Dear Friends, Fans & Family....
We send you all love and dreams of snow here in wintry Colorado as we glide into the Holiday Season.
Invitation: This December 21, JD and I will celebrate the longest night of the year with our 25th annual Winter Solstice Concert, at the beautiful old red stone Community church in Aspen. 25 years in a row! Candle-lighting, group singing, and a soulful mix of our newest tunes and all-time favorites. Please come if you can, and spread the word to anyone who might be in our neck of the woods at that time. (Details here.)
Next best option: Purchase our Holiday CD, “All These Gifts” for yourself, and buy a bunch to give as gifts to everyone on your list. (Special 25% discount on all our recordings from now through Dec. 31.)
DeVorrs distrubutor calls it, The Musical Gem of the Season, Sparkling with beautiful original songs that dive into the Heart of the Holidays from a refreshingly tasteful variety of styles and mystical points of view.
“Ride through light and shadow with a gospel choir, traditional-sounding original carols, Mel Tormé-inspired jazz, heartful ballads, a Jewish round, Celtic celebrations of the winter solstice, a medley of rare classics, and finally an original soul-bred country waltz. Irresistable!”
We started writing and recording this admittedly unusual Christmas album a couple of years ago, and released it last December. We love every song on it. Some we’ve written quite recently, others we’ve been singing for years. We put together this collection with all of you in mind, so that you can listen in your car, or at home baking cookies, or cleaning the house, or untangling frustrating strings of Christmas tree lights, and it will tune you effortlessly into the real spirit of the season.
How many mind-numbing renditions of “Jingle Bell Rock” and truly awful pop versions of “Frosty the Snowman” have you already been subjected to, blaring out of the speakers at your local gas station? We feel your pain.
So we are happy to offer you songs like “A Celtic Christmas” which sounds a little like some of our favorite old-time carols, but brings in new ways of looking at the run-up to Dec. 25, and beyond. It’s so fun to wrap these words and ideas up in music we love and then give them as gifts to you. (Listen here)
Years ago JD and I walked a labyrinth while at a retreat in New Mexico led by our dear friend and teacher Evan Hodkins. Apparently in Medieval times, when true believers couldn’t undertake a physical pilgrimage to one of the holy sites of Christendom, they would follow the folded-up path of a labyrinth instead. Although based on the original ancient design, our New Mexican labyrinth was slightly out of the ordinary because the lines were drawn with colored Christmas lights on a grassy field, and we walked it under a starry summer sky.
The idea is to slow down and stay in prayerful meditation as you walk, just being present, asking for guidance, and appreciating the moment. I remember the thrill of approaching the center, that symbolic heart of God, and then having to follow the path as it swooped clear out to a far arm of the labyrinth. For a couple of seconds my over-achiever habit kicked in, and I felt like I must be doing it wrong. Then, as I calmed down, I realized that I didn’t have to make a big goal of getting to the center. Because everywhere we go we’re already in the center, if we just wake up to it. We’re always living in the heart of God. It’s sort of a win/win situation.
So, JD and I are happy to be able to sing, (from personal experience now,) “Unfolding holy labyrinth, the turning of the year, we end our simple pilgrimage upon a midnight clear….So deck the halls with boughs of holly, lightly falling snow. We’ll fill with light this silent night, and let the old year go.”
We try to tuck as much love and good will as we can into all our songs. Thanks again for listening, and for sending these tunes out into the world. We hope you have a beautiful Holiday Season and a very Merry Christmas.
Love from Jan & JD
Our family at a Winter Solstice Concert
Click here for details of these and all coming events
• December 21
25th Annual Winter Solstice Concert
• January 10
Special Music at Agape International Spiritual Center
Culver City, CA
• January 17
Music & Message at Unity of Tustin
• February 7
Music & Message at Unity of Sarasota
• February 10-15
Positive Music Festival
• February 14
Special Music at First Unity of Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg, FL
• March 27
Music & Message at Sierra Center for Spiritual Living
Grass Valley, CA
• April 3
Music & Message at Spiritual Life Center