An Altared Christmas
A tweaked collection of standard Christmas carols redone in a minor mode resulting in trippy, alternative moods. Perfect for that "Altared" holiday get-together.
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"An Altared Christmas" is a totally tweaked collection of Christmas carols offered up by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Rhan Wilson.
With this CD, he asks the musical question, "What happens to joyously major-key songs when they are suddenly recast in a minor mode?"
The result is "An Altared Christmas," a sometimes spooky, often funny, completely bizzare and oddly satisfying collection of nine familiar Christmas carols, bent by Wilson's inspired vision.
The record gives nine hackneyed holiday songs a fresh angle while retaining the original lyrics and melodies. It opens up with an eerie, ambient "Silent Night." "A Visit From St. Nicholas" gets a quiet, quirky jazz treatment reminiscent of Lord Buckley, that takes a turn when Santa sparks up his famous pipe. The normally chirpy "Deck the Halls" becomes the lament of a mournful mom tending to her wailing baby. On a comic note, a mall girl whines her way through "Away in A Manger," at the same time cracking her way through the lyrics. (Like, what is like, nigh?)
A closing bonus track of even more edgy laughter is sure to send you back out into the Christmas chaos refreshed and ready to face the rigors of the season - with renewed energy and a slightly naughty smile.
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Jazz the Dog at Stockwell Cellars
Stockwell Cellars, 1100 Fair Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
Another great time at the winery with Jazz The Dog: Rhan Wilson, Rick Zeek, Patti Maxine, and Michael Westendorp.
Jazz The Dog at Joe's Bar
Joe's Bar, 13118 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek, CA
Rhan Wilson, Patti Maxine, Rick Zeek, and Michael Westendorp are Jazz The Dog and no, they don't play jazz - they play a mix of inspired Americana, originals, and some jazzy soulful deep grooves. Come up the valley to Joe's, or come down from the mountains - it's all good.