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What Christmas Is As We Grow Older

In his 1851 essay, 'What Christmas Is As We Grow Older,' CHARLES DICKENS emerged from despair to summon his youthful optimism about the future course of human events.
by David McGee
 

 
 

My Summer Romance (2016 Edition)

Four sweet reminiscences of summer romances, with music by Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, Charles Trenet, Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold--even Journey.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Classic Blend, Thus a Classic

Now 87, BUCKY PIZZARELLI gives a vintage performance in tanden with his guitarist son JOHN PIZZARELLI and his frequent six-string collaborator ED LAUB on THREE FOR ALL
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Flame Burns Bright

A terrific record by any standard, On Down the Line illustrates Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper's elevated cohesion and vibrant interplay even as it highlights the selflessness the bandleader brings to his calling.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Bob Marovich’s Gospel Picks

The latest and hottest in new gospel CDs: CASEY J, BRAD & REBEKAH, THE SHOWERS, THE GOSPEL ANGELS, TRACEY MCFADDEN, ROBERT E. PERSON
by David McGee
 

 
 

Kinda Memorable Bluegrass for Christmas

This year’s crop of new holiday releases has been one of the weakest in recent memory, but even in the strongest years THE ROYS' delightful BLUEGRASS KINDA CHRISTMAS would be a standout.
by David McGee
 

 

 

My Beautiful Birds

In MY BEAUTIFUL BIRDS author SUZANNE DEL RIZZO addresses young readers with an instructive, very human tale about the plight of Syrian refugees, told from a young refugee's point of view.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Time, Time, Time, See What’s Become of Me

What's better than one new DONNA HUGHES album? Answer: two new DONNA HUGHES albums. The gifted bluegrass singer-songwriter is back with FROM THE HEART and FLY. We appraise, and praise.
by David McGee
 

 

 

To Fresh Buds

Navona Records has issued a complete disc of composer GREGORY W. BROWN's music on MOONSTRUNG AIR, performed by NEW YORK POLYPHONY and THE CROSSING.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Breathe Deep The Intoxicating Fragrance

Being unfamiliar with the first two self-released albums by the duo known as The Bergamot (native Indianans Jillian Speece of South Bend and Nathan Hoff of Michigan City), I will happily admit to being bowled over by everything...
by David McGee