So I have released my first CD, my first solo recording and my 1st Christmas album all in one fell swoop.
“Robert Burton’s Left Handed Christmas” is a collection of lesser known seasonal songs.
By 1st CD I mean I have recorded and/or performed on many CD’s (as well as records and tapes) but this CD is mine in almost all ways including using only my own money. No arts grants, no fundraisiers. By first solo recording I mean I played all the instruments, wrote all the arrangements and engineered the whole recording and mastering process (as well as the cover art). As opposed to a recording with just my name and face on the front cover but played by me and 5 others, an engineer to record it etc. By Christmas album I mean songs that are themed around that time of year Advent AND Christmas.
I chose what, I think, are lovely melodies but songs that are not that well known compared to normal Christmas material. The opening track, Veni Veni Emmanuel is a 12th century melody. This is an Advent hymn and may be the best known of all tracks, having been covered by quite a few singers. I have done it in a purely instrumental setting, as are all the tracks, and so I hope I have brought something new to it. 17th century hymn ‘Angels of the Realm of Glory’, 14th Century song ‘Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella’ are followed by Johnny Marks’ “A Caroling We Go”.