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


~~December 23, 21014~~ 

Christmas is fast approaching. There are four 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.

This some is one of my many favorites and it’s a very special one.

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Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, released in 1971 as a single by John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir. It was the seventh single release by Lennon outside of his work with the Beatles. The song reached number 4 in the UK, where its release was delayed until November 1972, and has periodically reemerged on the UK Singles Chart, most notably after Lennon’s death in 1980, at which point it peaked at number 2.

Also a protest song against the Vietnam War, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” has since become a Christmas standard, frequently covered by other artists, appearing on compilation albums of seasonal music, and named in polls as a holiday favorite.

These are times of turmoil and conflict. It’s felt all over the world. At the same time the holidays are upon us.

This song is timeless and immemorial. Still applies to the current world events.

” …… And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
Yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
What have we done?
Another year over
A new one just begun ….. “

~~GALLERY~~

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~~Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015~~

Song “Happy Christmas (War Is Over)” by Celine Dion

~~Published on Dec 19, 2012~~

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Merry Christmas everyone! Warmest wishes. Thank you for your support throughout the entire year. Happy holidays!  Hallmark’s Christmas Movies and Animations.

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


~~December 21, 2014~~ 

Christmas is fast approaching. There are four 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.

A few days ago, we posted the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” epic song. 

~GET THE LINK HERE~

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/at-the-end-of-the-day-seven-days-till-christmas-2/

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Today we are presenting the original version. 

Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in 1984 to raise money for relief of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia. The original version was produced by Midge Ure and released byBand Aid on 28 November 1984.

In October 1984, a BBC television report by Michael Buerk was aired in the UK, which highlighted the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer Bob Geldof saw the report and was inspired to raise money to relieve those affected by the famine. He called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.

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Band Aid is a charity super-group featuring mainly British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia by releasing the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” for the Christmas market that year. On 25 November 1984, the song was recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and was released in the UK four days later. The single surpassed the hopes of the producers to become the Christmas number one on that release.

Two subsequent re-recordings of the song to raise further money for charity also topped the charts. The original was produced by Midge Ure. The 12″ version was mixed by Trevor Horn. It was announced on 7 November 2014 that a new version of the song was recorded by artists under the name of Band Aid 30.

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~~GALLERY~~ 

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In England, and much of the Northern Hemisphere, snow and numerous displays leave no doubt that Christmas is near. In most of Africa, however, it’s quite warm on December 25th, since it’s summer there.

This song asks us to think of those who are living in poverty and hunger in Africa during the Christmas season, reminding us that they might not even know it’s Christmas. While the sentiment and melody are full of good tidings, the lyrics are quite bleak:

“The Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom.”

Paul Young, Boy George, George Michael, Simon Le Bon, and Bono. The chorus included David Bowie, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Geldof, Ure and many other artists who weren’t given a verse but sang the “Feed The World” part and lent their images to the effort by appearing in the promotional photo. Check out the Band Aid photo with list of performers.

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~~Do they Know it’s Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984~~

~~Uploaded on Dec 11, 2011~~

Probably the most important music video to be made in the last 40 years. Just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago.

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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.

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~FROM THE YOUTUBE DESCRIPTION~

“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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~~GALLERY~~

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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.

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

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~Uploaded on Dec 19, 2011~

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


~~December 19, 2014~~ 

Christmas is fast approaching. There are six 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.

Heartwarming!

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WHERE ARE YOU CHRISTMAS?”

Where Are You Christmas” was originally recorded by Faith Hill and written by Mariah Carey, James Horner, and Will Jennings. While Jon was writing the arrangement, a thought came to him to have a child sing just the last verse. He asked his daughter Sarah. The combination of her beautifully-innocent voice and the love between a father and daughter make this magical. Our wish is that this video reminds you of the ones you love that are hopefully close to you at Christmas time.

We filmed this live at a recent Christmas Concert. It was one of our shortest video shoots/edits ever, which was surreal after spending 3 months on Cello Wars!!

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~~GALLERY~~

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~Where Are You Christmas? (ft. guest artist, Sarah Schmidt)~

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~~Uploaded on Dec 14, 2011~~

Piano: Jon Schmidt
Cello: Steven Sharp Nelson
Voice: Sarah Schmidt … BTW–This is the same Sarah that inspired him to write Love Story Meets Viva La Vida. 

Arrangement produced by Jon Schmidt
Arrangement written by Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek
Video filmed and produced by Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios

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We ALL are ONE!!

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