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100% of the proceeds from this project - forever and ever - will be donated to the International Refugee Assistance Project. If you have the money, please take this into consideration when naming your price! And hey - the first $100 raised will be matched, dollar for dollar, from Kristoff's deep, deep pocketbooks. THANK YOU SO MUCH, WE LOVE YOU!
The world lost a lot in 2016. But yet again, we pesky humans have somehow managed to reach the season of giving. As musicians, there comes with our passion an inherent desire to reach out and bring people together. In no other time of the year is that feeling more universally apparent than Christmastime - and in no other time in our relatively young lives has it felt so necessary.
After a year of heartbreak, loss, and grief, we have joined up with some of our very best friends so that together we may remind the world of the joy and love that gives weight to our pain, and to spread that love to those parts of the world which need it most. 100% of the proceeds from this new project - a Christmas compilation album - will benefit the International Refugee Assistance Project (refugeerights.org). Human is human, and love is love.
We hope you enjoy this, and may we all continue to spread love and hope in 2017 and beyond.
With more love than ever before,
Kristoff Waltz & Friends
All songs engineered and mixed by their respective artists and mastered by Ross Collier of "That Ross Collier Sound" and "A Very Omnichord Christmas" fame.
"The Christmas Waltz" originally written by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne. Courtesy of ASCAP, Cahn Music Company, and Producers Publishing Company Inc. Performed by Simon Knudtson, Alec Koukol, Callie McFee, Hunter Mulkey, Yogurt von Caravan, and Ross Collier (Omnichord). Also we sampled "Lorelai" by Fleet Foxes, hopefully Robin Pecknold is okay with that. Engineered by Kristoff Waltz and Ross Collier.
"The Rebel Jesus" originally written and performed by Jackson Browne, who is awesome. Courtesy of ASCAP and Swallow Music. Performed and engineered by Andrew Strader.
"Blue Christmas" originally written by Billy Hayes & Jay W Johnson. Courtesy of ASCAP, the Judy J Olmsted Trust, and Universal Songs of Polygram International. Performed and engineered by Paul Criscuolo, Sam Hoffman, and Yogurt von Caravan.
"Red Christmas" written by Katy Kirby. Performed by Katy Kirby, Nick Johnston, and Pete Eigel. Engineered by Pete Eigel. Holy smokes!
"Leg Lamp" written, performed, and engineered by Nic Discepoli.
"Wonderful Christmastime" written by SIR Paul James McCartney. Courtesy of ASCAP and MPL Communications, Inc. Performed and engineered by Patrick Sewalk and Logan Todd.
"Holy Night" written and performed by Mason Schmitt.
"Greensleeves" is a traditional song, ya dingus. Performed by Noah Gurley.
"Christmas Time is Here" originally written and composed by Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson. Courtesy of BMI & Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc. Performed and engineered by Erich Hils and Nick Domer.
"What Would Jesus Do" written, performed, and engineered by Max Barnett.
"o little drummer boy, rid me of this sorrow and smile!" incorporates elements of "The Little Drummer Boy," originally written by Katherine K Davis, Henry V Onorati, Robert David Rudolf, and Harry Simeone. Courtesy of BMI and Gambler Pub. Performed and engineered by Dennis McCarke* and Dave Myer.
"Luke Skywalker" written, performed, and engineered by Blake Goldberg. What a guy!
"What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" originally written by Frank Loesser. Courtesy of ASCAP. Performed by Meredith Nee, who is the bees kNees (get it?).
"Step Into Christmas" originally written by Elton John & Bernard JP Taupin. Courtesy of BMI and Universal Songs of Polygram International. Performed and engineered by Ted Hartog, Yogurt von Caravan, and Paul Criscuolo.
"Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud #6294). It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight. By extension, it is also sung at funerals, graduations, and as a farewell or ending to other occasions. The international Boy Scout youth movement uses it to close jamborees and other functions.
"Happy Xmas / War is Over" originally written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. courtesy of BMI and Downtown DMP Songs. Performed by Yogurt von Caravan, sort of. For like, one phrase. Jeez, chill.
The sample at the very end comes from Lin-Manuel Miranda's acceptance speech at the 2016 Tony Awards, in which his musical "Hamilton" won Best Original Score. The sampled part of the speech, given mere hours after a horrific shooting at a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, is such:
"We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they're finished songs and start to play.
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger
We rise and fall and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love -
cannot be killed or swept aside!
I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story.
Now fill the world with music, love, and pride."