This Holiday Songbook included just enough history and facts about the songs and songwriters to satisfy nerds like me, without taking away from the wonderful music. James talked about the origin of holiday music in the form of hymns, the tradition of caroling, and the first popular song about Christmas - Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," written for the 1942 movie Holiday Inn. They performed around a grand piano on the set of Lakeshore Players' A Christmas Story (continuing through this Sunday only), which added a nostalgic and festive touch.
Highlights of the show include:
- Erin singing "Silent Night" in the original German, as well as her renditions of Barbra Streisand's version of "Jingle Bells," the gorgeous "Breathe of Heaven," and a super fun "All I Want for Christmas is You."
- Lori's incredible piano accompaniment throughout the show, as well as her backup vocals and solos, including "Carol of the Bells" and a medley from A Charlie Brown Christmas which seemed to delight her as much as it did the audience.
- James' declaration that The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" is a holiday song because it's about the solstice, and his renditions of Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and the Darlene Love classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."