MUSIC: A Home Grown Christmas

As many of you know, I’m not just a researcher and writer.  I’m actually a classically trained flutist and have spent many, many of my years as a performer, and some years teaching music and producing community outreach programs.  While my corporate career and writing have since kept me busy, my music always remains close to my heart.  The story behind this CD is a special one.  If you’re interested, read the history after the jump.

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That’s me on flute, piccolo, alto flute and bass flute wherever you hear them.
Read full credits below.

  1. Good King Wenceslas – What Child Is This
  2. The First Noel
  3. Coventry Carol
  4. O Come All Ye Faithful
  5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (wind ensemble)
  6. Angels We Have Heard On High
  7. Winter Wonderland
  8. Pat-a-Pan
  9. O Holy Night
  10. Frosty the Snowman
  11. Low How a Rose E’er Blooming (wind ensemble)
  12. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  13. White Christmas
  14. Joy to the World (wind ensemble)
  15. Sleigh Ride (wind ensemble)


History

Making CD recordings with friends and family had always been a favorite activity of mine as the winter months approached every year.   Initially begun as an impromptu “jam session” after hosting a post-Thanksgiving dinner for college friends in 1993, this event became an annual tradition that dually served not only as a recording session but as a reunion of sorts, providing the perfect outlet to have fun with friends and to make music together in a casual setting.  The end result was a new Christmas CD every year that spread like wildfire in our local communities.

Somewhere along the way, we began making a more coordinated project out of the annual event, and recording became a career and way of life for some time.  For years, a few of us actually aspired to move to Vermont or New Hampshire and become something of a new generation of remote mountain-dwelling Windham Hill recording artists (yes, odd, I know…especially for a non-liberal).  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.  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 every year.

While I still aspire to move to the New England mountains and retire to my writing and my music someday (I love the snow), 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.   They’re the selections that my grandmother used to play while she was making holiday cookies, and that her sister  – my great aunt – would listen to while putting out luminaries along her driveway and down the block.  The music just reminds me of sipping hot chocolate with family by a burning fireplace on a snowy day.  It’s always sort of nice to feel a little of that “home grown” spirit again.

Enjoy the selections!

Mandy
(Liberty Chick)


Credits:

All arrangements are by Richard Phillips except where otherwise noted. (Yes, he was my ex-hubby…).

Several selections performed by The Eastern Wind Symphony , a wind ensemble with which most of the musicians on the CD (including me) previously performed, under the direction of Dr. William H. Silvester.  EWS scores transcribed & conducted by Dr. William H. Silvester.

Performers:

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.

  1. Good King Wenceslas – What Child Is This: Mandy N.—flute / Amy P.—oboe / Rich P.—mandolin, guitars, bass
  2. The First Noel: Mandy N.—flute / Brian B.—congas / Rich P.—guitar choir, bass, banjo head, tambourine
  3. Coventry Carol: Mandy N.—flute, alto flute, bass flute
  4. O Come All Ye Faithful: Mandy N.—flute / Billy D.—fiddle / Rich P.—bass, banjo, mandolin, guitar
  5. Hark the Herald Angels Sing: The Eastern Wind Symphony
  6. Angels We Have Heard On High: Mandy N.—flute / Rich P.—bass
  7. Winter Wonderland: Mandy N.—flute / Rich P.—guitars, bass
  8. Pat-a-Pan: Mandy N.—flute, piccolo / Rich P.—mandolins, e-bow guitars
  9. O Holy Night: Mandy N.—flute / Amy P.—oboe / John O.—accordion / Rich P.—guitars, bass
  10. Frosty the Snowman: Mandy N.—flute / Karen C.—trombone
  11. Low How a Rose E’er Blooming: The Eastern Wind Symphony
  12. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear: Mandy N.—flute / Rich P.—piano sequencing, guitar, bass
  13. White Christmas: John O.—accordion
  14. Joy to the World: The Eastern Wind Symphony
  15. Sleigh Ride: The Eastern Wind Symphony

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Matt Damon: Mouthpiece for ACORN Spawn, Working Families Party

by Liberty Chick

It looks like Matt Damon’s been overdosing on Kool-Aid again. He’s apparently doing the bidding now for the ACORN spawn, Working Families Party. Watch as he asks you for his birthday present.


