Tidings Concert

by Allison Crowe

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It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Words: Edmund H. Sears, 1810-1876 Music: Richard Storrs Willis, 1819-1900 Tune: Carol, Meter: CMD Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, and good will toward men, from heaven's all-gracious King." The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing
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River Words & Music by Joni Mitchell As performed by Allison Crowe It’s coming on Christmas They’re cutting down trees They’re putting up reindeer And singing songs of joy and peace I wish I had a river I could skate away on But it don’t snow here It stays pretty green I’m going to make a lot of money Then I’m going to quit this crazy scene I wish I had a river I could skate away on I wish I had a river so long I would teach my feet to fly I wish I had a river I could skate away on I made my baby cry He tried hard to help me You know, he put me at ease And he loved me so naughty Made me weak in the knees Oh I wish I had a river I could skate away on I’m so hard to handle I’m selfish and I’m sad Now I’ve gone and lost the best baby That I ever had I wish I had a river I could skate away on I wish I had a river so long I would teach my feet to fly I wish I had a river I made my baby say goodbye It’s coming on Christmas They’re cutting down trees They’re putting up reindeer And singing songs of joy and peace I wish I had a river I could skate away on
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In the Bleak Midwinter Words: Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894 Music: Gustav Holst, 1874-1934 Tune: CRANHAM, Meter: Irr. Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. Heaven cannot hold Him, nor the earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall welcome Him when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed for the Lord Incarnate, Jesus Christ. Angels and archangels sang their praises there, cherubim and seraphim gathered in the air; but his Mother Mary, in her maiden bliss, worshiped the Beloved only with a kiss. What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; if I were a Wise One, I would do my part; yet what I can I give him: give my heart yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
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Northern Lights Words & Music by Allison Crowe The Northern Lights took me off guard knocked me over and lifted me up and through the shadow of a meteor I saw your face And yes I stood on the other side of the world but I took the Northern Lights home to you I fall into habits that I've carried So many years and when I fall I seem to pick them up And I don't know when or where But this isn't me, this visionary That can barely see And yes I stood on the other side of the world but I took the Northern lights home to you So much water floods my face I am choking on words that I finally have the courage to say At the wrong time in the wrong place And there's no one here to hear me I just scream into an empty room And yes I stood on the other side of the world but I took the Northern Lights home to you Everything falls and I will be the last one standing yes I will hold fast because everything here begins again Yes I stood on the other side of the world and took the Northern Lights home to you and took the Northern Lights home to you
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Mary Composed by Patty Griffin Performed by Allison Crowe Mary you're covered in roses, you're covered in ashes You're covered in rain You're covered in babies, you're covered in slashes You're covered in wilderness, you're covered in stains You cast aside the sheet, you cast aside the shroud Of another man who served the world proud You greet another son, you lose another one On some sunny day and always you stay, Mary Jesus said Mother I couldn't stay another day longer He flies right by and leaves a kiss on her face While the angels are singin' his praises in a blaze of glory Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place Oh, Mary she moves behind me I see her fingerprints everywhere Even when the snow drifts, even when the sand shifts Even when the night lifts, she's always there Jesus said Mother I couldn't stay another day longer He flies right by and leaves a kiss on her face While the angels are singin' his praises in a blaze of glory Mary stays behind and starts cleaning up the place Oh, Mary you're covered in roses, you're covered in ruins You're covered in secrets You're covered in treetops, you're covered in birds who can sing a million songs without any words You cast aside the sheets, you cast aside the shroud of another man who served the world proud You greet another son, you lose another one on some sunny day and always you stay Mary Oh, Mary You’re covered in roses you’re covered in roses you’re covered in roses Mary
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Dearly (TC) 04:19
Dearly Words and Music by Allison Crowe I open my door And I never know who’ll walk through It could be him, it could be her, My God, it could be you And I don’t know whose face I see But I can see it clearly And I don’t know whose hand I hold But I know I hold it dearly But for now I rest my mind, And I lay in kindness and cry For some day near Love will find me here, Some day near this pain will die We’ve laid our terms We’ve held our crimes And we’ve gone our separate ways We need to heal, we need to die To be born in better days And I don’t know whose face I see But I can see it clearly And I don’t know whose hand I hold But I know I hold it dearly So scar me up, come on Just add another to the pile You see I’ve done so much just to myself And you know it’s been a while So break my heart, hurry It likes the pain, it is sick, but it’s what I do And besides the droning beating of itself It could use the breath of you And I don’t know whose face I see But I can see it clearly And I don’t know whose hand I hold But I know I hold it dearly And I see the faces Of those I could love And I have see them turn away And so you turn yours next to mine But I can’t ever say That I would… Dearly, I would hold you dearly
