It's Christmas Time

by Loren Radis

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A cold night.

A bright window shines warmth into the dark.

A melody flutters down on the currents of cool air.

A homey upstairs room.

A glass of water sits on a wooden desk.

A bead of condensation glides down the clear side of the glass towards the polished surface.

A microphone on a stand.

A man with a guitar in his hands.

“We are the music makers, and the dreamers of dreams…” the man says quietly to himself.

This is the story of my new Christmas Album, a labor of love to share with friends and strangers alike. Christmas is the season of giving and in that spirit I give this album freely to any who want it. Most of these songs are not my own creations, they were given to me and many others like me in the days of our youth. I grew up learning the meaning of the word Christmas from songs like these ones, and you likely did as well. I hope you enjoy the works I’ve rendered here; that they remind you of a time when it was easy to believe in Peace on Earth.

Like all good things, these songs come to those who wait. I’ll be releasing two songs at a time on Thursdays, starting this Thursday. You’re welcome to download them free of charge, but you will also be permitted to make a donation of any dollar amount when you do download the songs if you feel so compelled. I will not be retaining any of the profits from this work, instead I’ll be donating them to the four charities I’ve discussed over the past four weeks: Child’s Play, Compassion International, Angel Tree, and Blood Water Mission.

So thanks to you for listening, thanks to my friends and family for their support during the recording of this album, thanks to the writers of these wonderful songs, and most of all thanks to the Father of the Son born on Christmas night so long ago for giving us this season of celebration in the first place.

Have a Merry Christmas.

-loren

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released December 1, 2011

Performed by Loren Radis
Percussion by Matt Schmitz

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Loren Radis San Luis Obispo, California

Loren Radis is 30-ish and married his best friend in 2010. He's thankful to have the opportunity to make music in his spare time. It's something he's always been passionate about and he tries to be as honest as possible in his songwriting. He hopes you hear something you like and thanks you for listening.

"a gifted and engaging songwriter" - Glen Starkey

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Track Name: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
It's the most wonderful time of the year
With kids jingle belling and everyone telling you
Be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for roasting
And caroling out in the snow
Scary ghost stories and
Tales of the glories
Of Christmases long long ago

It's the most wonderful time
It's the most wonderful time
It's the most wonderful time of the year
Track Name: Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want
Good times for a change
See the life I've had could make a good man turn bad

So please, please, please let me, let me, let me
Get what I want this time

Haven't had a dream in a long time
See the luck I've had could make a good man bad

So for once in my life let me get what I want
Lord knows it would be the first time
Lord knows it would be the first time

So please, please, please let me, let me, let me
Get what I want Lord knows it would be the first time
Lord knows it would be the first time
Lord knows it would be the first time
Track Name: Winter Wonderland
Sleighbells ring, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

Gone away is the bluebird
Here to stay is the new bird
He'll sing a love song as we stroll along
Walking in a winter wonderland

In the meadow we can build a snowman
And pretend that he is Parson Brown
He'll say "Are you married?", we'll say "No man.
But you can do the job if you're in town."

Then later on we'll conspire
As we lay by the fire
To face un-afraid the plans that we made
Walking in a winter wonderland

And later on we'll conspire
As we lay by the fire
To face un-afraid the plans that we made
Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
'Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night
Shepherd's quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah
Christ the savior is born
Christ the savior is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, lord at thy birth
Jesus, lord at thy birth
Track Name: Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?
Another year over, a new one just begun
And so happy Christmas, I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one, the old and the young

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one without any fear

And so this is Christmas for weak and for strong
For rich and for poor one the world is so wrong
And so this is Christmas for black and for white
For yellow and red one, let's stop all the fight

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one without any fear

And so this is Christmas, and what have we done?
Another year over, a new one just begun
And so happy Christmas, I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one, the old and the young

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one without any fear

War is over if you want it
War is over now
Track Name: It's Christmas Time
I see the sunsets are comin' early these days
And I feel a chill in the sun's waning rays
I hear a sonnet of goodness and peace
And I see the glow of the lights down the street

So warm and so sweet
Oh darlin', sing it with me

Oh whoa-oh whoa-oh, it's Christmas time
Oh whoa-oh whoa-oh, it's Christmas time

We'll hang lights 'round the window to ward off the gloom
And we'll move a tree into our living room
Beneath we'll put presents, we'll pile them up
They're just empty boxes, but we'll fill them up

Don't matter with what
So long as they're given with love

Oh whoa-oh whoa-oh, it's Christmas time
Oh whoa-oh whoa-oh, it's Christmas time