Haven’t seen me in quite some time eh? ;o)
~THE POLYPHONIC SPREE’S TRIPPY HOLIDAYDREAM~
The Polyphonic Spree’s first full-length album since 2007’s The Fragile Army is a trippy hippy Christmas album made for celebrating the holidays in jester-like frontman Tim DeLaughter’s magical choir-filled world of Christmasland. The album plays as if DeLaughter is guiding us through a snowy excursion, very musical-like that is reminiscent of The Who’s Tommy.
The first melodic, choir-filled track on Holidaydream “Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One” is a cover of John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band - Happy Xmas (War is Over), a B-Side to their 2004 single Two Thousand Places.
An interesting facet to this record is its inclusion of quite a few instrumentals that feature the harp and flute especially in a minor key, giving a new spin to holiday favorites such as Silent Night.
The record is sonically dreamy and quite a major departure from the typical holiday album. The band has taken on the standards of the holidays and totally re-created the songs sonically. An example of this is the band’s rendition of Silver Bells and Let It Snow.
DeLaughter and flutist Audrey take us on a trip in Do You Hear What I Hear? / Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy), the band’s brilliant new hit. The sound is traditionally grandiose featuring a sparkling horn section and beautiful choir.
White Christmas is a heart-warming duet between DeLaughter and who I am assuming is one of his children.
The beautifully layered piano and flute on It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year showcase the really talented artists that make up this band.
The Silver Bells (Reprise) honestly sounds like a sun is rising. The use of sun metaphors is something this band is famous for, and in this song the sun heralds in the bells and Christmas morning. Another hit for The Spree!
Holidaydream, the instrumental title track, completes The Polyphonic Spree’s new Christmas album and floats us out just like A Working Elf’s Theme brought us in - in wonder of Christmas season.
The Polyphonic Spree’s new album, Holidaydream, is out on October 22, 2012.
The Polyphonic Spree.
Tim DeLaughter & AngieZ. Boston, 2012. You can view more pics from this show here.
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In case anyone is wondering why I haven’t been blogging for the past three days, it’s because THIS fell on my power lines during the Halloween Nor’easter. Yesterday National Grid said it would take them AT LEAST two days to move the tree and then they need to work on restoring the power. I have been without power or hot water for days now and am beginning to get sick, not to mention having stomach pains from nothing decent to eat. Tonight (thank GOD) an old friend has offered to let me stay at her house until the power is restored… the electric company says by Thursday evening at the latest, I somewhat do not believe them. I was also hosting a Halloween party at my house the day the snowstorm hit and in case anyone is wondering it has been rescheduled to Sunday, November 6th from 5-11pm. IF I have power and hot water by then. I will TRY to keep everyone posted via Facebook. The only access to the internet I have is on my smartphone that can only be charged in THE CAR. Thanks for understanding and wish me luck. If there’s one thing I’ve learned through all this, it’s to fend for yourself, because in times of need no one is around.
READY for Halloween?!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!
“Summer is on its way out…”
The days begin to feel different
like that shift after you
realize you aren’t “the one.”
How about some consistency?
“It’s New England, it’s supposed to be like this!”
they all say.
The sun feels warmer in the summer,
as naked happy toes float along the shore.
Naked means bare: raw, exposed, YOURS.
Just like my heart was that summer day…
But here comes the chill
A New Englander at heart.
-Angela L. Zajac-
Some things are never enough,
The options are completely limitless…
an angel waits patiently,
whether this thing or that thing will set her free.
Will it ever be?
The is is all there is.
When we fly,
maybe this time,
The thing that is…
will be IT.
But what IS it?
Just waiting for the I
To catch a ride in the sky.
-Angela L. Zajac-
I can’t stop hopping around the house to this hot track, recommended by pinion413!
All Of This by Naked And Famous
From Passive Me, Aggressive You
The historic North Brookfield Town House, built in 1864, has stood vacant for the past decade. This architectural masterpiece was built by the prominent Worcester architect Elbridge Boyden, who also designed Mechanics Hall.