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Disease Words & Music by Allison Crowe Stepping on the thoughts of all pain released from this anger is some place I would like to be and when I feel myself defeated I bleed and when I see them twist around dancing in their own wake I rage And I don't want to exist on this plane crashing down to the level of depth of skin flesh and bone all wrapped up in pages flashed in our faces laughing and spiteful Run away Lost again misdirected and folded drowned in bones and thrown away they told me to disappear and slowly dive into the shallow end of the gene pool Try to hold on to what I believe disappeared no longer here as anything but wretched and disfigured so I slash myself again and I drown my hopes again lose myself in this disease Lost again misdirected and folded drowned in bones and thrown away they told me to disappear and slowly dive into the shallow end of the gene pool Cut yourself to the mold Nothing left to rid yourself of but bile and blood torn skin screaming and silenced as we replace marble with plastic Lost again misdirected and folded drowned in bones and thrown away they told me to disappear and slowly dive into the shallow end of the gene pool
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What Child Is This (Greensleeves) Words: William C. Dix (1837-1898), The Manger Throne, 1865 Music: Greensleeves, 16th Century English melody Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe What Child is this who, laid to rest On Mary's lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing; Haste, haste, to bring Him laud, The Babe, the Son of Mary. So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh, Come peasant, king to own Him; The King of kings salvation brings, Let loving hearts enthrone Him. Raise, raise a song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby. Joy, joy for Christ is born, The Babe, the Son of Mary
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Up to the Mountain (MLK Song) Words and music by Patty Griffin As performed by Allison Crowe I went up to the mountain Because you asked me to Up over the clouds To where the sky was blue I could see all around me Everywhere I could see all around me Everywhere Sometimes I feel like I'm never nothing but tired But I'll keep on walking Walking 'til the day I expire Sometimes I lay down No more can I do Then I go on again Because you asked me to Some days I look down Afraid I will fall And though the sun shines I see nothing at all Then I hear your sweet voice Come and then go, and then go Telling me softly That you love me so The peaceful valley Way up over the mountain The peaceful valley Few come to know An' I may never get there Ever in this lifetime Sooner or later It's there I will go Sooner or later There I will go
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Arthur (TC) 03:32
Arthur Words & Music by Allison Crowe And the weight of this war We are fighting Is a door that is opening And sighing You say come back inside It is warm here You have seen it out there And you ran away If you lift without strength Can you move it Or the sword in this stone Would you lose it Are you Arthur Or only pretending And this hope you have burned Are you sending away Away, away… Would you hold me If I disappeared now And if I didn’t know Who I was Would you stay with me While I was losing Or lay down your sword And run away Would you still love me If I forgot you If my heart held to Only a thread In the flicker of eyes I would see you Would you carry me back from my dread away Away, 'way, away away, away
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The First Noel Words: Trad. English carol Music: Trad. English carol; harm from Christmas Carols New and Old Tune: ---, Meter: Irr. with Refrain Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; in fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter's night that was so deep. Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel. They looked up and saw a star shining in the east, beyond them far; and to the earth it gave great light, and so it continued both day and night. (Refrain) And by the light of that same star three Wise Men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. (Refrain) This star drew nigh to the northwest, o'er Bethlehem it took its rest; and there it did both stop and stay, right over the place where Jesus lay. (Refrain)
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Let It Be Composed by John Lennon & Paul McCartney Performed by Allison Crowe When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness She is standing right in front of me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be. And when the broken hearted people Living in the world agree, There will be an answer, let it be. Though they may be parted There is still a chance that they will see There will be no sorrow, let it be. Let it be, let it be. Let it be, Let it be There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be Let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it be Though it may be cloudy, There is still a light that shines on me, Shine on 'til tomorrow, let it be. I wake up to the sound of music Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. Let it be, let it be Let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom, let it be Let it be, let it be Oh, let it be There will be an answer, let it be. Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be Whisper words of wisdom Let it be
