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Christmas Belles

by Raison D'Etre

Your favorite holiday songs interpreted with heart and delight from three women who know that their "reason for being" is to sing together.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angels We Have Heard on High
2:34 $0.99
2. What Child is This?
1:27 $0.99
3. Silver Bells
2:41 $0.99
4. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2:57 $0.99
5. Light of the Stable
2:43 $0.99
6. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
2:41 $0.99
7. Sweet Little Jesus Boy
2:03 $0.99
8. Mary Had a Baby
4:30 $0.99
9. Deck the Halls
1:26 $0.99
10. Silent Night
2:56 $0.99
11. Joy to the World
1:39 $0.99
12. The First Noel
3:29 $0.99
13. Winter Wonderland
2:16 $0.99
14. O Come All Ye Faithful
3:00 $0.99
15. Go Tell it on the Mountain
2:30 $0.99
16. Christmas Bells
2:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Take a Christmas Walk with Raison D'Etre...

Raison D'Etre carols each winter at an event called "Frontier Christmas" near Maysville, KY. "Christmas Belles" is their effort to preserve the feeling of those three-hour outdoor performances along the rough stone footpaths of Old Washington, an 18th Century settlement along the Ohio River. Often described by the trio as their "bonnet head" gig, since pioneer attire is required for most performers and artisans, this caroling renews Raison D'Etre each season and reminds them how good it feels to make a joyful noise.

OK, so sometimes the carols sound decidedly 20th Century. Part of the charm of caroling is surprising the unsuspecting revelers with an occasional Andrews Sisters tune. So while you're gathered in your cozy room, listening to older carols, smelling that cabin wood smoke, tasting that hot cider, and remembering all those marvelous carved Santas you saw on your Christmas Walk, delight in a few "creative anachronisms" that suddenly transport you to the Christmas celebrations of the 1940s or to the Sea Islands of South Carolina, or even to the contemporary beauty of "Light of the Stable."

Your own personal Christmas Walk ends with the contemplative poem by Longfellow, "Christmas Bells."
Can there be peace on earth? Ask the bells. For those who listen, heaven and earth are always singing.



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Carol Swanson

Sweet...harmonizations are liquid gold!
In CHRISTMAS BELLES, these women offer voices that are crystal pure and harmonies that are bright, tight, and bursting with beauty.

Joanne B.

The Belles of Christmas!
This cd is making my holidays brighter! Powerful arrangements, interesting harmonies. Pure fun!

Dixie Hoffman

My favorite Christmas CD!
I have a lot of Christmas CDs. For my last eight Christmases, the CD that receives the most play is Raison D'Etre's "Christmas Belles". It contains beautiful arrangements and harmonies on favorite traditional Christmas songs as well as a couple of not-as-well-known songs -- which have now also become favorites of mine.

Bill B.

This album is beautiful in its simplicity and harmonies and spirit. It features one of the most lovely versions of "Emmanuel" that I have heard.

Bill B.