Thursday, December 13, 2018

The liner notes to A Mandolin Christmas, Vol. 2 read aloud by mandolinist Karen Mal


The liner notes to A Mandolin Christmas, Vol. 2 read aloud by mandolinist Karen Mal

Karen and I are thrilled to present to you the 3rd in our series of acoustic holiday albums

A Mandolin Christmas, Vol. 2  🌲

Buy it at AMandolinChristmas.com
Read episode notes here:
https://christmassongsmusicandcarols.blogspot.com/2018/11/bring-torch-from-new-mandolin-christmas.html

AVAILABLE ON

Spotify b.link/karenwillspotify ~~
Apple Music b.link/karenwillitunes ~~
Amazon b.link/karenwillamazon ~~
DOWNLOAD FROM WILL b.link/karenwillbc ~~
CD b.link/karenwillcds Follow us on Facebook



We’d like to invite you to let our record shine its light in your holiday atmosphere.  It’s a great accompaniment to preparing holiday meals, visiting with friends and family.
Here are the links to do that:

Want to help us get the word out and get this music playing everywhere we can this season?

For every 1 paragraph or more positive review of our new album, we will donate $1 to Strings Attached Cares up to $1000.00

Want to match us and make this more fun and effective?

Post your review on any of the digital outlets, your social media, or email us at will@willtaylor.com

Include the amount you'd like to match for other reviews, and your limit, and you’re all set.

 For example: “I'll donate $5 to Strings Attached Cares for every review submitted to Will a will@willtaylor.com , up to $500

Let’s raise $$$ for Strings Attached cares and help promote A Mandolin Christmas at the same time..

Liner notes

Follow Karen & Will:

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SPOTIFY
PANDORA
APPLE MUSIC
AMAZON
GOOGLE
DEEZER
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Sliding into Winter Solstice an essay from mandolinist Karen Mal


One half of the Mandolin Christmas duo wrote an essay about the Winter Solstice. Enjoy and share with friends.

Karen and I are thrilled to present to you the 3rd in our series of acoustic holiday albums

A Mandolin Christmas, Vol. 2  🌲

Buy it at AMandolinChristmas.com
Read episode notes here:
https://christmassongsmusicandcarols.blogspot.com/2018/11/bring-torch-from-new-mandolin-christmas.html

AVAILABLE ON

Spotify b.link/karenwillspotify ~~
Apple Music b.link/karenwillitunes ~~
Amazon b.link/karenwillamazon ~~
DOWNLOAD FROM WILL b.link/karenwillbc ~~
CD b.link/karenwillcds Follow us on Facebook



We’d like to invite you to let our record shine its light in your holiday atmosphere.  It’s a great accompaniment to preparing holiday meals, visiting with friends and family.
Here are the links to do that:

Want to help us get the word out and get this music playing everywhere we can this season?

For every 1 paragraph or more positive review of our new album, we will donate $1 to Strings Attached Cares up to $1000.00

Want to match us and make this more fun and effective?

Post your review on any of the digital outlets, your social media, or email us at will@willtaylor.com

Include the amount you'd like to match for other reviews, and your limit, and you’re all set.

 For example: “I'll donate $5 to Strings Attached Cares for every review submitted to Will a will@willtaylor.com , up to $500

Let’s raise $$$ for Strings Attached cares and help promote A Mandolin Christmas at the same time..

Liner notes

Follow Karen & Will:

FACEBOOK
SPOTIFY
PANDORA
APPLE MUSIC
AMAZON
GOOGLE
DEEZER
axtcrhb8

Sunday, December 25, 2011

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


Hark the Herald

Christmas and Holiday Music from Karen Mal & Will Taylor

Read about,  listen to and support our music below.

You listened to it free, but it wasn't free to make this music...so in this new world of the "free music, want to help out, do your part to support our continued creation of great acoustic music?

Read below or just signup to get all of our music as a patron of Strings Attached
See more about it here....


"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems. Its lyrics had been written by Charles Wesley. Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today. Moreover, Wesley's original opening couplet is "Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings". - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia








  • Buy the CD with any credit card
  • ITUNES
  • MP3'S or WAV files direct from the artist
  • Call 512-589-8749 to order by phone.
  • Call me and I'll write a note and send it to them personally!
  • ​SPOTIFY - Coming so
  • Free Pick of the Week
  • Or buy it in AUSTIN texas at Waterloo Records


  • The story behind Austin for Christmas

    All of the songs in this collection were favorites of my mother.  She loved filling the house with Christmas decorations, smells of  many varieties of cookies baking, which she'd arrange in spectacular colorful gift trays, and of course Christmas music draped over the top of everything. She'd play the vinyl records on our massive stereo which was as long as our dining room table,.and she'd be as happy as we'd ever see her all year. Her happiness in itself was the best part of the season. It was contagious and it was fleeting. In our household, Christmas music represented the hope of another year, maybe a better year, and a momentary suspension of all things worrisome or sorrowful. 
       "Yuletide by the fireside and joyful memories there." We chose the songs with an underlying theme of togetherness. No matter where you fall on the religious/ spiritual spectrum, holidays are a time of connection.  Of reunion and reflection
    and gratitude. And being together as the bustling world mercifully grinds to a halt, creating a glow in the darkness of the long nights of winter.  - KAREN MAL

    The story behind A Mandolin Christmas

    A jazz musician, a folk artist, 20 fingers pulling 14 strings & 19 ancient melodies that time has polished.

