I have one more Christmas gift for you: “Songs For Christmas” by Branches. The sheer joy in making music is what strikes me most about this album. The more I listen to it, the more details of instrumentation, arrangement and sense of rhythm, of being “in the pocket”, I find. Care, creativity and attention to detail are in evidence throughout. The vocals give the album an Indy feel. All the songs are spiritual rather than secular. I regret that I am only making this post the day before Christmas. However, you may follow the Church year, in which Advent is observed in the four weeks before Christmas Day, and then Christmas is celebrated for awhile after Christmas Day (remember “The Twelve Days of Christmas”?). Or you may want to download the album in preparation for next Christmas. Maybe you are one of those happy souls who celebrate Christmas in your heart all year long. In any case, you can (and should) download the album for free (though tips are appreciated) at noisetrade.com. They also have an EP and a single at noisetrade. You can also download “Songs For Christmas” and other Branches offerings at Itunes. I booked bands for a music venue/coffee house from 2008 through 2011 and some members of Branches performed there. If you have a music venue in Southern California, consider inviting Branches to perform.
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This post was powered by the CD, “Songs For Christmas” (2014) by Branches, of course!