At the end of the day …. “Five Days till Christmas”!!

~~December 20, 2014~~

Christmas is fast approaching. There are five days left before the holiday is upon us. This has been quite the year. As it comes to an end, we hope that this new coming year be better in many aspects.

It Is What It Is” will feature a special song every night as the countdown approaches.

Here is another one by one of my favorite music performers.

Look at this man’s face when he plays. This is a true expression of joy and delight.



“I love these two carols (Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) – they were made for each other — they both capture the excitement of the Christmas Season. I have three children that just get giddy during December – excited each morning as they get closer and closer to Christmas Day. That excitement is so contagious. I love it. It’s the kind of energy and eagerness that keeps you up at night. I wanted to capture that joy and anticipation in this arrangement.

People have told me that this reminds them of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Maybe one year the Pirates franchise will make a Christmas special and THIS could be the theme song! Instead of Carol of the Bells it could be titled ‘Jack Sparrow of the Bells.’
-Steven Sharp Nelson-

Carol of the Bells attributed to Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Traditional English Carol
Arrangement written and produced by Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Featured on the album “Christmas Cello”
Video Producer Paul Anderson
Cinematographer/Editor Tel Stewart



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For my fellow music geeks =) my favorite part of writing this arrangement is the obligatory hemiola due to the meter difference between the two songs — one is 3/4 and the other 4/4. I hope you like the way they collide. My second favorite part is the intense canon at the end that creates a cluster-chord feel and dissonant coda finally resolving with the main theme of BOTH tunes.


~~Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos)~~


~Uploaded on Dec 19, 2011~

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To start the day … “Carol of the Bells”!!

~~December 16, 2014~~ 

This track features an arrangement of the classic carol that is at once both spirited and haunting. Mitch Grassi’s formidable tenor leads the song, and he’s well supported by the rest of the group, though Avi Kaplan’s incredible bass notes deserve a special shoutout (Seriously, how does he go that low?!).

They’re basically like a chorus of angels wearing skinny jeans… or something like that.


Pentatonix (often abbreviated as PTX) is an American a cappella group of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas. Their work, mostly in, but not limited to, the pop music style, consists of covers of pre-existing songs and some original material, sometimes in the form of medleys. Their music is defined by their own arrangement style, a strong presence of low bass vocals, and a diverse range of vocal percussion.

Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Avi Kaplan




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~~Carol of the Bells~~

Official Video

~~Published on Nov 14, 2012~~

Still timeless and impressive


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We ALL are ONE!!