    A Mandolin Christmas 

          Deep in the throes of the hottest summer on record in Austin,  TX, Karen Mal and Will Taylor decided to make a Christmas album. It was a 112-degree "Silent Night" in their un-airconditioned recording studio in August. Even the cat was sweating.      The couple had collaborated on many musical projects; his, hers, and their ensemble's, but a "Mandolin Christmas" is purely a duet in every sense of the word.  It's a dance between two partners: the mandolin and the classical guitar.  And that's it.  Karen and Will are perhaps better-known as vocalist and violinist, respectively, but as the tracks blossomed, the two instruments just didn't seem to want any company. There's a simple elegance in the combination that makes for a classic record.      "A Mandolin Christmas" is also a duet between traditional folk music and jazz.  The music includes pristine old-style classical arrangements, and also subtle and playful jazz harmonizations, weaving around familiar melodies that sound like home.   You can practically smell the sugar cookies coming out of the oven, see the kitchen windows steaming up.       Even the packaging is a duet. Karen staged the shots in their vegetable garden. That's a real Calabacita squash with the bow on it. (we ate it for Thanksgiving) Will took the photos and fit everything into the artwork templates.      If you like Christmas music even a little, you're going to love this album. You're going to love it again when you dig it out next year, and again and again, every holiday season.






    Violinist, composer and Austin Music Award winner Will Taylor has performed with Pearl Jam, Grammy winner Shawn ColvinP-DiddyWillie NelsonRonny Cox (Deliverance) and many more.
    Will and his musical friends from Austin, Texas light up your house with inspiring acoustic music.
    WASHINGTON POST–“Imaginatively orchestrated… multi-faceted… darting lyricism, and occasionally pensive moods, Taylor makes the grade with his deft touch and improvisatory skills.”

    ESQUIRE MAGAZINE–”As to the quality of the music and the professionalism, this production is far superior over the numerous recordings issued by the major record companies.”


    Learn how you can have Karen Mal & Will Taylor in your home here.~!
    Anywhere, not just where we live.

    More fan comments...

    Friday, December 23, 2011

    What Child Is This

    Christmas and Holiday Music from Karen Mal & Will Taylor

    Read about,  listen to and support our music below. You listened to it free, but it wasn't free to make this music. Want to help out, do your part to support our continued creation of great acoustic music?

    "What Child Is This?" is a Christmas carol whose lyrics were written by William Chatterton Dix, in 1865. At the time of composing the carol, Dix worked as an insurance company manager and had been struck by a severe illness. While recovering, he underwent a spiritual renewalthat led him to write several hymns, including lyrics to this carol that was subsequently set to the tune of "Greensleeves", a traditional English folk song. Although it was written in Great Britain, the carol is more popular in the United States than in its country of origin today.[1] - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia










    • Buy the CD with any credit card
    • ITUNES
    • MP3'S or WAV files direct from the artist
    • Call 512-589-8749 to order by phone.
    • Call me and I'll write a note and send it to them personally!
    • ​SPOTIFY - Coming so
    • Free Pick of the Week
    • Or buy it in AUSTIN texas at Waterloo Records


    • The story behind Austin for Christmas

      All of the songs in this collection were favorites of my mother.  She loved filling the house with Christmas decorations, smells of  many varieties of cookies baking, which she'd arrange in spectacular colorful gift trays, and of course Christmas music draped over the top of everything. She'd play the vinyl records on our massive stereo which was as long as our dining room table,.and she'd be as happy as we'd ever see her all year. Her happiness in itself was the best part of the season. It was contagious and it was fleeting. In our household, Christmas music represented the hope of another year, maybe a better year, and a momentary suspension of all things worrisome or sorrowful. 
         "Yuletide by the fireside and joyful memories there." We chose the songs with an underlying theme of togetherness. No matter where you fall on the religious/ spiritual spectrum, holidays are a time of connection.  Of reunion and reflection
      and gratitude. And being together as the bustling world mercifully grinds to a halt, creating a glow in the darkness of the long nights of winter.  - KAREN MAL

      The story behind A Mandolin Christmas

      A jazz musician, a folk artist, 20 fingers pulling 14 strings & 19 ancient melodies that time has polished.

