer than Rocking and In the bleak midwinter.

Elsewhere, there are beautiful songs such as Windy nights (words by Robert Louis Stevenson), All the pretty li'l horses, Little road to Bethlehem and Love came down at Christmas. The final track is Close your eyes, so it seems that Shawn really does want you to fall asleep after that.

This is definitely not a typical Christmas album but very soothing - and very satisfying.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Music, As Always Dec 14 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My dad is an avid Shawn Colvin fan, and so I've grown up listening to her in the car, on road trips, while making dinner, and sitting around the living room. I used to be irritated by it (apparently, I would have much rather had been listening to my Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas cassette tape). But now, I'm the biggest fan of Shawn's songwriting and her music. This CD lulls me to sleep at night after a stressful day, even mid-July, and is a staple around my house at Christmastime. I've never really liked Christmas albums, but this one isn't typical. Be prepared for a pleasant surprise. There's a nice mixture of Christmas and wintery sitting-by-the-fire-in-my-slippers music, as well as some sweet, rare lullabies that showcase Shawn's amazing voice. I love this CD. So will you. Also, check out her other CDs...Steady On, Cover Girl, and A Few Small Repairs are all wonderful CDs, as well.


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