SirLady fans…..We have received many emails since the new Christmas Album released, asking if we offer any deals for bulk buy?
Yes! Today only you can receive 50% off the price of LET IT SNOW, by purchasing the album directly from us.
CD’s are only $5.00 if you order direct.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In your email be sure to enter LET IT SNOW DEAL in the subject line.
- In the body of the email, be sure to enter your full name and telephone number at which you can be reached
- We will call you directly to assist in placing your order and accepting your credit card payment for secure check out.
How easy is that?!
This album is perfect for Christmas party music, hostess gifts, stocking stuffers as well as an addition to your Christmas music collection!
This is today only and not honored at other online retailers such as CDBaby, iTunes or Amazon.
As you slowly emerge from your food coma, here are some great ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers:
Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfast? Extra cranberry sauce adds holiday pizzazz to your favorite pancake batter and perhaps a new Thanksgiving ritual!
With its refreshing flavors, this sandwich — a take on the Vietnamese banh mi — is perfect the day after Thanksgiving. It combines turkey with spicy mayonnaise, fresh, crisp vegetables, and fragrant cilantro. Precise measurements aren’t necessary; fill as you like.
Turn two of the season’s most common leftovers — turkey and mashed potatoes — into an outstanding Thanksgiving encore that everyone will love. In the days after Thanksgiving, keep it simple: This dish combines the supper’s surplus with on-hand items. You can swap onions for leeks or use parsley in place of thyme.
Everyone will have fun mixing and matching leftovers to fill pockets of cream-cheese pastry dough. Use turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, vegetables, and anything else you like.
This crowd-pleasing salad, first made popular decades ago, is a pleasing jumble of tastes and textures, including tangy blue cheese, creamy avocado, crisp bacon, and tender turkey.
Reinvent leftover turkey by baking it with broccoli and a rich sauce seasoned with curry powder. Day-old bread makes a golden, crunchy topping.
This hearty black-bean chili uses up leftover gravy as well as turkey. Drop spoonfuls of cornbread batter on top and bake until golden brown.
This simple, delicious preparation combines your holiday extras with melted brie and Dijon mustard.
In this light yet satisfying change of pace from tetrazzini and a la king, goat cheese melts into a creamy sauce for pasta, greens, and turkey.
These croquettes are formed from turkey and mashed potatoes and served with cranberry sauce on the side.
Talk about a good omen, today is the release of Let It Snow and we awoke this morning in Woodstock with the mountains and forests covered in snow and the talk of even more snow coming!
Here is a delightful interview that Kirsten did this past week for promotion of the album that really gives some wonderful insight on why this album means so much to her personally and the song selection.
Why did you decide to do a Christmas album?
As a writer, various clients were writing in looking for cool new twists on holiday music. So my specialty here is often deconstructing the original tune, in different keys and time signatures. Then adding my own interpretation of how the song could sit in this new space. It’s really interesting; like for instance, take When the River Meets The Sea, creating a more fun uptempo soulful version that gets the foot tapping. Then for Newborn King, I stayed with the original recording, putting my classic KD [Kirsten DeHaan] guitar/vocals on top of the original composition. My goal was to make a holiday album that you want to listen to every year. I don’t want to create something that people say “I’m sick of this” particularily when it comes to Holiday/Christmas music. I wanted to give it a fresh, clean, simple perspective. And if I’m lucky, for it to become one of those timeliness recordings.
How did your upbringing influence this album?
It was very influential. Little Drummer Boy was the first song I ever performed live at school. My mom used to work for RCA RECORDS (the Indianapolis manufacturing division) when she immigrated to the US from Germany in the 1960s. She always brought home amazing records to share with us and that is how I was introduced to Bonanza Christmas and John Denver’s Muppets, A Christmas Together. Both of those albums were always blaring all season long year after year and to this very day, we all sing along together. My version of these songs is a tribute to my family and those memories.
What is the message of the album?
Well, the inspiration was to create a warm/cozy and even sexy sound from these classics. The message……well ambitiously, to create a record that strips it all down…..and gets back to basics; around the delivery. I’m always trying to create a beautiful environment, and this time celebrating Christmas almost as a way of life.
For instance, my ideal Christmas is to hopefully have snow, lots of snow – because it forces us to slow down. Then to be with my loved ones next to the fire staring at the Christmas tree with a great glass of wine, listening to the best classic Christmas records.
You cover Silent Night twice, once in English and then in German. Why German? DeHaan Sounds Dutch!
German is my first language! Having a German mother and a Dutch father, we sung Christmas songs in English and German. The cultures of both my father and mother have instilled great values- believing in hard work, nature, friends/family and having a good time. In the end, I hope this has rubbed off. And to have a good time at Christmas!
That is my biggest present, letting go of the stresses, and to just be. I hope this record does just that….allows us to sing, drink/eat and be merry – to love and just be.
Let It Snow, the forthcoming Christmas album by Kirsten DeHaan launches this week. How timely! There is talk of a huge snowstorm to impact the Catskills this week. Last week, we posted the classic Little Drummer Boy featuring David Bowie and Bing Crosby; here is Kirsten’s take on the beloved tune. Enjoy!
Tuesday November 26th, Let It Snow, Album Release!
Saturday December 7th, Live Performance by Kirsten DeHaan at Eckert Fine Art Gallery!