      A Mandolin Christmas 

            Deep in the throes of the hottest summer on record in Austin,  TX, Karen Mal and Will Taylor decided to make a Christmas album. It was a 112-degree "Silent Night" in their un-airconditioned recording studio in August. Even the cat was sweating.      The couple had collaborated on many musical projects; his, hers, and their ensemble's, but a "Mandolin Christmas" is purely a duet in every sense of the word.  It's a dance between two partners: the mandolin and the classical guitar.  And that's it.  Karen and Will are perhaps better-known as vocalist and violinist, respectively, but as the tracks blossomed, the two instruments just didn't seem to want any company. There's a simple elegance in the combination that makes for a classic record.      "A Mandolin Christmas" is also a duet between traditional folk music and jazz.  The music includes pristine old-style classical arrangements, and also subtle and playful jazz harmonizations, weaving around familiar melodies that sound like home.   You can practically smell the sugar cookies coming out of the oven, see the kitchen windows steaming up.       Even the packaging is a duet. Karen staged the shots in their vegetable garden. That's a real Calabacita squash with the bow on it. (we ate it for Thanksgiving) Will took the photos and fit everything into the artwork templates.      If you like Christmas music even a little, you're going to love this album. You're going to love it again when you dig it out next year, and again and again, every holiday season.

      We Three Kings

      Christmas and Holiday Music from Karen Mal & Will Taylor

      Read about,  listen to and support our music below.

      You listened to it free, but it wasn't free to make this music...so in this new world of the "free music, want to help out, do your part to support our continued creation of great acoustic music?

      Read below or just signup to get all of our music as a patron of Strings Attached
      See more about it here....


      "We Three Kings", also known as "We Three Kings of Orient Are" or "The Quest of the Magi", is a Christmas carol that was written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr. in 1857. At the time of composing the carol, Hopkins served as the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and he wrote the carol for a Christmas pageant in New York City. Many versions of this song have been composed and it remains a popular Christmas carol. - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia





      • Buy the CD with any credit card
      • ITUNES
      • MP3'S or WAV files direct from the artist
      • Call 512-589-8749 to order by phone.
      • Call me and I'll write a note and send it to them personally!
      • ​SPOTIFY - Coming so
      • Free Pick of the Week
      • Or buy it in AUSTIN texas at Waterloo Records


      • The story behind Austin for Christmas

        All of the songs in this collection were favorites of my mother.  She loved filling the house with Christmas decorations, smells of  many varieties of cookies baking, which she'd arrange in spectacular colorful gift trays, and of course Christmas music draped over the top of everything. She'd play the vinyl records on our massive stereo which was as long as our dining room table,.and she'd be as happy as we'd ever see her all year. Her happiness in itself was the best part of the season. It was contagious and it was fleeting. In our household, Christmas music represented the hope of another year, maybe a better year, and a momentary suspension of all things worrisome or sorrowful. 
           "Yuletide by the fireside and joyful memories there." We chose the songs with an underlying theme of togetherness. No matter where you fall on the religious/ spiritual spectrum, holidays are a time of connection.  Of reunion and reflection
        and gratitude. And being together as the bustling world mercifully grinds to a halt, creating a glow in the darkness of the long nights of winter.  - KAREN MAL

        The story behind A Mandolin Christmas

        A jazz musician, a folk artist, 20 fingers pulling 14 strings & 19 ancient melodies that time has polished.

        A Mandolin Christmas 

              Deep in the throes of the hottest summer on record in Austin,  TX, Karen Mal and Will Taylor decided to make a Christmas album. It was a 112-degree "Silent Night" in their un-airconditioned recording studio in August. Even the cat was sweating.      The couple had collaborated on many musical projects; his, hers, and their ensemble's, but a "Mandolin Christmas" is purely a duet in every sense of the word.  It's a dance between two partners: the mandolin and the classical guitar.  And that's it.  Karen and Will are perhaps better-known as vocalist and violinist, respectively, but as the tracks blossomed, the two instruments just didn't seem to want any company. There's a simple elegance in the combination that makes for a classic record.      "A Mandolin Christmas" is also a duet between traditional folk music and jazz.  The music includes pristine old-style classical arrangements, and also subtle and playful jazz harmonizations, weaving around familiar melodies that sound like home.   You can practically smell the sugar cookies coming out of the oven, see the kitchen windows steaming up.       Even the packaging is a duet. Karen staged the shots in their vegetable garden. That's a real Calabacita squash with the bow on it. (we ate it for Thanksgiving) Will took the photos and fit everything into the artwork templates.      If you like Christmas music even a little, you're going to love this album. You're going to love it again when you dig it out next year, and again and again, every holiday season.






        Violinist, composer and Austin Music Award winner Will Taylor has performed with Pearl Jam, Grammy winner Shawn ColvinP-DiddyWillie NelsonRonny Cox (Deliverance) and many more.
        Will and his musical friends from Austin, Texas light up your house with inspiring acoustic music.
        WASHINGTON POST–“Imaginatively orchestrated… multi-faceted… darting lyricism, and occasionally pensive moods, Taylor makes the grade with his deft touch and improvisatory skills.”

        ESQUIRE MAGAZINE–”As to the quality of the music and the professionalism, this production is far superior over the numerous recordings issued by the major record companies.”


        Learn how you can have Karen Mal & Will Taylor in your home here.~!
        Anywhere, not just where we live.

        More fan comments...