 

I’m about to celebrate a very important birthday myself, Matt. On November 13th, I turn 41 ! I know, I can’t believe it either.

If there’s something you want to give me for my birthday that’s going to really cheer me up, please tell the recently departing Working Families Party co-chair Bertha Lewis to stop referring to constitutional conservatism as “McCarthyism”. And while you’re at it, could you please ask your friend, President Obama not to call American citizens “enemies” simply for not belonging to his political party?

I think maybe it’s time to step away from Soroswood and start paying attention to the real world.

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Perhaps we need to remind folks about the Working Families Party.

Originally founded by ACORN, the United Auto Workers (UAW), and the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the Working Families Party serves as a coalition of organizers and activists for what it claims are social and economic justice causes. In states where it is legally permitted, WFP also sponsors candidates via what’s called “fusion voting“. Instead of splitting the vote with a third-party, fusion voting allows groups to endorse a candidate under a different banner.

So, in reality, WFP enables their coalition’s endorsed candidates to get listed on the ballot – twice. I’m sure that’s not intentionally misleading for voters at all (eye roll). (read the rest on Big Hollywood…)

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SEIU Protests Hospital for Defending Employees’ Freedom

by Liberty Chick

It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year in the lovely Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, when the trees are gorgeous hues of crimson and gold, and the sweet smell of hot apple cider is in the brisk autumn air.  As you walk in and out of little village colonials and saltbox houses donning  fall mums and pumpkins on their porches, you’re hit with that waft of burning fireplace aroma – the sort of scene that gives you that comfy feeling of peace and contentment.

But turn the corner and that picturesque scene is disrupted by a tiny sea of purple t-shirts and angry faces.  Yep, you got it – it’s the SEIU!   And they’re not in the holiday spirit, apparently.

Pocono Medical Center, a mid-sized, not-for-profit community hospital nestled in the Pocono Mountains near East Stroudsburg University, has been in SEIU’s crosshairs for months.  The union has been demanding a closed shop at the hospital, despite the desires of other workers, and has since made it the crux of its contract negotiations. They were out protesting last week, making their demands known.  (Not many from Pocono Medical Center participated in the protest, so they resorted to recruiting some nearby friends to join them).

For those not familiar with what a “closed shop” is in union terms, this means that all of those employees would be required to be a member of the union and to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

(read the rest at BigGovernment.com…)

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Soros Gives Media Matters $1 Million to Fight Beck and Fox News

It’s official. There have been whispers in recent days, but George Soros decided to go public today. He’s giving Media Matters a million bucks. Why? Because FOX News and Glenn Beck must be stopped!

In a statement released today by Soros and Media Matters:

“Despite repeated assertions to the contrary by various Fox News commentators, I have not to date been a funder of Media Matters,” Soros said. “However, in view of recent evidence suggesting that the incendiary rhetoric of Fox News hosts may incite violence, I have now decided to support the organization. Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast. I am supporting Media Matters in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.”

See, now there you go again, George Soros. Making FOX News out to be the evil (deceptively named) Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s 1984, pushing out packaged Newspeak.

As Politico reported:

Soros figured prominently in the conspiracy theory that allegedly drove convicted felon Byron Williams to arm himself and set out to kill staffers at the Soros-funded Tides Foundation the ACLU this summer. Although Williams said he had first heard of the theory from other sources, he told Media Matters in a jailhouse interview that Glenn Beck was a “schoolteacher” who “blew my mind” on such topics. He told the interviewer to watch Beck’s June shows to get more information about Tides.

On Friday, Drummond Pike, the founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation, said “there will be blood on many hands” if the next assassin succeed, and called for a network-wide advertiser boycott of Fox News in response to Beck’s rhetoric. This morning Media Matters launched a website to join the effort.

Might we remind readers that Mr. Soros has donated money to, among many other organizations, the Tides Foundation.

(more…)

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Tides Foundation Grantee Was Founded by Convicted Terrorist

On July 17th, 2010, 45 year old Byron Williams was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate 580 in Oakland, California for driving erratically.  A violent shootout ensued, and twelve minutes later, it was over.  Police had unknowingly averted an even more heinous crime before it could occur.  The police affidavit filed the next day stated that Williams’ intention was “to start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at The Tides Foundation and the ACLU.”

