There’s always a story behind the song.
Christmas & holiday music can really set the tone for our gatherings & our overall feeling around this sacred time of year. In this episode, I share some of the favorites that I’ve recorded & performed with my sister, Kelly Brown, first as the duo Frankly Scarlet & now as Local Honey. Enjoy the music of the season & the stories behind the tunes.
2:50 – Story: “Holiday Cheer” – originally written by Kelly Brown as a short piece for the National Cheerleaders Assoc. when they performed at the Hula Bowl. It later became a full song that she & I perform at the annual Local Honey Holiday Mix.
4:42 – SONG: “Holiday Cheer” (Live from the Local Honey Holiday Mix) – Get both live & studio version on ITunes!
7:58 – Story of deep family trauma, a “silent” pilgrimage to the Holy Land, & the song that showed up on the bus to Galilee.
12:33 – SONG: “Mary’s Very First Christmas” – written by Wood Newton, Mike Loudermilk, & Daniel Johnson. Performed by Kelly Brown & Local Honey (featuring Kim Brown Cain).
16:03 – On to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville to perform “Mary’s Very First Christmas” – our first rendition, learned
en-route to the Bluebird!
18:21 – STORY: The surreal journey of our mothers passing at the holidays & the beautiful music that resulted.
20:29 – SONG: “Jingle (Oh, What Fun)”
23:26 – Minor keys bring a mystical feel to sacred songs & call up some of the deeper emotions associated with Christmas. “Coventry Carol”, a medieval carol dating back to the 16th Century (or earlier), is from a lullaby sung by mothers of children in the “Massacre of the Innocents”, when Herod ordered the murder of all male children under the age of two. “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” conjures the knowledge of “God with us”. We know this, innately, in our spirits.
25:04 – SONGS: “Coventry Carol” & “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
32:27 – SONG: Now for some sexy! “Santa Baby”
36:18 – SONG: “Mary, Did You Know” (Live from the Local Honey Holiday Mix)
41:11 – Intentional awareness of love saves us.
42:15 – No matter what path we’re taking, putting our attention on our spiritual life can make the greatest difference. The most powerful thing I’ve ever experienced is the Christ Consciousness – the boundless love of God.
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Be love.
• More from songwriter, Wood Newton, in Ep012 of the Naked Vibes Show.