This year, there are 13 tracks in all, and the styles are as varied as ever, with artists ranging from indie-folk band Pure Ivy, pop/soul/R&B singer Morgan James and "sexadelic freak" funk singers Lounge on Fire to Eastern European/jazz/Israeli/ Sephardic band The Moody Jews. Lindsey Hunt, Leta Harris Neustaedter, Zack Quintana, Rob Harding, Vashti Summervill, Swillbilly, Steve Fulton, Belinda Bowler and Dan Costello round out the yuletide tunes.
The songs run the gamut of moods, too. James kicks off the CD with an energetic take on "What Christmas Means to Me," whereas Henderson softly sings "Seasons Change," which is about how love is the best gift of all. Quintana delivers "Christmas Boogie" with a bouncy twist, while Fulton adds a little magic to traditional favorite, "Winter Wonderland."
Not only will this local release help get you in the spirit of the season, sales will also benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance, helping to provide safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault for local families.
Overall, the collection is as warm and smooth as hot chocolate on a snowy day. To hear for yourself, catch performances from a few of the musicians on the CD (and pick up a copy or two) at The Record Exchange on First Thursday, Dec. 6, or come by for a full concert at Visual Arts Collective on Wednesday, Dec. 13.