The Sounding Joy – A Christmas CD from Elizabeth Mitchell (**HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY**)


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Ready or not, Christmas is on the way.  And with it brings the songs of the season.  I love Christmas songs!  Apparently, Elizabeth Mitchell does, too.  In her new album, The Sounding Joy, she includes 24 folk Christmas carols, some of which you may already know and others which may be new to you.  I particularly enjoyed hearing new songs!

From the Publisher, Smithsonian Folkways:

The Sounding Joy is a spirited collection of folk carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas. Featuring Elizabeth Mitchell and a luminary list of her musical family, friends, and neighbors, this album celebrates the spirit of community and homespun traditions that existed in times before the commercialization of Christmas. Natalie Merchant, Aoife O’Donovan, Amy Helm, John Sebastian, Dan Zanes, Happy Traum, and many others including special guest Peggy Seeger all add their voices to pay tribute to a collection revered in the canon of American Music.

 Here is a list of songs on this CD, each featuring Elizabeth Mitchell:

Oh, Mary and the Baby, Sweet Lamb

Mary Had a Baby

Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow (with Mike Merenda)

January, February (Last Month of the Year) (with Amy Helm and Marco Benevento)

Joseph and Mary (The Cherry Tree Carol) (with Simi Stone)

Shine Like a Star in the Morning (with Simi Stone)

Joy to the World (with Jay Ungar)

Christmas Day in the Morning (with Peggy Seeger)

Mother’s Child (Child of God) (with Peggy Seeger)

Sing-a-Lamb (with Dan Zanes and Suzan Lori-Parks)

Great Big Stars

Baby Born Today (with Amy Helm, Marco Benevento, Ruthy Ungar, Chris Wood, Larry Campbell)

Ain’t That a-Rockin’ All Night

Cradle Hymn

Bright Morning Stars Are Rising

Sing Hallelu (with Elizabeth Clark-Jerez)

The First Noel

The Blessings of Mary (with Larry Campbell)

Oh, Watch the Stars (with Aoife O’Donovan)

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Mary Was the Queen of Galilee (with Gail Ann Dorsey, Joan Osborne)

Silent Night

Singing in the Land (with Natalie Merchant, Happy Traum, John Sebastian)

Children, Go Where I Send Thee (with Natalie Merchant, Amy Helm, Ruthy Ungar, Gail Ann Dorsey, Dan Zanes, Aoife O’Donovan, Simi Stone)

Elizabeth Mitchell Sounding Joy

If you are not quite ready to listen to “normal” Christmas music, you will really enjoy this CD.  It is packed with Christmas-themed songs that gently and subtly remind us of the events, importance and purpose of Christmas.  I found myself humming the songs (or parts of the songs) throughout the day and no one else was the wiser that I was singing “Christmas music”.  This is good stuff.

This CD, The Sounding Joy, is available for purchase for $14.98 or download for $9.99.  It comes with a 32-page booklet that includes descriptions of each song and information about the performers on this album.

If you want to score a free song, click here and download “Children Go Where I Send Thee.”

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The Sounding Joy CD (ARV $14.99)

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