That Christmas Feeling

Katie Eagleson

A collection of songs celebrating and honoring the Christmas season.

I hope you’ll enjoy listening to the songs on this recording. It’s a bit of a departure from our earlier CDs, in that Lenny didn’t put any limitations on his arrangements, so you’ll be hearing some instrumentation that you’ve not heard from us before. It was a lot of fun. Most of the songs we ended up choosing have been favorites of mine for a long time, but not all. Of course, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is a favorite of lots of people. I’m a fan of Judy Garland, who introduced it in Meet Me in St. Louis. I was drawn to the melancholy lyrics that she sang in the movie. We decided to use the more uplifting version that has become popular since then, just in case not everyone likes a good sad song like I do. I realized during this process that Bing Crosby had a big role in forming my Christmas song taste. White Christmas, Count Your Blessings, and That Christmas Feeling all are imprinted in my brain with his voice singing them. In fact, I couldn’t find any other recording of our title track. I only was able to find the sheet music (including verse) after contacting Jimmy Van Heusen’s grandnephew. I like the song because the words and music are both simple and to the point, well suited to each other.
Caroling, Caroling and Il est ne le Divin Enfant are songs I sang in Glee Club at my high school, Ravenhill Academy in Philadelphia. Glee Club was one of the most fun things I was involved in at school, especially at Christmas time. Thank you Mr. Fiss, wherever you are. I’ve just recently learned A Christmas Love Song. My husband, Lenny introduced me to it. You can’t go wrong with Johnny Mandel and the Bergmans. Some Children See Him has an interesting history. Alfred Burt, the composer, (who also wrote Caroling, Caroling) wrote the music to one Christmas carol every year, which he included in his annual Christmas card. It wasn’t until after his death that they were all performed in public.
In the Bleak Midwinter reminds me of my dad, gone many years now. He loved the Christmas story, “The Juggler” about a poor man whose only talent was juggling, so on Christmas Eve, after others had laid gifts of great worth at the foot of the statue of the Blessed Mother, he decided to juggle for her; the statue came to life and Mary smiled at him. It’s what’s in your heart that matters. Nat King Cole introduced me to A Cradle in Bethlehem. This song has taken on special meaning to me this year. I lost my mom during the recording of this CD. She was 100 years old. When I played her our recording of this song one night as she lay in bed, her eyes started to fill with tears. Because of dementia she couldn’t express herself, but I’d like to think that it touched her in a way that music can so powerfully do. When I was growing up, my mom and dad had a party every New Year’s Eve. At midnight, we would all stand in a circle in our living room, cross arms, and hold the hands of the people on either side of us, as we sang Auld Lang Syne… a toast to friends and days gone by. A perfect way to welcome in the new year.

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In My Fashion

Katie Eagleson

A crystal clear voice supported by perfectly suited arrangements. The Great American Songbook and beyond.

I’m happy to be releasing In My Fashion – our third full length CD. This recording most closely reflects our live show. In addition to selections from the Great American Songbook, it includes two beautiful foreign songs, and the slightly goofy but oh-so-cool “O Pato.” The line-up of musicians is similar to a live show as well. Grant MacAvoy is playing drums and he also helped with the mix. Madison Rast is playing bass. I consider myself very lucky to have them both as our regular players. We had Tom Lawton join us on piano. He played on all our other recordings, and often plays with us in live performances. Having him on the recording freed up Lenny to wear his producer’s hat, and to play saxophone on a few songs. To round out the arrangements Lenny asked old friend, teacher, and mentor, Adeline Tomasone to play flute on “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and “Always True to You in My Fashion,” which immediately bumped them up a notch as far as I’m concerned. To play guitar on several tracks, and to solo so beautifully on “Solamente Una Vez” Lenny enlisted our friend, Tom Giacabetti. Fine musicians all, and so nice to work with.

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La Vie en Rose & Sous le Ciel de Paris

Katie Eagleson

Two French songs done in a Jazz-Cabaret style.

"La Vie en Rose" & "Sous le Ciel de Paris" were recorded because they are so popular in Katie's live show. "La Vie en Rose" features Tom Lawton on piano and "Sous le Ciel de Paris" is performed by Katie's jazz trio with Tom, Madison Rast and Grant MacAvoy.

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On The Other Hand

Katie Eagleson

Heartfelt interpretations of the Great American Songbook. Sixteen songs by sixteen composers.

Shortly after our first CD was finished we decided that this next one would be a collection from the Great American Songbook. Lenny and I had a good time choosing the songs for this project. As a framework we decided to do one song from each of the major composers of this era. The number of composers represented is limited by the length of the CD, and the “major composers” list is somewhat subjective. Of course some choices were rather obvious. Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Richard Rodgers would probably show up on anyone’s list of top composers of the Great American Songbook. But filling the rest of the CD required some thought. We started with about 20 composers and chose a list of songs whose lyrics had meaning for me. That is the first criterion as far as I am concerned. If we both liked the tune, and how the words and music fit together, it made our short list. Then we booked ourselves at a local restaurant. I know that performing a song “live” can give us a different perspective. It also gave me time to develop a personal relationship with these songs. We purposely didn’t let our choices be colored by how well known a song is, but more by how comfortable I was expressing myself through it. Hence there may be some songs with which you are unfamiliar. The whole reason I’m singing these songs is that they have meaning for me today, just as they had meaning when they were written. It’s not a nostalgia record. Nothing wrong with nostalgia. This just isn’t that. This is what Lenny and I consider to be a collection of great lyrics put to great tunes. Most of them have been recorded many times by the famous and not-so-famous. Because they are so well-crafted, they stand up to all sorts of interpretations. There are those recordings… and now, on the other hand… there are these.

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Once Upon A Time

Katie Eagleson

A song collection of heartfelt vocal interpretations in the tradition of the Great American Songbook.

Katie Eagleson has been singing in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years. Her varied performance experiences have led to a diverse repertoire, but it is in her interpretation of the Great American Songbook where she truly shines. She has the ability to sing with great attention to detail coupled with emotional depth. Fellow musicians, as well as listeners, comment on Katie’s great pitch, diction, and ability to swing. At the same time, her voice has been described as “soulful” and “as though she truly means every word.” As one reviewer put it, “She displays a stunning vibrato that she uses for touching emotional impact.”

When Katie sings, it is clear that she has great respect and appreciation for the composer. Performing songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, the Bergmans, etc., she delivers the lyrics - whether sad, romantic, or funny - with great sincerity. “A song is likely to become a favorite of mine if the words express something I can sing with emotional honesty,” said Katie. “When those words are combined with well-crafted music, I think the impact of each is intensified. And that to me is magic.”

In May, 2007, Katie released her debut CD, “Once Upon A Time” recorded at Grammy Award-winning MorningStar Studios. “Making a record has been something I’ve wanted to do for about 30 years,” stated Katie. “It’s really a milestone in my life and my career. It’s been challenging, and fulfilling, and exciting to record my interpretations of these songs with such great musicians. I appreciated every minute of the experience.”

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What's New

I hope everyone  reading this is doing OK.  This pandemic has such wide ranging effects on people, depending on the type of work you do.  Mostly Lenny and I are home.  All of our performances have been cancelled through June at least.  I miss them but I value the slowdown of life's pace.  I'm giving my singing lessons online and  that's going pretty smoothly.  So I'm happy with the day-to-day stuff.
The one big sadness is that my brother, Johnny passed away in the middle of May and we weren't able to be with him at the end.  I know there are a lot of similar stories due to this pandemic and my heart goes out  to all the people who have not been able to say their proper goodbyes. 
I'll see you  on the other side of this! 
  
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