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Silent Night Words: Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848; trans. by John F. Young, 1820-1885 (sts 1, 2, 3) and anon. (st 4) Music: Franz Gruber, 1787-1863 Tune: STILLE NACHT, Meter: Irr. Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace. Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight; glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born! Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love's pure light; radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light; with the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
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O Holy Night Words: Placide Cappeau, 1847 (Minuit, chrétiens, c'est l'heure solennelle); translated from French to English by John S. Dwight (1812-1893) Music: Adolphe C. Adam (1803-1856) Arranged and performed by Allison Crowe O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night divine, O night, O night divine! O holy night, the stars are brightly shining It is the night of our dear Savior's birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, 'til He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices! O night divine, O night when Christ was born! O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night divine, O night, O night divine!
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In My Life Words & Music by John Lennon/Paul McCartney As performed by Allison Crowe There are places I remember In my life, though some have changed Some forever not for better Some have gone and some remain All these places had their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall Some are dead and some are living In my life I've loved them all But of all these friends and lovers there is no one compares with you And these memories lose their meaning When I think of love as something new Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life I'll love you more Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life I'll love you more In my life I'll love you more
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Imagine Words & Music by John Lennon As performed by Allison Crowe Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people living for today... Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, No religion too, Imagine all the people living life in peace... Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people Sharing all the world... You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope some day you'll join us, And the world will live as one
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I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) Words & Music by Ronnie Shannon As performed by Allison Crowe You're no good heart breaker You're a liar and you're a cheat And I don't know why I let you do these things to me My friends keep telling me That you ain't no good Lord, but, they don't know That I'd leave you if I could I guess I'm uptight But I'm stuck like glue I ain't never, I ain't never I ain't never, no, no, loved a man The way that I, I love you A long time ago I thought You had run out of fools But I was so wrong And now you got one that you'll never lose The way you treat me is a shame How could you hurt me so bad Baby, you know that I'm the best thing That you ever had Kiss me once again Don't you never, never, never say that we we're through Cause I ain't never, I ain't never I ain't never, no, no, loved a man The way that I, I love you I can't sleep at night I can't eat a bite Guess I'll never be free Since you got your hooks in me Yeah, Yeah, ayeah Yeah, yeah, yeaha I ain't never loved a man I ain't never had a man treat me so bad So, I'll tell you just what I'm gonna do I'm gonna hold him Gonna hold him, hold him I ain't never loved a man the way that I I love you
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Believe Me If All (Those Endearing Young Charms) Traditional Irish Aire w. words by Thomas Moore As performed by Allison Crowe Believe me, if all those endearing young charms, Which I gaze on so fondly today, Were to change by tomorrow, and fleet in my arms, Like fairy-gifts fading away, Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art, Let thy loveliness fade as it will, And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart, Would entwine itself verdantly still. It is not while beauty and youth are thine own, And thy cheek unprofaned by a tear, That the fervour and faith of a soul can be known, To which time has but made thee more dear: No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets, But as truly loves on to the close, As the sun-flower turns to her god, when he sets, The same look which she gave when he rose.
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Hallelujah Words & Music by Leonard Cohen As performed & Transcribed by Allison Crowe I've heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don't really care for music, do you? Well, it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, your faith was strong but you needed proof You saw her bathing on the roof Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you She tied you to a kitchen chair She broke your throne, she cut your hair And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, baby, I've been here before. I've seen this room, and I've walked this floor. I used to live alone before I knew you. But I've seen your flag on the marble arch, And love is not a victory march, It's a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, there was a time when you'd let me know What's really going on below, But now you never show that to me, do you? But remember when I moved in you, And the Holy Ghost was moving too, And every breath we drew was Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Well, maybe there is a God above, But all that I've ever learned from love Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you. It's not a cry that you hear at night, And it is not somebody who has seen the light It's a cold and it is a broken Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

