Posts Tagged ‘o christmas tree’

The Wonderfully Talented Brooke Waggoner

December 4, 2017

Admittedly up until a few weeks ago I had not heard of Brooke Waggoner. Noticing she’s based in Nashville I assumed she must be some relation to the late country star, Porter Waggoner. She’s not.

Ms. Waggoner was born in Houston, TX and is a classically trained pianist. In 2006, she graduated from LSU with a degree in music composition and orchestration. Since 2007 she has released four records, all independently with all of the music being fully written, arranged and orchestrated by herself. That’s a feat!

In a review of her album, Originator, Indie Vision Music said Waggoner “…tends to craft all of her music using live instruments in lieu of loops and electronic elements. Her songs are (obviously) piano driven, play heavy of atmosphere and have a whimsical air to them.” Adding, “Her music is a bit hard to pin down.” And while her style may not check a designated box, she is a very talented singer/songwriter.

I’ll feature two songs from Waggoner tonight, Christmas Moon, a single she released in 2008 and her tremendous cover of the Christmas classic, Oh Christmas Tree.

Find Christmas Moon here:
Amazon
iTunes
Spotify

Waggoner’s cover of Christmas Tree is available free from NoiseTrade.

Official Website
Facebook

Brooke Waggoner – Christmas Moon

Brooke Waggoner – Oh Christmas Tree

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A Different, Yet Beautiful Take on O Christmas Tree

December 17, 2014

Last Christmas I discovered I could play Pandora via DirecTV – which means I can play Pandora through my old Bose (which 12 years later still sounds great). I generally only use Pandora at Christmas time as I use it to listen some of the diverse Christmas music not generally heard on radio.

One of my Pandora Christmas channels is “George Winston Holiday” which provides me with all kinds of great music in the genre of Windham Hill and Narada to jazz.

Via that channel, one of the artists I’ve discovered is Philip Wesley. Wesley is a pianist who writes and releases his music on his own label — everything independently. Despite his lack of a major record deal, he’s done quite well with several of his tunes reaching the Top 100 (even Top 10) on both Amazon.com and CD Baby’s charts (in the New Age Music category).

Wesley released Comfort And Joy in 2005. If you’re a George Winston or a David Lanz fan, you’ll love Wesley’s music.

Tonight I’ll feature his take on O Christmas Tree.

O Christmas Tree – Philip Wesley

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