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Christmasland Jubilee

by Dan Blakeslee

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Mister Candy Cane written by Dan Blakeslee on 11.22.07 (Thanksgiving) Oh listen to him play, on that old piano dressed in white. Jingle bells upon his boots sang through the night... sweet silent night. He took that wooden box, made it stomp like a Christmas parade. The jumpin', jolly carols that he played made you glad you stayed. He’s bouncin' on the keys makin' you believe. Everybody stop and pause to see boogie-woogie Santa Claus. He’s gotten very skinny from climbin' down the chimney. He looks more like a candlestick though he says he’s old Saint Nick. The rhythm over town made the treetops sway and swing. The pack of goodies on his back he brings are the songs he sings. So if you’re sliding down the lane where gingerbread houses and sugarplums reign. Slow your toboggan for a joyous refrain from Mister Candy Cane. He’s bouncin' on the keys makin' you believe. Everybody stop and pause to see boogie-woogie Santa Claus. He’s gotten very skinny from climbin' down the chimney. He looks more like a candlestick though he says he’s old Saint Nick.
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Glowin', Blowin', Jumpin', Swayin', Wishin', Swingin', Dancin', Rockin', Fishin', Laughin', Christmas Tree  written by Dan Blakeslee on 11.24.11 When I came in from a wintry night to warm up by the fire side light. Something strange I did see while lookin' at the decorations on the tree. The gingerbread man reached out his hand to Annie elf and began dancin'. Llama started laughin' loud, pretty soon they had a good crowd. Glowin', blowin', Christmas tree. I have made a wish on thee. The ornaments on your branches bright, please bring them to life tonight. Up high in the tree with a candycane, the nutcracker went fishin’. Caught the rockinghorse, the three kings crowned, every sweet tooth from the top to the ground. The airplane is a circlin’ a popcorn strand. The tree is jumpin', swayin' nearly out of its stand. You can’t help but listen to the birdie that is whistlin', higher than the stars that shine. Blink, blink went the lights as they hugged the spruce, to the rhythm of the train in the honk of the goose. Chimney rang that joyous sound, till the red suit man with a beard came down. Glowin', blowin', Christmas tree. I have made a wish on thee. The ornaments on your branches bright, please bring them to life tonight. Glowin', blowin', Christmas tree. I have made a wish on thee. The ornaments on your branches bright, please bring them to life tonight.
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The Somerville Lights written by Dan Blakeslee on 12.18.11 Take a walk with me this December eve. Through the neighborhood made of stone and wood. This city shines just after dark. When Christmas lights evict the meadowlark. We’re going out to see the Somerville lights... Electric stars on the houses gleam. Roofs are lit with a reindeer team. Bright colors they tint the frozen snow. Even traffic lights bring a festive glow. We’re going out to see the Somerville lights... Behold that magnificent glow! A wondrous winterland show! The enchantment will remain in you. Bring you warmth and high spirits too. Watch the jubilee with good company. Honey you and I are the recipe... We’re going out to see the Somerville lights... Behold that magnificent glow! A wondrous winterland show!
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It’s Almost Christmas Morn written by Dan Blakeslee on 12.25.19 Ridin’ in an open sleigh, bringin’ on the Yuletide cheer. Sittin' by an open fire, singin’ songs with loved ones near. Gingerbread bakin' in the pan, trimming the tree, holdin’ hands. Spreading peace and joy across the land. The snow is fallin’, jingle bells callin’, Snow angels on the lawn, it’s almost Christmas morn. Santa’s gonna come your way, Rudolph’s nose shinin’ bright. Hangin’ wreaths and candy canes, carols by candlelight. A magic feelin' in the air, the sound from a marchin’ band is Spreading peace and joy across the land. The snow is fallin’, jingle bells callin’, Snow angels on the lawn, it’s almost Christmas morn. The snow is fallin’, jingle bells callin’, Snow angels on the lawn, it’s almost Christmas morn.
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To Be An Elf 02:54
To Be An Elf Written by Dan Blakeslee on 12.21.12 Waitin’ on the man in red I can’t get no sleep, I’m a-countin’ on him more than I am countin’ sheep. I know he has eight reindeer that’ll fly him down here soon, My eyes won’t close I lay here froze staring at the moon. My parents are a-pleadin', I haven’t slept in weeks.  Grandma is worried I took her cranberry sauce to make my rosy cheeks. I don’t need no presents or things to fill my shelf,  No sir Santa I just want to be a Christmas elf. So patiently I’ll wait here in my stocking cap,  If you’d just tie a bell upon it I would take a nap. My parents are a-pleadin’, I haven’t slept in weeks.  Grandma is worried I took her cranberry sauce to make my rosy cheeks. Saint Nick you see I’ve got a knack for building all these toys, Helping you would make me the jolliest of boys. I think that I’ve been good cause you never gave me coal. Tell me "yes", change my address, I’ll head for the north pole. My parents are a-pleadin’, I haven’t slept in weeks.  Grandma is worried I took her cranberry sauce to make my rosy cheeks.
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Christmas Tree Calling written by Dan Blakeslee on 11.02.10 It’s Christmas night, I’m headed outside. Snow drifts are twinklin', I follow their guide. And the wind it has told me, no ticket I’ll need. For mother nature, she has no greed. And I walked for miles, through the snow and the cold. When something on Beacon, shown brighter than those houses of gold. Brighter than houses of gold... than houses of gold... Than houses of gold... brighter than houses of gold... I heard a cry in the night, that called out and yearned. From a Christmas tree tossed, before it had turned. It’s still had it tinsel, what a glorious find. It’s the poor who are blessed, when the rich they are blind. Once upon my back, how it sparkled and glowed. And pulled me from the darkness, which made my house cold. Brighter than houses of gold... than houses of gold... Than houses of gold... brighter than houses of gold... And it lasted all winter, and it stays with me still. As a pauper I tell it, to bring you good will! Brighter than houses of gold... than houses of gold... Than houses of gold... brighter than houses of gold...
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Silver Bells 03:38
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LET'S START AGAIN written by Dan Blakeslee 01.01.10 Bring us a year of remembrance. May the land be flooded with change. The hour is swiftly passin' So let us rearrange. Be careful of words that are spoken. Don't speak with hate on your tongue. This is a song for the ages. One for the old and the young. Let's start again. United as women and men, Let's start again. Act as leaders with a powerful pen. Bring us a year of remembrance. Grab a hammer and put down your gun. No matter the hue of your collar, Roll your sleeves with the New Year sun. Awaken with hope and forgiveness. Surprise us with news that is good. Together let's move towards a difference, Whether you work in policy or wood. Let's start again. United as women and men, Let's start again. Act as leaders with a powerful pen.

