Nathan Clark George
With special guests Mark Stoffel & Ross Sermons. This is a beautiful collection of both ancient and new Christmas Music.
When I sat down at the dining room table in Mark’s country home, I was armed with only a few tunes, a few ideas, and a general direction. However, sitting there with me were two great musicians, Mark Stoffel and Ross Sermons, willing and wanting to dive in. Over the next few hours we landed on about 8 songs, some of which had a clear path, while others were fairly daunting. After three days of recording, our brains were taxed, my fingers hurt, and I was unsure of our success. It took time away from the project to gain clarity once again, but what emerged through the summer as I listen to one song after another was something magical and beautiful. The approach we took was in the same stream, and yet different than A Midwinter’s Eve, our first recording of music for the Advent season. That CD, perhaps, captured a sense of mournful joy. But this was more intricate and even classical in nature. In my view, this music is more stretching, more engaging, more difficult, more simple, more secure, more playful, and more lovely. Because of this I was tempted to add more and more in the way of instrumentation. However, it’s the simplicity and “breathing” room that allows one to imagine and “hear” more while listening. My sincere hope is that will you sense the simplicity, the peace, the stillness, and the love we have poured into each note. We have done this because we love this music, we love beauty, and we love to share that with each other and with whomever may listen as we play.
released December 1, 2010
Nathan Clark George - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Mark Stoffel - Mandolin, Violin, & Vocals
Ross Sermons - Upright Bass
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