We’d like to thank the folks over at the Music is Good blog for pointing folks to Chandler’s version (albeit under the pseudonym “Remedios the Beauty”) of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” from our holiday extravaganza “Another Christmas Gift for You”
Not that it all has to be bleak midwinter or determined revisionism. Sean Smith’s solo guitar version of Silent Night plays it straight, letting the original tune shine through sheer patience, giving each note, each transition its resonant place before moving on. The rest of the album on which that track occurs, simply titled Christmas, exhibits the same virtues. Oscar Peterson’s riotous God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, on the other hand, sparkles with joyful virtuosity without overstaying its welcome. Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Remedios the Beauty, from a Sonic Trout Records Christmas compilation, is just over a minute of light-hearted, playful bass and scat singing, but has more than its share of “songness” and brings a carefree tone that is, I think, not an entirely unfitting response to the original.
We’d like to add that the track is available for download, as is the full album. In addition, from now until the end of 2011 we are offering free shipping on orders of the actual CD (along with other Chandler Travis Philharmonic CDs and T-Shirts).
Here’s a link to the full blog post – it’s a good read!