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Christmas Spells

by Justin Vivian Bond

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ABOUT THE EP
Produced by longtime Brassland artist Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett, the Christmas Spells EP features two holiday classics and a Mx. Justin Vivian Bond original. It opens with "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," a tune debuted by Judy Garland in the 1944 film musical Meet Me in St. Louis which has become one of our most performed and beloved holiday standards. (We offer it as an antidote to recent, modernized versions by Sam Smith & Michael Buble.) Next is "Remember (Christmas)," written by cult singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. Says Mx. Bond of the Nilsson cover: "I love that the word Christmas is in the title but not in the lyrics. The rest of the song is a beautiful lullaby."

Finally the EP culminates with the stately and riveting original "Christmas Spells."

In many ways I love this story
of stars and shepherds, three wise men
of hallelujahs in the heavens
and angels radiant on the wind

But many people who believe it
have turned its magic upside down
they've formed themselves into an army
that bruises love and knocks it down

Says Mx. Bond of the tune: "I wrote 'Christmas Spells' as someone who was raised under the Christian tradition and who was treated with love and respect within my own religious community as a young person despite being trans/queer. I thought it was important to address the profound disappointment I feel when extremist religious views are used as a tactic, either politically or moralistically, to diminish the profound spirit of the season." Delivered as a kind of incantation celebrating the winter solstice, the EP's release coincides with the holidays. But these three songs are also (no pun intended) evergreen.

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released November 27, 2015

Produced by Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett
Engineered by James Yost on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Remember (Christmas)"
Guitar on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Nath Ann Carrera)

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Track Name: Christmas Spells
I hear the bells from the Cathedral
the snow is falling all around
the people smile as they are singing
of babes and angels heaven bound

But was has this to do with living
a life of peace and God's delight?
Could Baby Jesus in his Manger
foresee the hate sprung from that night?

In many ways I love this story
of stars and shepherds, three wise men
of hallelujahs in the heavens
and angels radiant on the wind

But many people who believe it
have turned its magic upside down
they've formed themselves into an army
that bruises love and knocks it down

So Christmas isn't all it should be
I stand outside it looking in
their hate, dispassion, falseness could be
the deeper, darker side of sin

But as the winter days grow shorter
and fairies gather in the night
they sing their Christmas spells together
to bring the world back into light

Sing prayers for all the righteous people
so sure that they are heaven bound
if God is Love then let's get loving
I'd like a little on the ground

So Blessed Be and Merry Christmas
let Christmas Spells ring out again
of Heaven, Heart and Earth together
so mote it be, shalom, amen.