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A Family Christmas is filled with the diverse components that have typified the "TPG Twist" fun, irreverent combinations that people find refreshing. The album features new takes on Christmas classics such as "Let it Snow," "Winter Wonderland" and "Silent Night," as well as two original compositions from Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson. And, for the first time since their breakthrough video of "What Makes You Beautiful," all four of The Piano Guys perform together for a remarkable version of "Angels We Have Heard on High," which will be supported by a new YouTube video. Says Schmidt, "We spent a lot of time crafting the album so that there's something for everybody. It's an opportunity to jam and dance around the house while decorating the tree as well as the chance to sit back with somebody you love and look at the fireplace." The deluxe CD and DVD set includes a bonus DVD of their hit holiday music videos.
DVD track list:
1.O Come, Emmanuel
2.Carol of the Bells / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3.Where Are You Christmas
4.We Three Kings
6.A Family Christmas Yule Log Edition
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If you enjoy the Piano Guys music, buy this CD, you will not regret it!
After listening to it several times I have decided why this is so easy to listen to even though the holiday itself is so far away. Most Christmas music focuses on the Christmas aspect. These guys though focus on the MUSIC aspect which makes this CD an excellent choice to listen to any time of year.
Love the arrangements. "Angels We Have Heard On High" and "Good King Wenceslas" were particularly stirring. If you're looking for a good Christmas album, this is it.
I don't really listen to this kind of music anymore, but I purchased this album to give to a family member for her birthday and CANNOT BELIEVE HOW GOOD IT IS. I used to listen to Jon Schmidt back in the day (we're talking 90s here) when I was a teenager and he was just starting out. I purchased his very first album when it was newly released and used to go to his concerts when they were held in little tiny venues. "All of Me" was my favorite song, and I spent hours at the piano perfecting it.
Fast forward almost two decades. I hadn't listened to Jon's music in years, and I was blown away by how good this album is. Just...WOW. I've been listening to it nonstop all afternoon as I've been designing my Christmas cards, and it's truly inspiring. I could listen to "Where Are You Christmas?" on repeat all day. I am duly impressed. Count me as a re-converted fan!
P.S. As I went to purchase tickets to the Piano Guys Christmas concert to give to my parents (and saw the prices) my husband and I had a little chuckle as we remembered attending one of Jon's concerts back in the day at our university. I think the tickets were $5 and the room where it was held (not even a theater) wasn't even full. Jon, you've come a long way and deserve every bit of success! I love seeing someone make it big doing what they love, and Jon's passion for music rings in every note. Bravo!
Holiday albums, or Christmas music, however one chooses to refer to this seasonal genre is a strange piece of the musical spectrum. This music holds a very specific emotional, even familial, tie to the greater part of folks. The "old" songs seem to always hold sway over anything new that comes along. So, the old carols, chants, ancient-leaning instrumented, the Bing Crosby, Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Peggy Lee, etc., on and on recordings always trump newer efforts.
Yet, it seems that every 8-10 years there is a new piece or song that strikes like a lightening-bolt and wakes us all up and grabs us by our heart, ears, and/or other pleasure-sensing organs, and we take this new piece into our collective "loved" seasonal music, sort of like binding a new chapter into a treasured old book of love.
Silver Bells, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Christmas in Dixie, Little Drummer Boy, are examples of this. Occasionally, a real out-there entry takes hold also, like Feliz Navidad, or (lord help us all) Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer sidles in and takes a place amongst all the old treasures. Most, though, just get one season or less of airplay and then are lost to the great majority...they just cannot hold up to our favorites from years gone by. I attribute this mostly to the fact that the Holidays are so emotionally charged that the older always bring fond memories of loved ones now gone or still with us. The new has no connection to us like the old ones have.
I got a text from a cousin to go to the link she sent, taking me to youtube. What I was seeing and hearing literally sat me down with amazement. Great musicianship and talent will always get my undivided attention, but what I was not only witnessing that, but tremendous creativity, ingenuitive thinking, and an amazingly creative team effort, together to create and deliver up something so different, original, marvelous to see and listen to that I was nothing short of transfixed by it. This was what is the opening track on this album, a mind-boggling rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High. The ingenuity and creative talent to execute this amazingly complicated "arrangement" is breathtaking to watch. Ribbons of horsehair from a cello bow, pieces of paper, tapping with fingers and little hammers, etc., all need to be witnessed to appreciate what these 4 men are doing...hearing is wonderful, seeing it is mesmerizing. I will send you to witness this later here.
The contents on the cd in this special cd/dvd set are:
1. Angels We Have Heard on High
2. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
3. Good King Wenceslas
4. Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. Where Are You Christmas
6. Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland
7. Still, Still, Still
8. We Three Kings
9. Away in a Manger
10. Christmas Morning
11. Winter Wind
12. Silent Night
1. O Come, Emmanuel
2. Carol of the Bells/God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
3. Where Are You Christmas (featuring Sarah Schmidt, Jon Schmidt's daughter)
4. We Three Kings
6. A Family Christmas Yule Log Edition
This was produced and directed by the musicians themselves....More Creativity from these amazingly talented guys!
5 Stars for Talent!
5 Stars for Musical Execution/Musicianship!
5 Stars for Creativity!
5 Stars for Production and Direction by Themselves!
5 Stars for Excellent Natural Sound and Fidelity!
(25 Stars? -- You decide for yourself!)
I have had this cd in my player now for two weeks, and so far, two or three times a day I give it another spin! What does this tell you? Either I am stupid and don't know "good" when I hear it, or this album is simply astounding, worthy of my time to keep listening to it. I think it is the latter, and I most heartily recommend it to you. And, with that, I send you here to witness for yourself! [...]* I cannot imagine anyone not totally loving this most special album from these exceptionally talented men.
*amazon removed my link that I inserted here for you, so copy and paste the last line below in a youtube search to see and hear this amazing piece.
Angels We Have Heard on High (Christmas w/ 32 fingers and 8 thumbs)
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& their music is so nice to listen to.
I'm very impressed with this album
& would highly recommend it.
Now bought Piano Guys and Piano Guys 2.
Get them and see and hear for yourself (they come with dvds).