“Take on Me” is a song by the Norwegian synthpop band A-ha. Written by the band members, the song was produced by Alan Tarney for the group’s debut studio album Hunting High and Low, (1985). The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars,keyboards, and drums.
“Take on Me” is a synthpop song that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards, and synthesizers. It moves at a very quick tempo of 170beats per minute. The lyrics are a plea for love,and are constructed in a verse-chorus form with a bridge before the third and final chorus. In the song, Harket demonstrates a vocal range of over two and a half octaves. He sings the lowest pitch in the song, A2, at the beginning of the chorus, on the first syllable of the phrase “Take on me.”
As the chorus progresses, Harket’s voice hits ever higher notes, reaching a falsetto and hitting the song’s highest note (E5) at the end. There is a temporary change of markings in the drum pattern in the chorus, where for two bars the drums play in half time, returning to the same rhythm as before for the climax of the vocal line. A mix of drums,acoustic guitars and electronic instrumentation serves as the song’s backing track.
The second video was directed by Steve Barron, and filmed at Kim’s Café and on a sound stage in London, in 1985. The video used a pencil-sketch animation / live-action combination called rotoscoping, in which the live-action footage is traced-over frame by frame to give the characters realistic movements. Approximately 3,000 frames were rotoscoped, which took 16 weeks to complete.
The video’s main theme is a romantic fantasy narrative. It begins with a montage of pencil drawings in a comic book style representing motorcycle sidecar racing, in which the hero, played by Morten Harket, is pursued by two opponents, one of whom is played by English actorPhilip Jackson. It then cuts to a scene in a cafe, in which a young woman, played by Bunty Bailey (Harket’s girlfriend at the time), is seen drinking coffee and reading the comic book in a coffee shop. As the girl reads, the waitress brings her the bill. The comic’s hero, after winning the race, seemingly winks at the girl from the page. His pencil-drawn hand reaches out of the comic book, inviting the girl into it. Once inside, she too appears in the pencil-drawn form, as he sings to her and introduces her to his black-and-white world which features a sort of looking-glass portal where people and objects look real on one side and pencil-drawn on the other.
Meanwhile, back in the restaurant, the waitress returns to find that the girl is not there. Believing that the girl has left without paying the bill, she angrily crumples and throws the girl’s comic book into a bin. This makes Harket’s two opposing racers reappear, armed with a large pipe wrenchand apparently aggressive. The racers smash the looking glass with the pipe wrench, evidently trapping the girl in the comic book. Harket punches one of the thugs and retreats with the girl into a maze of paper. Arriving at a dead end, he tears a hole in the paper wall so that the girl can escape as the menacing opposing racers close in on him. The girl, now back in the real world and found lying beside the bin to the surprise of restaurant guests and staff, grabs the comic from the bin and runs home, where she attempts to smooth out the creases to learn what happens next.
The next panel shows Harket lying seemingly lifeless, and the girl begins to cry. But he wakes up and tries to break out of his comic-book frames. At the same time, his image appears in the girl’s hallway, seemingly torn between real and comic form, hurling himself repeatedly left-and-right against the walls as he attempts to shatter his two-dimensional barrier. (This scene is largely patterned after a climactic scene in the 1980 film Altered States). He escapes from the comic book by becoming human and stands up. Smiling, the girl runs towards him and he embraces her. The video story is effectively concluded in the intro sequence of its successor, “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.”.
At the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards, the video for “Take on Me” won six awards—Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Most Experimental Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer’s Choice—and was nominated for two others, Best Group Video and Video of the Year. It was also nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Video at the 13th American Music Awards in 1986.
- Director: Steve Barron
- Production Company: Limelight Productions, London
- Producer: Simon Fields
- Cinematographer: Oliver Stapleton
- Editor: Richard Simpson @ Rushes Film Editing, London
- Animation: Michael Patterson & Candace Reckinge
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (at least in the stores)! However, there is snow in the forecast for Woodstock this week and all we can say is;
Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
Today on Music Monday, we share with you a “sneak peek” of Kirsten DeHaan’s Christmas album, Let It Snow.
So……. kick off the holidays with this FREE EXCLUSIVE download, our Christmas gift to you!
Physical CD available Tuesday, Nov 19th for purchase via Amazon.com or download the album at iTunes and all other online distributors.
Pumpkin Soup with Gruyère
- 1 6–8 pound Cinderella, cheese, or Jarrahdale pumpkin
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, finely ground
- 2 large pinches piment d’Espelette
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups (packed) grated Gruyère
- 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs made from white bread
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
- 5–7 cups low-salt chicken stock
- Flat-leaf parsley
Preheat oven to 350°. Cut out a wide circle around stem of pumpkin to make a lid. Lift lid; scrape off any seeds and set aside. Scoop out seeds and strings from inside pumpkin.
Place pumpkin in a roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Rub pumpkin flesh with butter. Sprinkle all over inside with ground fennel seeds and piment d’Espelette. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic, and bay leaves. Pour in stock to come within 3″ of the pumpkin’s rim. Cover with lid.
Roast pumpkin for 1 hour. Remove lid; put lid flesh side up on pan alongside pumpkin and return to oven. Continue to roast until pumpkin flesh is soft when pierced with a knife (take care not to puncture skin), 30-90 minutes more, depending on size of pumpkin.
Discard bay leaves. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, gently scoop a big spoonful of flesh from sides or bottom of pumpkin into each bowl and ladle stock over. Garnish with parsley.