Bethan Presents Christmas

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This crazy little Christmas collection started at band practice. We were wrapping up for the night and someone mentioned that it might be fun to arrange and record a few Christmas songs a la Bethan. After a collective glance at our watches we realized we had only a few weeks to do this thing so we set the ball in motion. We had three weeks to arrange, track, mix and deliver, which made the process exciting...and deadline driven. Turns out we all work pretty well under pressure, and we still like each other, to boot!

The most fun and challenging aspect of this project was re-imagining songs we've grown up listening to. Inspired by Christmas recordings from Julie Andrews, Doris Day and regularly filling our ears with Tom Waits and David Lynch scores, the result was nothing short of an orchestrated X-periment! An end result that we're extremely happy with. We hope you enjoy it, too!

All songs performed with love by:

Jessi Hall: vocals, snaps, silly things
Daniel Hall: clarinet, percussion, saw, guitar, among others
Jesse Hopkins: bass
Becki Howard: violin, vocals
Kevin Howard: keys, guitar

Produced by The Halls :: Recorded at our home
Mastered by Justin Collins

Publishing: © 2012 Monroe Pepper

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released November 13, 2012

Label I Press: Jeff - velvet(dot)blue@verizon(dot)net
Label I Management: Lance - lance@spune(dot)com
Licensing: Bridget - bridget@thecellarmusic(dot)com
Booking: Alan - abrown@spune(dot)com
Band: Jessi - jessi@bethanmusic(dot)com

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Bethan Dallas, Texas

Bethan is the creative offspring of Dallas, TX native (formerly of Denton), Jessi James... it was her visit to SXSW in 2010 that put her on producer, Roger Greenawalt's radar (Ben Kweller, The Pierces). The two began collaborating and recording new music that resulted in a 7 track minimalistic melodrama that became Chapter 1. ... more

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Track Name: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
ponder nothing earthly-minded,
for with blessing in his hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
as of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
in the body and the blood
he will give to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food

Rank on rank the host of heaven
spreads its vanguard on the way
as the Light of light descendeth
from the realms of endless day
that the powers of hell may vanish
as the darkness clears away

At his feet the six-winged seraph
cherubim, with sleepless eye
veil their faces to the presence
as with ceaseless voice they cry
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High
Track Name: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
O come o come emmanuel
And ransom captive israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of god appears

Oh come thou day-spring come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight

Rejoice rejoice
Emmanuel shall come to thee oh israel

Oh come desire of nations bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Bid thou our sad divisions cease
And be thyself our king of peace

O come o come emmanuel
And ransom captive israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of god appear

Rejoice
Rejoice emmanuel
Track Name: O Holy Night
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices
O night divine

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His Gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy Name

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices
O night divine, O night when Christ was born
O night divine
Track Name: In the Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron
Water like a stone
Snow had fallen
Snow on snow
Snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter
Long ago

Angels and archangels
They have gathered there
Cherubim and seraphim
Round in the air
For his mother only
In her maiden bliss
Worship the beloved
With a kiss

What can I give Him
Poor as I am
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb
If I were a wise man
I would do my part
What I can I give him
Give my heart
Give, give my heart
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent Night
Holy Night
All Bright


Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind...