Paul Alan Laughlin's

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"Christmas & Other Songs
of the Season" 

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"Angels We Have Heard on High"
is one of the more celebratory Christmas carols

"Ave Maria" 
is a popular Catholic hymn wih traditional Latin
lyrics, here set to the music of J. S. Bach by
French composer Charles Gounod

  "Ave Maria,"
is perhaps the more popular version of the same song,
with traditional lyrics and musical setting by
classical composer Franz Shubert.

"Away in a Manger" 
with verses 1 & 2 often attributed
to Martin Luther, but really anonymous; verse 3 by
J. T. McFarland; music by James R. Murray (1887).

  "Away in a Manger, Too"
is a less familiar musical setting
by William J. Kirkpatrick (1895).

newani  "Blue Christmas"
is a popular Christmas tune written by
Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It is most
connected to Elvis Presley, who recorded it
in 1957, though the recording was not released
until 1964.

"Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella"
is a sixteenth century French song; the
English words and music are anonymous.

 "Christmas, Don't Be Late"
is a
favorite from the 1960s, when it was recorded
by Dave Seville and "Alvin and the Chipmunks,"
a trio of cartoon characters, and became a huge hit.
This version is in the "odd" meter of 5/4 time,
and was inspired by a recording by the "Airmen of
Note," a jazz big band comprised of active members
the U. S. Air Force (one of five such bands that are
official military organizations based in Washington, D.C).

 "The Christmas Song"
has become perhaps the favorite seasonal tune of
all time, at least in the United States. It was written by
     Robert Wells and legendary jazz singer, Mel Torme.

newani  "Christmas Time Is Here"
is a popular Christmas song written by
Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the
1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas,"
and most famously recorded by Guaraldi himself.

"Coventry Carol"
is a sixteenth century English
Christmas song of dubious authorship

"Deck the Hall"
is a
traditional Welsh Yuletide/New Year
carol dating to the nineteenth century, with
English words by Thomas Oliphant.

  "Gentle Mary Laid Her Child"
is a traditional English Christmas hymn,
here set to Chuck Mangione's "Lullaby."

newani  "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane
in the early 1940s. The first recording artist was
Judy Garland, who sang it in the 1944
musical "Meet Me in St. Louis."

"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
by Kim Gannon, Buck Ram, and Walter Kent.
It was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943, and
is now a beloved  Christmas standard.

 "In the Bleak Mid-Winter"
is a Christmas carol based on a poem written
by Christna Rossetti in the late 1800s and set to
music by, among others, Harold Darke (in 1911).

 "Infant Lowly, Infant Holy"
is based on a traditional Polish Christmas carol that
was translated into English by Edith M. G. Reed.

"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
is a poem by a Unitarian pastor in 1849 in Massachusetts
named Edmund Spears, and set to an 1850 tune by
 Richard Storrs Willis simply titled "Carol.".

"Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"
is by Benjamin Hanby, an early (mid-1850s)
graduate of Otterbein University, where Paul
later (1979-2012) taught Religion and Philosophy.

  "Joy to the World"
is by the popular eighteenth century hymn
writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98.

newani  "Let It Snow"
was written in 1945 by lyricist Sammy Cahn
and Jule Styne in Hollywood, allegedly in July,
and during a heat wave!

"Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"
 is the German hymn"Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,'
with English lyrics by Catherine Winkworth and
music by Theodore Baker, both of whom were
eighteenth century writers.

  newani "The Little Drummer Boy"
is a popular Christmas song written in 1941
by American composer Katherine Kennicott David
and made popular via recordings in the 1950s.

 newani "O Christmas Tree"
is an English version of a German song titled
"O Tannenbaum," which was written in 1824 by
Ernst Anschuetz and set to a 16th century folk song.

"Of the Father's Love Begotten"
 is a medieval Latin plainsong (chant)
based on an ancient Roman poem.

  "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
was composed by Jonny Marks based on a story
published in 1939. It was recorded in 1949 by
TV cowboy Gene Autry, and became an
 instant classic in the 1950s.
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town"
was composed by Haven Gillespie, a native and
lifelong resident of Covington, Kentucky, where
Paul grew up. In fact, Paul is a distant relative of
his--in one of those by-marriage-twice-removed
sort of familial connections.

  "Silent Night" 
by Franz Xavier, who composed it in 1818 in
 his native German as "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht."

newani "Silver Bells"
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans was first recorded
by Bing Crosby in 1950, the same year that Bob Hope
and Marilyn Maxwell sang it in a movie titled
"The Lemon Drop Kid"
lent Night" 

"Sweet Little Jesus Boy" 
with words and music by Robert MacGimsey,
it was published in 1934, and popularized by
Mahalia Jackson, the premier gospel singer of her day.

"Up on the House Top" 
is another Christmas classic by Benjamin Hanby,
an early (mid-1850s) graduate of Otterbein University,
where Paul much later taught Religion and Philosophy.
newani  "We Wish You a Feliz Navidad"
is really the 16th-century English Christmas carol,
but set to a Latin beat with a hint or two of
the popular 20th-century hit "Feliz Navidad" 

 "What Child Is This?"
was composed by William Chatterton Dix, and set
to the traditional English folk song "Greensleeves."

newani  "White Christmas"
is a Christmas favorite written around 1940 by
Irvin Berlin and released as a single featuring
Bing Crosby. That version is supposedly the
best-selling single recording of all time.

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This is my home Keyboard Room/Recording Studio. It was formerly a living room,
but on the other side of the conveniently-located kitchen, there is a huge family
room, where the family actually spends most of its time when we are at home.

Nearly all of the recording is done in the corner at the far end of the room. You
will notice no  microphones in this photo, because digital recording doesn't
require them, though they are always an option for the acoustic instruments,
like the baby grand piano and the Hammond B-3 organ, which are pictured,
and horns, drums, guitars, and other instruments that may be used
from time to time.

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