After Seven Years – New Christmas album from Bob Bennett in the works!

August 19, 2009
Costa Mesa, CA
Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett here …

… with a hello and update from south of the border to all Signpost Music enthusiasts!
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For years I’ve been threatening to do a Christmas album.  In late 2007, I was making plans with the late Roby Duke to do just that.  We were set to begin in mid-2008 but his sudden passing the day after Christmas 2007 means that I won’t get to sing with him again for awhile.  I shelved the notion for a bit, but then felt a longing to simply get on with it as best I could.
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I’m very happy to report that I’m two-thirds of the way through recording a new album to be called Christmastide. I’ve been working with Producer and Mr. Yes-I-Can-Play-ThatRoy Salmond.  After hearing Roy’s audio handiwork over the years with Carolyn Arends as well as Steve Bell’s recent Devotion, I’m finding out first-hand what a stellar collaborator he is.
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A few years ago, Steve introduced me to a dear friend of his who is now a dear friend of mine: David Jennings of Incarnation Ministries. David is one of those people who is a One-Man-Army of Encouragement.  When I tossed out the idea of doing a Christmas album, he simply suggested I set the bar a little higher for myself.  “People don’t want to hear you singing the same old Christmas songs, they really want to hear your songs.” I took that friendly challenge to heart and fully half of this album is newly-written original songs.  I’ve revisited a couple of recognizable tunes and re-recorded “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”, but I hope listeners will find it pleasantly unconventional yet something fit for rotation in their Christmas Music playlists.
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I have one more trip to Surrey, BC to make for recording and mixing.  In mid-to-late October, I hope to have physical CDs for sale  and a download scheme in place for those who would rather go that route.  This is all new territory for me, but I am exhilarated at the prospects.
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For me at least, the period between U.S. Thanksgiving and Christmas is not overly busy.  Churches are usually preparing for Holiday Programs.  Now with a new passel of Christmas songs, I hope to be out and about each year earning my Shopping List funds!
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I know that seven years between solo releases is way too long, but it seems to take me an inordinate amount of time to live enough life to result in new songs.  Christmas, as a songwriting subject, is particularly challenging because the language and customs of Christmas are so familiar.  So many classic songs that define the genre are already written and sung endlessly.  Those ruts in the road are pretty well established.  Still I had fun trying to think outside the Christmas Box … and I hope you’ll like what we’ve done.
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More news as we edge closer to completion, develop artwork, etc.  Thanks for your interest.  If you’d like to keep up with what I’m doing, please sign up for the E-Mail List on the web site …no salesman will call. (Editor’s note: look for Bob’s email signup near the bottom of his Calendar page.)
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Sincerely, Bob Bennett
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BOB BENNETT | CHRISTMASTIDE | working songlist
Fall 2009
Produced & Recorded by Roy Salmond
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BOTH THINGS
W/M: Bob Bennett
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BRIGHTEST AND BEST
Words: Reginald Heber  (Public Domain)
Music: James P. Harding (Morning Star)  (Public Domain)
Arrangement: Bob Bennett
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CAROL OF THE MOON AND STARS
W/M: Bob Bennett
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CHRISTMAS FOR CYNICS
W/M: Bob Bennett
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COME THOU NOT EXPECTED BOSSA
Traditional (Public Domain)
Arrangement: Bob Bennett
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DECEMBER MIA
W/M: Bob Bennett
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GOD WITH US
W/M: Bob Bennett
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I SAW THREE SHIPS
Traditional  (Public Domain)
Arrangement/Adaptation: Bob Bennett
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JESUS CHRIST THE APPLE TREE
Words: Anonymous (Collection of Joshua Smith, NH, 1784) (Public Domain)
Music: Elizabeth Poston
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IT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN DECEMBER
W/M: Bob Bennett
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TOMORROW SHALL BE MY DANCING DAY
Words: Traditional  (Public Domain)
Music: John Gardner

7 Comments

  1. Rob Whiteman added a new comment on August 25, 2009 | Permalink

    Looking forward to the new Christmas CD! Would appreciate an email as to when it will be released. Thanks.

    Reply from Faye: No Worries, Rob! We’re all pretty excited and we’ll let you know!

  2. Ronda Laventure added a new comment on August 25, 2009 | Permalink

    Halleluia!!! Amen Amen Yippee!! Yahooo!! Whoopeee! I am so excited I can’t stand it!!!
    Please Bob, hurry. I’m so thankful for your music- God has used it to teach me so much!!!
    Thank you, for opening your heart to Him and letting us see your journey!!!

    Reply from Faye: Your message has been directly forwarded to Bob. He’ll enjoy it!

  3. Jim Karpowitz added a new comment on August 25, 2009 | Permalink

    Looking forward to it Bob! Thoughts and prayers going out for you as you work on the project. I know it would have been incredible to do this with Roby but I’m glad to see that you’re going ahead with the project. It’s gonna be good! Throw a couple o’dem butt-whoopin’ chords in there, okay? :)

    Blessings, Jim K.

    Reply from Faye: Your message has been forwarded directly to Bob!

  4. charlotte hutton added a new comment on August 25, 2009 | Permalink

    Looking forward to hearing you again in Thunder Bay, ON, (Canada). We really enjoyed the Living Room Suite Tour.

  5. Tim Ledbetter added a new comment on August 25, 2009 | Permalink

    Musically that’s the best news I’ve heard in a long while! Can’t wait to bring in the season with some new Bob on the CD player. That’s right- around here you’re known simply as Bob. Kind of like Elvis, Bruce, Michael, etc..

  6. John & Florence added a new comment on September 8, 2009 | Permalink

    Greetings from London, ON brother Bob!
    Your new Christmas CD will be a treasure to listen to.
    Thanks again for the blessing of your music Bob!
    Hoping you can make it for a visit again too.

  7. Bob Bennett added a new comment on October 7, 2009 | Permalink

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009
    On the road in Surrey, BC (Canada)
    10:55 PM PDT

    Last night of mixing … in about a half-hour or so, I’ll have the pre-master copy of the completed album. I’m exhausted. Away from home since September 18th. Getting up at 3:45 AM to make my early flight. I’m so gratified that we’re getting close to releasing this into the larger world. I hope it will bless many Christmases to come.

    Still in His grip, Bob.

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