Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Today's Christmas cd/Laura's Gift

This young man, Bill Tobin, was a student of my husband's years ago, and he performs around the area. He plays the Celtic harp so beautifully. He has several albums, and Laura's Gift is his Christmas offering. This cd has sixteen Christmas songs, including The Sussex Mummer's Carol, Bring A Torch Jeannette Isabella, and The Holly and The Ivy, to name three of my favorites. It is lovely music for a snowy December day.

I feel badly about today's cd choice because there isn't any place you can buy it unless you live nearby. But I'll tell you what. If you would like me to send you a copy, leave a comment here before Saturday, and I'll draw a name out of a winter hat.


  1. This sounds wonderful, and his name seems familiar. Is there an online purchase option?

  2. Oh, Nan, I'd be ENCHANTED to win a copy of this CD!
    About my photo: no snow down here in Los Angeles, but we do get winter up in the mountains. We have a vacation cabin up there. This photo is just rocks, though -- you were right.
    Jeanne :)

  3. I'm embarrassed to say that it wasn't until last year that I realised that there were other Christmas carols around the world that were not sung in Canada (eep!). However this has now been a great source of enjoyment for me - getting to know the carols that I have never heard yet tweak deep and wonderful memories in others. I'd never heard of In the Bleak Midwinter so I looked it up (good ol' Google) and printed it off. I played it on the piano and could hear right away why you would love it the way you do. My mother, as a little girl, loved Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella because her name is Janet Isabel and felt the song was about her.

  4. You have such good taste in music
    that I would love to have my name
    in the hat! I passed a Stacey Kent
    youtubes to my sister and two brothers who celebrated their BIG birthdays in St Martin over Thanksgiving. The Ice Hotel!
    All because of your blog!
    They loved it!


  5. I just discovered your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it. How nice to see Hal Borland and Gladys Taber quoted. I'd love the chance to win the CD.

  6. Thank you all for commenting, and you will see the winner posted today.

    Jeanne, it really is such a great winter shot!

    Colleen, what a treat it must be to have a piano and be able to play it! I'm glad you know the song now. It is so, so beautiful. And that's a great story about your mom and the song.

    Patty, and Tara, thanks for coming by.

    Bonnie, I'm so glad you have a blog now. And that others love Stacey Kent!

    Judy, I hope you will visit again. And that you like Gladys Taber and Hal Borland. I'm just learning more about him. I first heard of him through reading her books.

  7. I think I am too late, but I will give it a try! Please enter me in your CD contest. "Happy Holidays!"


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