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By now, I hope you’ve given a listen to my original Christmas video below, “Santa, Won’t You Bring Me a Valentine?”  Surely one salute to the season was enough.  But the other day, I was listening to Christmas Carols, singing along, and taking note of the acoustics in the room I was in.   That old impulse of mine kicked in, the one that says, “Hmmm, I wonder if I could do that…?”

So, half an hour later, with the help of GarageBand, I’d cloned myself into an ad hoc quintet.  Perfect for a Youtube video version of a Christmas card – I only lacked video.  A few minutes after that, my iPhone had captured the many snowmen I was already surrounded by.  Amazing what technology can do!  I hope you enjoy this spontaneous version of Silent Night, and may your holiday season be filled with your own moments of spontaneous joy.

 

 

 

As we head out of 2013…

 

If anyone’s wondered where I’ve been lately, I can tell you that 2013 took me on a dizzying journey: comedy (well, that started with putting together my Christmas video, a year ago this week), tragedy, pain, loss, immense challenges and transcending into a place of tranquility and peace I never could have predicted as 2012 ended and 2013 began.

Seems only right to complete the circle and come back to where it all began, so here it is:

And, as with last year, if you download a copy of “Santa, Won’t You Bring Me a Valentine?”, a bargain at just 99 cents, you will also be helping out the girls of Casa Hogar Santa Julia, an orphanage in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  Disclosure: I sit on the board of Friends of Santa Julia, a U.S. non-profit which supports the orphanage.

You can download the song here:  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cecebox2

 

New on my Words & Music Blog:

 

“What Are Men Good For?”

March 31, 2013.   Just a minor, and in no way controversial, subject.   Steubenville.  Dead Possums.  I attempt to connect some far-flung dots, as I do each week.  Can I do it?

Find out HERE.

 

More YouTube Videos

Just up: a few highlights from my recent speech to the Grapevine (Texas) Historical Society.  Funnier than it may sound…

 

 

I also invite you to listen to  Darfur Lullaby, the version sung by the fabulous LZ Love, and produced by the equally fabulous Grammy-winning Michael J. Lewis.

Cece’s YouTube Channel

 

She Spoke

My speech to the Grapevine (Texas) Historical Society on February 28 was really fun, and a trip down memory lane.  Nothing like giving a speech to 100 or so people who’ve known you all your life.  Not sure how I managed to come up with a few stories they hadn’t heard before.  Thanks to everyone who showed up, and reminding me what it was that made growing up in a small town so special.

 

Featured Video:
“Santa, Won’t You Bring Me a Valentine?”

An award-winning retro salute to Christmas songs of the past, it’s half “Santa Baby”, half “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”.

If this song makes you smile, PLEASE download a copy HERE.

It’s only $.99 and every download goes to support the girls of Santa Julia, a home for displaced girls in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Casa Hogar Santa Julia is home to 32 girls, ages 3 to 18.   Some are orphans, some have been removed from home by social services, and some are there because their families simply could not provide for them.  It’s run by five Dominican Sisters, and is entirely dependent on donations like yours.

Come on, just one little Valentine for the girls of Santa Julia?

 

 

You can read more about Santa Julia here: www.santajulia.org

A big thanks, too, to my collaborator and co-conspirator on this video, photographer and artist Lisa Shackelford.  Check out her fabulous work at www.lisashackelfordartist.com

 

Local News Station features my music & Santa Julia!

 

KSAT-12, a local television station here in San Antonio, recently did a nice feature on how my music supports the girls of Santa Julia.

 

 

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Looking for a great Christmas gift for your friends and family with eclectic musical tastes?

Check out my CD, “Slightly Overdue”. Click Here

Listen to some of the featured tracks on this page.

Proceeds from Slightly Overdue also benefit the girls of Santa Julia.  Please help us support them!