Home Grown Music by Liberty Chick

cd-cover-2008A Little Bit of Home from Liberty Chick: A Home Grown Holiday (2008 Compilation)

I know, it’s early to be posting holiday music, isn’t it?  Well, a friend asked me to post these downloads for him for a project he was working on.  While I was at it, I thought, “why not share it with everyone and tell them the story behind it?”  We could probably all use a little holiday cheer right about now, even if it is a little early. happy

As many of you know, I’m a classically trained flutist and have spent many of my years performing, teaching and producing community outreach programs.  While my corporate career has since kept me busy, my music and art always remain close to my heart.  Making CDs with friends and family had always been a favorite activity of mine as the winter months approached.   Initially begun as an impromptu “jam session” after hosting Thanksgiving dinner for old college friends in 1993, this event became an annual tradition for a while that dually served as a reunion of sorts, providing the perfect outlet to have fun with friends and make music together in a casual setting.

Go Directly to Liberty Chick Music Downloads, below

Somewhere along the way, we began making a more coordinated project out of the annual event. And for years, a few of us actually aspired to move to Vermont or New Hampshire and become something of a new generation of Windham Hill recording artists (yes, we really did!). But we always kept the “home grown holiday” feel to our little grass-roots project. And through it, we created permanent memories from our music, which could be shared with each other and with others – many of the performers on the CD sent it out each year in place of the standard holiday card.  And something about it for me had always brought me closer to home, as my grandparents, their seven children and dozens of us grandchildren enjoyed listening to each CD together all throughout the holidays each year.

While I still aspire to move to New England and retire to my music someday (I can still dream, can’t I?), things are different nowadays – some friends are busy raising their children, others have moved away; sadly some friends and family have since passed away, and others have simply moved on.  But the music always remains with us still, and this one represents a compilation of some of my favorites of our old recordings.  I usually wait until November to start passing out the holiday music, but it’s been a hard year for so many of us, I thought we could all use a little “home grown” spirit.

Enjoy the selections!

(Liberty Chick)

NOTE: To provide at least some semi-privacy for the performers, I’ve used only the initial of last names.  If you want to get in touch with any of the performers or find out more, feel free to contact me via email and I’ll be happy to assist.

Music Downloads

All files are in .mp3 format.  Files will open in your default audio player, or you can download Quicktime or Windows Media Player for free.

All arrangements are by Richard Phillips except where otherwise noted. (Yes, he was my ex-hubby…he still plays in the NJ/PA area as far as I know)

The First Noel

Mandy N.—flute
Brian B.—congas
Rich P.—guitar choir, bass, banjo head, tambourine

Good King Wenceslas – What Child Is This

Mandy N.—flute
Amy P.—oboe
Rich P.—mandolin, guitars, bass

O Come All Ye Faithful

Mandy N.—flute
Billy D.—fiddle
Rich P.—bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

The Eastern Wind Symphony
(most of us also previously performed with this wind ensemble)
EWS scores transcribed & conducted by Dr. William H. Silvester.

Angels We Have Heard On High

Mandy N.—flute
Rich P.—bass

Winter Wonderland

Mandy N.—flute
Rich P.—guitars, bass


Mandy N.—flute, piccolo
Rich P.—mandolins, e-bow guitars

O Holy Night

Mandy N.—flute
Amy P.—oboe
John O.—accordion
Rich P.—guitars, bass

Frosty the Snowman

Mandy N.—flute
Karen C.—trombone

Low How a Rose E’er Blooming

The Eastern Wind Symphony
(most of us also previously performed with this wind ensemble)
EWS scores transcribed & conducted by Dr. William H. Silvester.

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Mandy N.—flute
Rich P.—piano sequencing, guitar, bass

White Christmas

John O.—accordion

Joy to the World

The Eastern Wind Symphony
(most of us also previously performed with this wind ensemble)
EWS scores transcribed & conducted by Dr. William H. Silvester.

Coventry Carol

Mandy N.—flute, alto flute, bass flute

Sleigh Ride

The Eastern Wind Symphony
(most of us also previously performed with this wind ensemble)
EWS scores transcribed & conducted by Dr. William H. Silvester.



Filed under Christmas, Community, Family, Holiday, liberty, Music, The 912 Project, the912Project

3 responses to “Home Grown Music by Liberty Chick

  1. thank you for sharing your gift; I only listened to a little. Hoping you will continue sharing it with us; it connects us all


    • Mandy,
      A close friend of mine forwarded this to me. It’s lovely and reminds me of YOU. I hope you are well. I’ve lost track of my favorite . Let me know how you are doing. I do miss seeing you once-in-a-while.

      As you might know, I’ve retired to sunny Florida and am enjoying it. I’m only here for about 3 weeks and then we drive out to Utah for 3 and back here. In between we stop off at our children’s homes in Lititiz, PA, and Cincinnati, OH. So, we are adding the mileage up rather fast.

      My very best wishes to you.

      • Oh, how precious!!! My favorite conductor (and teacher and mentor)! For those visiting this page, this is the man himself 🙂
        Please look up some of his work. My professor in college before he retired (http://www.tcnj.edu/~music/faculty/Silvester.html), conductor of Eastern Wind Symphony, and so many other great musical groups…

        So happy to get back in touch with you again. It’s been too long. I will email you.


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