Elisabeth Lohninger is such a discovery. A Jazz and pop vocalist based in New York City, Elisabeth has just completed her Christmas album, "Christmas In July", and the official release date has been set for November 15th.
Really, I was just doing my usual google thing when I came across Elisabeth's blog. Scanning the first paragraph quickly, my eyes fell upon the phrase "a mystical land called New Jersey". Having lived there a good many years (a good many years ago), I knew the description was precisely accurate and so I read further.
"My bank account yawns blearily at me, as I try to extract another nickel from its dark recesses, and the evil credit card man is waiting around the corner with his long sharp knife, ready to extract tribute for the debt I might have to incur in order to give this little baby a chance in the harsh, big world out there."
Oh, man, I think I'm in love. This woman has such a poetic soul, I don't even care if she can sing.
...But can she sing? (Yeah, I know I said I didn't care; I'm fickle like that.)
Followed the links to Elisabeth's ReverbNation spot and played a few tunes. Oh, yeah! She can sing!
And so I'm marking November 15th on the calendar on the wall and I'll be waiting to see what holiday presents Elisabeth has placed beneath the tree. And we'll have "Christmas In July" in November.
To tease and tempt you with a taste of Elisabeth Lohninger, I've borrowed her version of Joni Mitchell's "River", which you can find on her 2010 release "Songs Of Love And Destruction". Mmmmm. Tastes like cinnamon sticks and candy canes, like pumpkin pie and gingerbread. It tastes like more.