Hark the Herald




Music for the Holidays from Strings Attached show

Summary: Christmas and Holiday Music from Karen Mal & Will Taylor Read about,  listen to and support our music below. You listened to it free, but it wasn't free to make this music...so in this new world of the "free music, want to help out, do your part to support our continued creation of great acoustic music? Read below or just signup to get all of our music as a patron of Strings Attached See more about it here.... "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection Hymns and Sacred Poems. Its lyrics had been written by Charles Wesley. Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today. Moreover, Wesley's original opening couplet is "Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings". - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Buy the CD with any credit cardITUNESMP3'S or WAV files direct from the artistCall 512-589-8749 to order by phone.Call me and I'll write a note and send it to them personally!​SPOTIFY - Coming soFree Pick of the WeekOr buy it in AUSTIN texas at Waterloo Records Buy the CD with any credit cardITUNESMP3'S or WAV files direct from the artistCall 512-589-8749 to order by phone.Call me and I'll write a note and send it to them personally! ​SPOTIFYAMAZONThe story behind Austin for Christmas All of the songs in this collection were favorites of my mother.  She loved filling the house with Christmas decorations, smells of  many varieties of cookies baking, which she'd arrange in spectacular colorful gift trays, and of course Christmas music draped over the top of everything. She'd play the vinyl records on our massive stereo which was as long as our dining room table,.and she'd be as happy as we'd ever see her all year. Her happiness in itself was the best part of the season. It was contagious and it was fleeting. In our household, Christmas music represented the hope of another year, maybe a better year, and a momentary suspension of all things worrisome or sorrowful.    "Yuletide by the fireside and joyful memories there." We chose the songs with an underlying theme of togetherness. No matter where you fall on the religious/ spiritual spectrum, holidays are a time of connection.  Of reunion and reflectionand gratitude. And being together as the bustling world mercifully grinds to a halt, creating a glow in the darkness of the long nights of winter.  - KAREN MAL The story behind A Mandolin Christmas A jazz musician, a folk artist, 20 fingers pulling 14 strings & 19 ancient melodies that time has polished. A Mandolin Christmas        Deep in the throes of the hottest summer on record in Austin,  TX, Karen Mal and Will Taylor decided to make a Christmas album. It was a 112-degree "Silent Night" in their un-airconditioned recording studio in August. Even the cat was sweating.      The couple had collaborated on many musical projects; his, hers, and their ensemble's, but a "Mandolin Christmas" is purely a duet in every sense of the word.  It's a dance between two partners: the mandolin and the classical guitar.  And that's it.  Karen and Will are perhaps better-known as vocalist and violinist, respectively, but as the tracks blossomed, the two instruments just didn't seem to want any company. There's a simple elegance in the combination that makes for a classic record.      "A Mandolin Christmas" is also a duet between traditional folk music and jazz.  The music includes pristine old-style classical arrangements, and also subtle and playful jazz harmonizations, weaving around familiar melodies that sound like home.   You can practically smell the sugar cookies coming out of the oven, see the kitchen windows steaming up.       Even the packaging is a duet. Karen staged t