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Hello forum friends. Thanks so much for all of the nice comments on Far Too Far!! I just don't get here often enough to respond, but I read and appreciate all of the nice things said.......means a great deal to me! I've always loved Christmas, and Christmas songs. I've posted several here over the years, but here is a link to one you haven't heard. There is a Christmas album with this one as well as those, and one or two others. I linked the previously unposted song but the others are there if you have any interest. All of them are quite traditional old school songs. This one is one that I would have loved to hear Frank sing. I think if I had to choose between the songs of Nat and Frank versus all other Christmas songs, I would choose the former....so much magic in their voices!! Merry Xmas, and hope you enjoy. Love to hear from you! Take care. Greg

https://youtu.be/eRAVtHJgRWw

Hold on to Christmas

It sometimes seems, that all your dreams
Haven’t bloomed and never will
And the summer sun is gone to soon
Given way to autumn chill
But there’s no heart that can’t be warmed
By the smile of young girls and boys
And the season is the reason for their joy

Hold on to Christmas
See through the eyes of a child
Cherish each moment and every embrace
Let your dreams run wild
Hold tight to that feeling
Be joyful in all that you do
Set your heart free and soon you will see
That Christmas lives in you

At Christmas time, we all try to find
Some magic if we can
And reflect upon a child of God
Who forgave the sins of man
To feel the warmth of folk and friend
And be thankful for His birth
A time to stop and pray for peace on earth

Hold on to Christmas
Find joy in just being alive
Smile for the sake of spreading so love
Let your good true spirt thrive
Don’t be afraid to wonder
If one day your dreams can come true
Set yourself free and soon you will
Christmas lives in you

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Smooth and easy perfection. Lyrically, vocally.. the whole package.

Sure, Frank could have sung it... but not like you! laugh


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Wow Greg, this is quite different than the others I heard you do before - and what a great job. Really liked the production on this. The way you worked that bass through there was fantastic. Good write too, but I think what made it shine the most was your vocal. Man, that was goooood. Evverything was clear and smooth, and gosh the way you hit some of those higher notes - I'm jealous!

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This was right up my alley. An upright bass, brushes on the snare, and Greg Johnson's voice are a match made in heaven. Really beautiful music. Happy holidays to all!


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Franks was a terrific vocalist, but no way he would have done this as well. A Greg Johnson Christmas album? Gotta have it. Found it on Amazon. Proud owner. Merry Christmas, Greg.


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Hi Greg
You don't really need that much for a great song
You prove that very impressively herewith
But the little you need for a good song must also be really good
And it is with you in any case !
Excellent song
Wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a healthy happy new year 2023
Many greetings
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Not a genre I know much about Greg, but you did a really smooth job on this. Intelligent lyric too.
Takes me back to childhood.

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Greg,
You got a talent for these. Well composed & arranged. Ace vocals! Enjoyed my listen and thank you for sharing.
Misha.

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Originally Posted By: TuneMonger
This was right up my alley. An upright bass, brushes on the snare, and Greg Johnson's voice are a match made in heaven. Really beautiful music. Happy holidays to all!


I agree.

You don't need Frank as your vocal here is outstanding

You best to date IMHO

Loved it.


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Originally Posted By: dcuny
Smooth and easy perfection. Lyrically, vocally.. the whole package.

Sure, Frank could have sung it... but not like you! laugh


I totally agree with David and I might add that this is one of your best vocal performances I've heard!

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Hi Greg,

Well, add me to everyone else who has said they would prefer hear you sing it than Frank smile

This is as good as it gets IMHO, well done.

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hi Greg,

Superb orchestration with a soft voice that fits wonderfully well into the whole. It's well done. I appreciated.

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Hi Greg I really enjoyed your song and I loved all the Christmas imagery and sentiment that you expressed. It was a really smooth easy listening track and the vocals and the mix sound great.
Regards Dermot

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I enjoy listening to you sing,

This song is like a gentle snow fall.

Lovely!

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Shades of Luther Vandross in here. Beautiful, beautiful song, sung with that marvellous crooner voice of yours. A real treat. Thank you - and HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you!

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Man that is as smooth as can be. What a great vocal. Super melody and the the way you hit some of those high notes is astounding. Good lyric and arrangement help to make this a new Christmas classic, Tom

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EXQUISITE.

So Damn Good.


Simple as that.

An instant classic.

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Gentle and smooth Christmas jazz, I can feel the warmth of a fireplace and the seasonal spirit in every note of the band and in the silky voice. Heartfelt lyrics full of love, hope and wonder. Everything is mixed very well, especially the vocals.

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Greg...How nice it would be to relax at a nice restaurant order a great dinner and listen to this being played by a band on stage...this is so relaxing and superbly executed...I agree with the commentators above...thank you for the music and the sentiment for the holidays...it's a blessing...Merry Christmas...Dan


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Beautiful vocal Greg. Perfect for the season. Merry Christmas to you and your family..


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