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About The "It's Christmas" CD
I never thought I would make a Christmas CD even though I've made my living with music for over 54 years. God has helped me raise my four boys after my wife died of cancer and for a few years now, I've had time to write and record the music that's been in me for a while.
For this CD, I wrote seven songs. Each with a different style of music: ballad, gospel, bubble gum, comedy, bluegrass, and slow rock. I played all the instruments with my synthesizer and sang all the vocals.
For a quick listen, use the players under the song titles. You can also download the FREE MP3's, Midi's, PDF Sheet Music, and Lyric Pages, by clicking on the links. There are also Videos of the songs on most of the pages, but not on all of the sheet music pages. Have fun and enjoy!
I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
This song was written by the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), after coming to the conclusion that there was no "Peace On Earth", but that right and good would eventually prevail and that wrong doing and evil would fail.
He penned "The Christmas Bells" in 1864 before the end of the Civil War. Five stanzas of the seven were set to music in 1872 by John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905), and the song was named "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day."
Bluegrass Jingle Bells
The most popular download has been my fun version of Jingle Bells. It has been used as background music by many people for their You Tube videos and other websites.
In 2004, this was the first mp3 of "Bluegrass Jingle Bells" on the internet.
This is a medley of six popular 'Christmas Carols', describing the events at the birth of Jesus. 1. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 2. The First Noel 3. O Little Town Of Bethlehem 4. Silent Night 5. Away In A Manger 6. We Three Kings
If The Little Baby Jesus
Hadn't Been Born
Among my favorites is this song I wrote after seeing a man, all dressed up in a pin-striped suit, a stylish hat and tie, standing on a street corner, waving a bible and shouting to the people in the cars passing by.
( Hanukkah - Christmas Song )
A Jewish song and a Christian song together.
This song describes how people of the Jewish faith are waiting along with the Christians for the return of the Messiah.
The Christmas Child
This song is about the best present anyone can receive for Christmas.
Christmas Is For Children
Here a song that is dedicated to my beloved wife Mary and our children.
The Lord's Prayer
This is another version of the Lord's Prayer (Jesus' prayer to the Father) and my daily prayer!
Two years ago I put the sheet music on YouTube with a video and to date 5-28-2015, it has had 8,826 views.
This song has had thousands of views and downloads from my own website for as many years as I've had a website and I am grateful to God for helping me bring this version to life.
All music comes from God, He just allows us to put our name on it.... Thank You Lord Jesus!
"It's Christmas", the title of this album, is about keeping Christmas in your heart all year.
Mall*Mart At Three In The Morning
One Holiday Season, three weeks before Christmas, Wal-Mart stores decided to remain open 24 hours a day till Christmas.
I couldn't resist and so after finishing my late shift, I decided to drop in and see who would be shopping at two or three o'clock in the morning.
I was amazed to find a couple of dozen people Christmas shopping. I even saw one shopper with her small children sleeping in the cart. I wrote this song for those nocturnal shoppers.
A Review Of "It's Christmas"
There were 9 songs on this first version
of "It's Christmas", "Mall Mart At Three
In The Morning" was added later.
Listened to on its own terms, Carl Vasta's It's Christmas is one of the most attractive and intriguing CDs you will hear this year.
On one level an old-fashioned children's record, Vasta's easy listening stylings can also be heard as romantic pop crooning.
As a recording for children, it is Disneyesque.
Vasta's arrangements are eerily similar to the Disney film scores of the 1950s and '60s, full of earnest sentiment and nostalgia. Vasta's voice effects that soft vibrato we all remember from Pinnocchio's When You Wish Upon a Star.
As an authentic reference to easy listening's heyday, It's Christmas is an important contemporary recording.
But better than that It's Christmas is a lot of fun. The CD covers a few Christmas standards (and novel arrangements of these, to be sure), but the greater part of It's Christmas is Vasta's opus. Six songs are new!
These include Christmas Is for Children, If the Little Baby Jesus Hadn't Been Born, It's Christmas, The Christmas Child, Invitation, and The Lord's Prayer.
Of the six, my favorite is Christmas Is for Children, which begins the CD. Sung with moody poignancy using, apparently, an old analog microphone, the song achieves the beautiful, cavernous sound of mid-20th century recording, something I just haven't heard lately.
But my other favorite is the title track, sung almost as a bubblegum pop song (or an homage to one). But homages these are not. Vasta is no poser and no imposter. His innate understanding of his genre and his inimitable style give his recordings an authentic quality that can't be duplicated. The tune is nicely constructed, interestingly arranged, lyrically strong, and features a twisting, turning melody with hooks galore.
If you have a fondness for easy listening crooners, Carl Vasta's "It's Christmas" is for you.
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