But what about the song or two or three each year that fall through the cracks and never reach the audience they deserve?
Like this one. "Share The Gifts" was a collection that got so little pub or play that you couldn't even find it if you were specifically looking for it. Seriously. The collection was a mixed bag--more good than bad, imo--but there was one newly recorded track that absolutely shined. What did I say last year?
"The one song previously unreleased, "Send Me Some Snow" by Chris Standring & Kathrin Shorr, was easily the most delightful--a sprightly mid-tempo affair that sounds like it could be the soundtrack for a Target Stores Christmas campaign."
Fortunately, for the world of Christmas music and those who obsessively try to shine a light on the hidden jewels therein, Chris Standring and Kathrin Shorr had no intention of letting their song fade away. They are back, this year, with an entire Christmas album--an album of nothing but new and original holiday music, mind you--not a cover song to be found. And I, for one, could not be happier.
I'm very much looking forward to Christmas albums from Carole King, She & Him, Joey + Rory. I can't wait to hear from John Zorn, Colbie Caillat, Trine Rein and Mindy Gledhill. I'm hopeful we'll land holiday albums from Percy Sledge, Jon Lindsay, and Gaga. But "Send Me Some Snow" from Chris Standring and Kathrin Shorr, at this precise moment in time, stands at the top of my "I seriously can not contain my excitement" list. "Send Me Some Snow" is set to be released November 1 and you can pre-order through Amazon.
1. Send Me Some Snow
2. Someone's Gonna Get Something (For Christmas)
3. I Got A Thing For Jack
4. Christmas Ain't Christmas Without You
5. Naughty Or Nice
6. Dear Santa
7. Mistletoe Moon
8. Christmas In Tinseltown
9. There's No Time Like Christmas Time
10. Through The Holidays
Guitarist Chris Standring teams up with songstress Kathrin Shorr to present an old-school-sounding, romantic-flavored album of original vocal compositions, complete with lush string arrangements and sentimental holiday feelings.