Songs for the Snowblind

by Joshua Thomas

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Songs for the Snowblind was recorded throughout November 2012 on minimal home recording equipment. I decided at the beginning of October that I needed a new project, having returned from a long summer tour and in need of routine. I’ve loved holiday music as long I can remember, usually impatient for Thanksgiving to arrive each season so I can officially press ‘play’ and swoon over the tunes we all know so well. I knew that it was going to be a minimal record at best. No guests were invited into my small bedroom/studio.

I had written 'Dollar Store' in the vein of those classic Christmas standards. It’s a melancholy song about inventing a love to be with during the holidays when in reality, you don’t have one. I recorded the piano tracks at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia on a beautiful old Steinway. I had this one original tune that I was really proud of, and began to listen to a bunch of records to get the creative juices flowing (and listen to holiday music early).

I ended up with three traditional Christmas carols, two of which I decided to combine into one song, 'In The Bleak Midwinter/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.' This one wasn’t an original choice of mine, though I’d always loved 'Midwinter.' But 'GRYMG' has always been such a flat tune to me, a song I associate with large choirs of old white people. So I changed some things around a bit and made it my own. The other traditional carol, 'It Came Upon A Midnight Clear', is one of my favorites on the record. I recorded it with just an acoustic guitar and a bit of keyboard.

'Snow Angel' is a song off Over the Rhine’s 2007 album Snow Angels. It was written by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist (in other words, Over the Rhine), and fits in beautifully with the old wartime classics like 'I’ll Be Home For Christmas' and 'White Christmas.' I was drawn to it the second I heard it a few years back, and when I began thinking about recording this EP, I knew this song would have to be on it.

Now, if I could have made four or five holiday albums this year, I would have. There are so many incredible holiday songs in the American Songbook that it was difficult to choose only a few. Don’t worry, next year I’ll record a few more. I chose two of the greatest in my opinion, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' and 'What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?' These are two songs we’ve probably all grown up with, and they’re wrapped in nostalgia. I hope you love these new little renditions of mine.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season. Comfort and joy to all. Much love.

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released December 8, 2012

Mixed & Mastered by Jeremy McDaniel
All instruments and vocals by Joshua Thomas
'Dollar Store' © Joshua Thomas Publishing 2012

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Joshua Thomas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joshua Thomas began his performing career in New York, finally settling in Philadelphia. In the summer of 2010 he released his first EP, under his given name 'Josh Schurr.' He recorded his first full-length album after successfully raising the funds through a Kickstarter campaign. 'Halfway' was released in June 2012, followed by a national US tour. He is currently working on his next project. ... more

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Track Name: Dollar Store (J. Thomas)
Well I made you up
When the winds were rough
And I needed someone I could talk to

So I built a heart
Out of Christmas lights
That I bought a while ago at a dollar store

Boy, you make me laugh
The things I make you say
It's a wonder to be with your love on a holiday

Then I carved your hands
Out of maples trees
So they'd stick to mine till the sap ran dry
And I'd always have a piece of you with me

And a hard snow fell
Filled you in that way
It's a wonder to be with your love on a holiday

Oh what a cold December I'll have
Without a love of mine
This is not what I remember
From all the Christmas songs I love
And the cheer of Auld Lang Syne

Boy, you make me laugh
The things I make you say
It's a wonder to be with your love
Even if he's made up
It's a wonder to be with your love on a holiday