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Dedicated To All The New Empty Nesters Out There

December 24, 2016

My wife and I became empty nesters this year, as did my neighbors and a few people at church. Tonight’s post is for all of the empty nesters however old or young who are missing having their kids around. I’ll feature two songs, Everything’s Changed At Christmas But You and Who Knows Where The Time Goes? It’s gonna be a melancholy Christmas Eve.

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors are led by the husband/wife team of Drew & Ellie Holcomb. The band formed in 2003 and have released ten records including A Neighborly Christmas in 2007 and Another Neighborly Christmas in 2012. There are but two original songs on both — one is Everything’s Changed At Christmas But You. I’ll let an iTunes reviewer describe it:

OMG, Everything’s Changed at Christmas but You, is the most touching holiday song I have ever heard. It makes me cry every single time. An absolute holiday staple!

“Now the kids are growing old
They’ve got stories of their own
No more hiding presents in the closet
No more waiting up all night
Staring at the firelight
Little footsteps giving way to sight
Where there once were many stockings
Now there’s only two
Everything’s changed at Christmas but you”

Everything’s Changed At Christmas But You should be in your Christmas playlist. 

The second song I’m featuring is Sandy Denny’s Who Knows Where The Time Goes. Denny wrote the song in 1967. It was discovered shortly afterwards by Judy Collins who recorded it and released it as the B-side to Both Sides Now in 1968. The song has been covered by dozens of artists including Nina Simone, Nancy Griffith, 10,000 Maniacs,  Kate Rusby, Sinead O’Connor and many more.  I was going to feature Renee Fleming’s wonderful version of it but decided to back to Sandy Denny’s original as it really holds up well.  Denny btw is the female vocalist who teamed up with Robert Plant on The Battle of Evermore on Led Zeppelin’s fourth record. Denny died tragically in 1978 as the result of complications after falling down stairs and hitting her head.

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Purchase Everything’s Changed At Christmas But You

Sandy Denny

Purchase Who Knows Where The Times Goes?

Everything’s Changed At Christmas But You – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors

Who Knows Where The Time Goes? – Sandy Denny


Featuring Renee Fleming’s New Christmas CD, Christmas In New York.

December 6, 2014

Renee Fleming is an amazingly talented American opera singer whose list of accolades are much too long to list here.

She released a Christmas CD this November, titled, Christmas In New York. The release features pop, broadway and jazz greats Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Kelli O’Hara, Gregory Porter and Rufus Wainwright (although the Wainwright tune kind of sticks out as the one that doesn’t belong on the record).

She covers several Christmas standards including Silver Bells, Winter Wonderland and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas — Fleming brings life to these songs as few can.

There are also several original tunes on this recording. Tonight I’ll feature two of those, Central Park Serenade and Who Knows Where The Time Goes.

Central Park Serenade

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

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