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Life-long treasury - priceless reveries
Shall I hide them forever buried in me?
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Nancy Kelly
Produced by Steve Fulton / Audio Lab

Story

My brother, Terry Lester, passed away unexpectedly in November 2005. Being in the midst of my Christmas CD project I wanted to write something for him, yet wanted to keep it somewhat Christmassy in feeling. What came was a song that captures a sweet childhood memory of Terry teaching Steven and I how to ski in the back woods of Maine. David was only 3 or 4 so didn't participate in this venture but I'm sure he was enjoying his tonka trucks while we froze outside! Karl was in the Marines at the time so wasn't home that Christmas. Terry was 1 year older than Karl, 6 years older than Steven, 12 years older than me and almost 18 years older than Davey, so when he was home, he was always teaching us how to do something! This song captures that heart of the instructer but only touches on the depth of the type of person he was to all of us.

Lyrics

LYRICS: 

We each have our memories / a lacey snowflake patterned in a dream of you / And so mine can be a song for you / How do you fit a life into a line or two?

We had just moved out to Maine Back to the East Coast again /  You made the trip with us and I was 6 or so / We moved into a wonderland of snow

CHORUS: I REMEMBER THAT CHRISTMAS WHEN SANTA BROUGHT US SKIIS / YOU BECAME INSTRUCTOR ON THE BACK ROADS OF WINTER / WE WERE ALL ELBOWS AND KNEES / OH, THAT CHRISTMAS OH THAT CHRISTMAS DREAM

Fast forward 2 years / Sun Valley Idaho with you / Photographs of black and white - that precious one of you / How you always did things “right” / We wanted to be like you

CHORUS: I REMEMBER THAT CHRISTMAS WHEN SANTA BROUGHT US SKIIS / YOU BECAME INSTRUCTOR ON THE BACK ROADS OF WINTER / WE WERE ALL ELBOWS AND KNEES / OH, THAT CHRISTMAS OH THAT CHRISTMAS DREAM

Bridge: Mom and you were mother and son / Theresa was your only little one / Susan was your lovely queen of hearts / You and Dave went golfing / You and Steve played chess / You and Karl built model airplanes / And you and Dad were blessed to fly the real thing

CHORUS: I REMEMBER THAT CHRISTMAS WHEN SANTA BROUGHT US SKIIS (THANKS MOM AND DAD!) YOU BECAME INSTRUCTOR ON THE BACK ROADS OF WINTER / STEVE AND I ALL ELBOWS AND KNEES /IT WAS THAT BAD OH, THAT CHRISTMAS OH, THAT CHRISTMAS DREAM I REMEMBER THAT CHRISTMAS... THAT CHRISTMAS DREAM (TAG THIS)

NancyKellyMusic © 2006 (penned for Terry)

Nancy Kelly
Produced by Steve Fulton, Audo Lab

Story

Feeling all festive and holidayish, I began to get the melody and lyric for this song while getting ready for my Mother’s birthday that we were to celebrate at our house December 4th! Later on, when I had more time, I took it to the piano and banged it out!

 

Lyrics

Holiday Party

Christmas songs on random play — tidy up and decorate 

I hope Stanley brings the tree home on time

‘Cause we’re gonna celebrate tonight

 

Pull out the dishes holiday style — reminiscent, lost for awhile 

Better get a move on — it’s already half past three

‘fore you know it seven o’clock will be here!

 

CHORUS:  HOLIDAY PARTY TIME — MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT

MERRY CHRISTMAS! IT’S PARTY TIME

HANG UP THE MISTLETOE — WITH THE FIRE AGLOW

CRANK UP THE MUSIC IT’S PARTY NIGHT!

 

Christmas comes but once a year

Deck the halls with all the cheer of iridescent silver, red and green 

It’s all such a twinkle-lighted dream! Repeat chorus. 

 

Bridge: Good friends and memories—pretend life is easy

Wishes and prophecies — out with the old, in with the new

But before that we gotta whole lot to do. . . Repeat chorus.

