Yule Wonder

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"Quite awe inspiring, to be honest, as the textures and arrangements used are often quite inventive." Scott Homewood, www.rockandrollreport.com

Matt Howarth of www.soniccuriosity.com writes: "This release from 2009 features 56 minutes of holiday music. Electronics and percussives (and a variety of additional instruments) are applied to creating tuneage with the Christmas holiday season in mind.

The electronics tend to be sparkling with a twinkly edge (fitting the holiday spirit). Keyboards drive the majority of the electronics, generating sprightly riffs that alternate between chilled chords and a warm fireplace milieu. The keys exhibit a sparkling flair, the type one associates with holiday fare.

The percussion is bouncy and crisp, not forceful. The rhythms serve to propel without being intrusive and drowning out everything. A few songs feature vocals.

Generally, these compositions are not cover versions of yuletide favorites. Rather, the majority are original pieces saturated with holiday sensibilities, capturing moods of wintry family gatherings gathered around expansive festive dinner tables or curled up by the fireplace with your loved ones.

A few traditional Xmas pieces sneak in, balancing the original compositions. A novelty item, but perhaps also of interest to those who feel that yuletide nostalgia during the summer."

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released October 31, 2006

Composed*, performed and recorded by Tony Arnold (*except where traditional).

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Psychedelic Prog.

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Country Funk.

Space Exotica.

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Track Name: Xmas Up the Arse
AAAAAAURGH!!
What is so wrong with people
that for this one freakin' holiday
we take on a whole year's worth of debt?!
If God even had a birthday,
He probably wouldn't ask us for that, I bet.

Tra-la-la-la-la, Kaching-a-ling-a-ling
Behold I bring you tidings of great joy
brought to you by our infant pauper King.
PICK A CARD, LADY!!
Can one really be that hard to find?!
You were in this exact same spot yesterday:
but since then you must have returned those nine.

It's the day after Halloween
and already I'm miffed.
It seems that Christmas is in full swing,
and has been since July fifth.
I toilet-papered my own house in my sleep,
but I can't clean it up now--
'cause the crazy lady on TV
says it's time to buy your gift.

The rapper is sputtering in his microphone,
the dwarves are just too busy to chat.
I'm trying to remember what I bought you last year
while attempting to pin this wreath on the cat.
You unboxed your six million tchotchkes
and sprinkled the place with glitter.
SEVEN MORE WEEKS OF THIS BULLSHIT,
and we can't afford to buy new cat litter!

Fa-la-la-la-la, Ring-a-ling-a-ling
Peace on Earth, goodwill to men
to them, it don't mean a thing
PICK A TREE, MAN!!
Some of us have things to do!
Yeah, fuck you, buddy,
and Feliz Navidad too.

Let's have a moment of reflection
and think about seasons past.
We're worked up to a frenzy--
the year goes by too fast.
I'm tired of working, sick of rushing,
I don't feel like singing.
I just want to know why
I have to take Christmas up the ass?!

Ring out, solstice bells
Ring me up a sale or two
Ring me up when it's all over
and Happy Holidays to all of you.

Ah, fuck!