The left-wing media immediately pounced on the story, eager to exploit the mention of the Tides Foundation, a frequent topic of Glenn Beck’s program on the FOX News Channel.  Since Beck’s arrival to FOX, he has focused in on the organization for its central role in pushing far-left policies and funding left-wing propaganda outlets like Media Matters.  The liberal media watchdog site has been covering the story recently.

In fact, Media Matters, which has received more than $2 million from the Tides Foundation over the last five years, has relentlessly harassed conservative personalities and organizations, especially Glenn Beck, often in what appears to be a coordinated fashion – and to the point of complete monotony.  Just search “Byron Williams” on their website – for the last week alone, Media Matters has made over thirty posts associating Beck with the Byron Williams incident, seemingly implying that Beck and FOX News are directly responsible for Williams’ actions.

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That’s why it came as little surprise Friday when the Tides Foundation released this scathing letter to all of FOX News’ advertisers, signed by CEO Drummond Pike.  It reads in part:

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Soros’ Media Empire: When Elections Fail, Turn to Public Propaganda Journalism

For the last few weeks, I’ve been finalizing some intensive research and was in the process of writing up a multi-part post that was to be published after the mid-term elections.  One of the installments in the series will focus on the left’s push for a public takeover of the media – touching upon everything from the historical aspect of traditional media’s financial collapse, to the left’s “Media Reform” project and “New Public Media” plan, to the complete portfolio of George Soros’ media investments.

However, in light of the most recent onslaught of attacks against Andrew Breitbart and the Big sites, I thought it might be prudent to extract a few different elements from this future series and publish an early post today.  Because given the concerted efforts to use a variety of media and advocacy outlets to manufacture falsehoods in an attempt to intimidate and silence the voice of conservatives, I thought it important for others to see how –and why – some of these media outlets are connected.  Because it extends well beyond Media Matters, NPR, and Huffington Post.

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While the debate continues to rage over the prospect of defunding National Public Radio (NPR) of its federal taxpayer dollars in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, the left is busy tending to its strategy.  They’ve once again taken to opining about their Utopian notion of a national public media system, hoisting it as the antidote to partisan viewpoint peddling.  And by partisan viewpoints, they mean those that aren’t *their* viewpoints.

The left’s fantasies were further spotlighted by several recent developments in the media industry, only weeks and days apart from one another.

  • On October 2, NPR announces $1 million grant from the Knight Foundation
  • On October 7, Center for Public Integrity, an often cited source for liberal journalists, announces a $1.7 million grant from the Knight Foundation.  CPI has also received millions in funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute, including another recent grant of $100,000.
  • On October 17, NPR announces a $1.8 million grant from George Soros’ Open Society Institute
  • On October 18, the Huffington Post announces the merger of its non-profit journalism arm into the Center For Public Integrity, with an additional $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for the merger.
  • On October 20, Media Matters announces a $1 million grant from George Soros’ Open Society Institute
  • On October 26, Google announces a $2 million grant to the Knight Foundation for media innovation

In the midst of this funding blitz, the left quickly summoned its boycotts and attempts at silencing voices against the right: (read the rest at BigJournalism…)

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Dear Tides Founder: Why Does Soros Hate the Right?

Last week, Drummond Pike took his FOX News fight to a whole new level, this time painting all of the right with a scarlet letter.  Coincidentally, Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald had also published a similar piece in much the same vein, only a week prior.

In his opinion contribution piece to Politico titled “Why Does the Right Hate Soros?”, the founder and CEO of Tides Foundation pondered aloud the imaginary reasons he’s fabricated in his mind for the animosity toward the Hungarian born billionaire.

His conclusion?  Because we hate immigrants.

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This is the typical left.  When you don’t get the response you want, inject a new element of manufactured hate into the mix – when you can’t make it about race, make it about immigration.  Drummond Pike even decided to step up the rhetoric, implying that George Soros is in danger because of right-wing media outlets and bloggers.  But the sad truth behind this piece, behind all of these public letters, boycotts and petitions is that they are all coordinated, and they are all aimed at turning the public opinion against those who do not share the ideals of the leftist agenda.

Some highlights from Pike’s opinion piece:

(read the rest at BigJournalism…)

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