Tag: havin’ a holiday party—holiday party—holiday party tonight (repeat and fade)

NancyKellyMusic © 2006

 

Nancy Kelly
produced by Ian Townend

Story

Written for my husband in memory of a long winter walk we took one night. 

Lyrics

LYRICS:

Winter World Crystal frost on glass - cider in the flask - won’t you take a walk with me tonight? No one round for miles - just you, me and your smile - oh, so warm like a cozy fire

CHORUS: OH WON’T YOU TAKE A WALK WITH ME TONIGHT, TONIGHT THIS WINTER WORLD WITH YOU I LIKE X2

Snowflakes on my tongue - count them just for fun as the whole world turns to white Two-man snowball fight - hysterical delight - oh, so cold must go back inside

CHORUS: OH WON’T YOU TAKE A WALK WITH ME TONIGHT, TONIGHT THIS WINTER WORLD WITH YOU I LIKE X2

Bridge: Always remember this winter night Like a favorite photo never far from sight

Repeat chorus a few times and end.

NancyKellyMusic © 2006

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Xmas / Meredith Willson, 1951
Intro and tag / Nancy Kelly

Story

This is my tweaked version of "It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas".  I added the intro and tag. Also changed the kid names from Barney to Billy and from Janice to Janny to make it easier to sing since my version is a little more uptempo than others.

 

Lyrics

Intro and Tag:    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Beginning to look a lot like it, a lot like it / A lot like Christmas -- a lot like it

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go

Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again

with candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas  / Toys in every store

But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be on your own front door

 

A pair of hop-along boots and a pistol that shoots – the wish of Billy and Ben

Dolls that talk and go for a walk is the hope of Janny and Jen

And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas  everywhere you go

There’s a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well

The sturdy kind that doesn’t mind the snow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas / soon the bells will start

And the thing that makes them ring is the carol that you sing right within your heart

 

Tag: it’s beginning to look… everywhere you go...that ol’ familiar glow

 

Nancy Kelly
Produced by Steve Fulton / Audio Lab

Story

LINER NOTES:  These lyrics were inspired by a few of the cards we received during the holiday season of 2005. My mother-in-law, Phyllis Kelly-Bouza, is a painter and sends out a card-sized version of one of her paintings every year. This one was called "Tree of Life" and it had an array of colors that remind you of an abstract stained glass. The other was from my cousin, Dean, who lives on the East Coast. It was of a lone pine bough lying in the snow. I loved its simplicity.

Just a note to say, despite this song's content, I am in no way judgmental about the Christmas Card thing. I don't send them out anymore either unless it's with a gift to one of my cousins or nieces across the miles. I do love to get the notes and letters that tell what a person has been up to, rather than just a name but the pretty card is always appreciated nevertheless. 

CHRISTMAS CARDS is also included on the 2010 IDAHO HO HO, a compilation CD produced by Audio Lab for Moxie Java.

Lyrics

LYRICS:

Red and green and gold, purple blue and rose / A lone pine bough lying in the snow / One a tree of life, the other pure and white / Everything I need to remind me of a hope-filled life

CHORUS #1: CHRISTMAS CARDS COME TO MY DOOR LIKE SO MANY YEARS BEFORE / BRINGING NEWS FROM FAR AND NEAR / I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU EACH YEAR

Some only sign their names-- indicate that they are alive and well on the other side of their town / Others pen their news complete with pictures too / A window into the journey they survived this year

repeat chorus #1 (…hear from you each year): GLAD TO SEE YOU STILL BELIEVE BUT A WORD OR TWO I THRILL TO SEE / PENNED FROM YOU ABOUT YOUR LIFE / I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU IN WINTER TIME

Bridge: Oh the written word – a window into your world / Keep alive the friendships and the family ties / Cards of Christmas cheer – traverse the earth each year / Can we try to not let this tradition die?