about

In a rustic one room school house in South Berwick, Maine at the age of five I played sleigh bells alongside my father to The Chipmunks song “Christmas Don’t Be Late”. It has always been one of my favorite childhood memories around the holiday season and I have been an avid Christmas music enthusiast ever since.

In 2006 I started writing Christmas songs for my family as gifts on my meager home recording gear. I’ve been wanting to make a full length studio Christmas record with my band for the past decade. Every December would go by feeling too busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays to record an album like this. Then five days before Christmas in 2019 I called my studio engineer friend Chris Chase to see if he could get me in to record before December 25th that year. he said yes! So this album was recorded with snow on the ground and the magic of Christmas in the air. I hope this album brings enchantment to your holiday season.

Warm Regards,
Dan Blakeslee

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released December 1, 2020

1 Mister Candy Cane **
2 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Johnny Marks)
3 Glowin', Blowin', Jumpin', Swayin', Wishin', Swingin', Dancin', Rockin', Fishin', Laughin' Christmas Tree **
4 We Three Kings
5 The Somerville Lights **
6 The Reindeer Boogie (Peanut Faircloth, Hank Snow, Cordia Volmar)
7 It's Almost Christmas Morn **
8 To Be An Elf **
9 Christmas Tree Calling **
10 Silver Bells (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans)
11 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie)
12 Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
13 Let's Start Again + **

All songs ( ** ) written by Dan Blakeslee © 2020
+ bonus song recorded by Dan Blakeslee

The Calabash Club:
Dan Blakeslee: vocals, acoustic guitar, bells, glockenspiel (10)
Mike Effenberger: accordion, organ, piano
Nick Phaneuf: upright bass, electric bass
Jim Rudolf: drums

Additional Musicians:
Scott Matthew Pittman: glockenspiel, vibes, xylophone
Dave Blakeslee: accordion (2, 5, 9, 11)
Chris Klaxton: trumpet
Eric Klaxton: clarinet
Bruce Derr: pedal steel
Tim Moore: mandolin
Dave Talmage: fiddle

Backing vocals:
Jenee Halstead: (3, 5, 8, 9)
Amy Kucharik: (3, 5, 7, 8)
Juliet Nelson: (1, 3, 7, 8, 9)
Audrey Ryan: (1, 3, 5, 8)

All art and design by Dan Blakeslee © 2020
Engineered by Chris Chase at The Noise Floor in Dover, NH
Dan Blakeslee engineered Audrey Ryan and Jenee Halstead's backing vocals
Bruce Derr engineered all pedal steel tracks
Amy Kucharik engineered all of her vocal tracks
Tim Moore engineered all mandolin tracks
Mixed by Dan Blakeslee and Chris Chase
Produced by Dan Blakeslee and Chris Chase with assistance by Andrew May
Mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East in Cambridge, MA
Vinyl pressed at Burlington Record Plant in Burlington, Vermont
CD's pressed at Imprint and Ross Ellis

Thanks to my musical friends and comrades The Calabash Club (Mike
Effenberger, Nick Phaneuf, Jim Rudolf) and all the musicians who leant
their talents for this record! Chris Chase, Leland Chase, Mary Dellea,
Amanda Kowalski, Michaela Phaneuf, Andrew May, Lynny Bryan, Bob Haines, Kari Sciera, Aaron Jule, David Balkin, Lisa Coppola, Jessica and Marni Thibault, Erin Parsons, Brian Sullivan, Jeremiah Hayward and Kathleen Dooher, Colleen Kennedy Mulligan and Stephen Mulligan, Burlington Record Plant. Dover, NH delights: Adelles Coffeehouse, Flight Coffee, Chapel + Main, Katz's Deli, Janetos Market. Bob's Candy Canes, Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa and of course to all of you reading this and for listening!

Thanks to my family Mom, Dad, Jonathan, Christopher, Karen Robblee (Katie, Stephen, Lori, Nicholas) David Sanborn!

Christmas album inspiration: Gene Autry, Stevie Wonder, Charles Brown, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, Ken Griffin, The Chipmunks, She & Him, JD McPherson and A Christmas Story.

This album is dedicated to my parents Dave and Karen for the continued enchantment and magic they bring of which is very abundant during the holiday season.

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Dan Blakeslee Kennebunkport, Maine

With a suitcase of songs, Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee ventured into the subways of Boston in 1995 to practice his craft. His songs of true life adventures combine the essence of early folk music with a dose of country grit. In 2015 his dream of playing Newport Folk Festival became a reality, where Bob Dylan went electric 50 years earlier. His band release "Christmasland Jubilee" on 12.1.20 ... more

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