about

It’s coming on “Tidings” – and that means Allison Crowe rings out such traditional favourites as “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”, “In the Bleak Midwinter”, and “The First Noel” alongside the modern canon of Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Lennon & McCartney plus original song selections including the elegiac “Arthur” and the epic, foot-stomping, “Disease”.

Drawing themes of faith, hope, sorrow, joy, redemption, transcendence and more, it’s time to reflect and to rejoice in a musical melding of the sacred and secular. Stirring together Christmas carols and not-so-traditional songs, Allison Crowe's concert recording decks us all in comfort and joy whatever life’s circumstances.

On a Winter’s night in Canada – at St. James Hall, in Vancouver, BC – this “Tidings Concert” brought together fans old and new – along with folks making an Hollywood blockbuster (a movie code-named “Autumn Frost” which was then filming in the Pacific Northwest).

The film-makers invited Allison Crowe to appear in "Man of Steel" - an epic science fiction movie adventure featuring Superman. The scene in which Allison cameos was filmed just 15 minutes drive from where she was born! In a great north woods road-house, where Clark Kent is working for a spell, Allison Crowe is the 'Singer in Cassidy's' and performs "Ring of Fire", a song penned by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and made iconic by 'The Man in Black'. “I’m a big Johnny Cash fan. And I’m a big Allison Crowe fan," reveals “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder (Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, Sucker Punch). "So the combination to me seemed like an awesome opportunity if we could make it happen.”

Allison Crowe’s excited and inspired by the professionalism and artistry of the stellar cast and crew – and the full team united in making this cinematic adventure. Adding to the festivities, all were invited to join in the fun of “Tidings”.

These sounds of the season are captured by Audio Engineer and Mixer Brad Graham, and FOH Engineer Ed Johnson - and mixed at Turtle Recording in White Rock, BC.

The album set features 18 in-concert performances, and, for the first time on record, audio from the “Hallelujah” video which now has a worldwide audience of greater than 10 million people (more than eight million views on YouTube alone).

A sister project is the Peter Buckle-directed "A Corner Brook Tidings" – “a film featuring Allison Crowe and you”. This documentary was created with gracious assistance of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council – and kind shepherding by Katrina Rice, NLAC Program Officer.

"Allison Crowe's voice is as much a manifestation of Christmas spirit today as Bing Crosby's was in 1942,” says The Pique. “It's as warm as an open fire; as gorgeous as snow-frosted evergreens; as tender as that hug you give your mother on Christmas day."

credits

released November 25, 2012

CREDITS:

Allison Crowe: voice, piano, guitar, album art & photography
Adam Christopher Brake: MC
Linkers: dogged determination, dedication and delight
Brad Graham: Engineer & Mixer
Ed Johnson: FOH Engineer
Mixed at Turtle Recording, White Rock, BC, Canada
Reena Kudhail: Merch Manager & Radar Love
Billie Woods: photographer, musician, joyful spirit
Alix Whitmire: A-team graphics/designer
Axel Dollheiser: Driver, Road Manager, Lighting Designer
Steve Edge & the Rogue Folk Club: cozy catering and refreshments
St. James Community Hall staff: good works in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC): gracious support of the "Tidings" documentary project
Katrina Rice, NLAC Program Officer: care above and beyond the call
Peter Buckle: Producer and Director - "A Corner Brook Tidings" documentary film
Cameras: Ryan David Butt, Jamie Brace
Staging: Floyd Thomas and Corner Brook Regional High/Presentation Junior High School:
Hosting: Lorraine Churchill, Minister's Support, Rev. Myles Wilson Vardy and all staff, volunteers, and congregation of Corner Brook First United Church
Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador (TNL): nurturing creativity and creators

BONUS track: Hallelujah -- video version (on YouTube+)

Voice and piano: Allison Crowe
Audio engineer/producer: Larry "Turtle" Anschell
Film Director and producer: Alex Postowoi
Cameras: Karen Duthie, Randy Rotheisler
Editor: Shirley Claydon
Interviewer: Steven Rosenberg

Adrian du Plessis: Personable Manager

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