Sing a Christmas Cracker: Songbook & CD Collection
A & C Black, 2007 (2007)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his spiral-bound collection of '
Songs for Seasonal Celebrations
' for all ages comes with a CD of backing tracks, as well as verses and written music for easy-to-play piano accompaniments. The songs were chosen by Jane Sebba, a teacher, arranger and composer. Black and white seasonal illustrations set the mood throughout the songbook, and two pages of guitar chords are provided at the back.
he twenty joyous jingles begin with
The silver sleigh ride
and end on
A New Year's Resolution
. Many - like
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
- are familiar songs, while I hadn't heard others - such as
The Himalayan Abominable Snowman Blues
I'm a little Christmas cracker
Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki
- before. Along with the songs and music, I appreciated the small print admonitions at the bottom of some pages, such as '
Abominable Snowmen say 'Sno to photocopying!
espite the regular mention of Christmas, these songs are generally secular and immersed in all aspects of the time of year (I especially liked
Something told the wild geese
, as watching their autumn flights is my annual cue that the holidays are near). I love playing and singing holiday music with friends and family - if you do too,
Sing a Christmas Cracker
will be a welome addition to your songbook collection.
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