C:  CHRISTMAS CARDS COME TO MY DOOR LIKE SO MANY YEARS BEFORE / BRINGING NEWS FROM FAR AND NEAR / I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU EACH YEAR

NancyKellyMusic © 2006 / penned January 2, 2006

Vocals - Nancy Kelly
Produced by Steve Fulton / Audio Lab

Story

Old world carols are among my favorite. It’s amazing how they’ve been passed down over centuries and remained intact even if varied over time. It’s equally amazing how the birth of Jesus has been immortalized through some of these songs and his story remains the same as it was then.

Lyrics

LYRICS:

COVENTRY CAROL  (English Carol 17th century or earlier)

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, Bye bye, lully lullay.

Thou little tiny child, Bye bye, lully lullay.

O sisters too how may we do For to preserve this day

This poor youngling For whom we do sing; Bye bye, lully lullay.

Herod, the king in his raging, charg-ed he hath this day

His men of might, in his own sight, all young children to slay.

That woe is me, poor child for thee! And ever morn and day

For thy parting neither say nor sing; Bye bye, lully lullay

ZU WEIHNACHTEN (German Christmas Song. 1607-1676 Adapted poem by Paul Herhardt ; Melody by J.S. Bach 1685-1750)

I stand beside thy cradle here O Jesus child so tender

All which thou hast given me which I to thee surrender

Take then my spirit, take my soul;

My heart and mind are wholly yours

Graciously receive them.

In darkness black, in death I lay; (thou) sun, dispell’d my sadness

(Thou) broughtest heav’nly light of day; a life of joy and gladness

O sun, how beautiful thy rays;

Thy holy words of faith I praise

O Lord, I do believe them.

Nancy Kelly
Produced by Ian Townend

Story

Our family Christmas tree has always been a muse for the holidays.  For me it subtly represents the reason for the season, as the saying goes. 

Lyrics

LYRICS:

Evergreen, you’re beautiful to me / Boughs are reaching out so gracefully / Evergreen – a sight to see - with gold and silver glowing breathtakingly

C:  I LOVE YOUR BEAUTY AND SPLENDOR / THE PEACE YOU BRING AT NIGHT /THE WAY THAT YOU HELP ME REMEMBER THE REASON FOR CHRISTMAS TIME / WHILE YOU ARE GLOWING I’M PRAYING ALL THE WORLD MAY SEE EVERGREEN WHAT YOU ARE SAYING TO ME

Evergreen, a comfort here / When in troubled times a hope is dear / Evergreen, your purpose clear—a beacon in the night—love embraces fear

C:  I LOVE YOUR BEAUTY AND SPLENDOR THE PEACE YOU BRING AT NIGHT / THE WAY THAT YOU HELP ME REMEMBER THE REASON FOR CHRISTMAS TIME / WHILE YOU ARE GLOWING I’M PRAYING ALL THE WORLD MAY SEE EVERGREEN WHAT YOU ARE SAYING TO ME

Bridge: Peace on earth—Goodwill to men—Need it so, return again Repeat chorus and end.

NancyKellyMusic © 2006 / penned December 21, 1994

Nancy Kelly
Produced by Steve Fulton / Audio Lab

Story

Another song for the one and only Stan to celebrate the season. 

Lyrics

LYRICS:

Christmas Present ~ Christmas Past

Haven’t figured out yet how to make it last

Gonna buy a gift for you before the day be through

And let my heart celebrate you

Chorus: Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas Dear (x2)

Christmas Beauty ~ Christmas Hues

No time now for duty or Winter blues

Gonna wear my red dress just for you

Fill my heart with tenderness anew

repeat chorus.

Bridge: And I wish you a bright new year

So glad we’re together ~ still need you near

And here’s to wishing all your dreams come true

All you’ve ever wanted happening for you

Chorus: Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas Dear (x4)

NancyKellyMusic © 2006

Vocals - Nancy Kelly
Written by Irving Berlin - 1942 / this version produced by Ian Townend

Story

Ian came up with this delectable arrangement of White Christmas.  He managed to infuse it with originality - which is quite a feat considering it's the most recorded Christmas song EVER!   

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