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A New Thought For Christmas
Melissa Etheridge
A New Thought For Christmas
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop
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What if someone made a Christmas album for everybody else? That's exactly what Melissa Etheridge has done. Working alongside her producer David Cole, Melissa's songs celebrate a spiritual time of year where people can rejo...  more »


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All Artists: Melissa Etheridge
Title: A New Thought For Christmas
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Label: Island
Original Release Date: 1/1/2008
Re-Release Date: 9/30/2008
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Holiday & Wedding, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Vocal Pop, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: A New Thought for Christmas (CD & DVD)
UPC: 602517746763


Album Description
What if someone made a Christmas album for everybody else? That's exactly what Melissa Etheridge has done. Working alongside her producer David Cole, Melissa's songs celebrate a spiritual time of year where people can rejoice in their traditional, or non-traditional ways, and celebrate a winter solstice filled with love and peace. This ten song album has newly composed songs such as "Ring The Bells," "Light A Light," and "It's Christmas Time" interspersed with traditional holiday standards such as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Blue Christmas." This album begs the question, "If we're all talking about peace on earth, what if we all concentrated on peace on earth and made it happen?" Melissa Etheridge has been a core Island Records artist since the release of her critically-acclaimed eponymous debut, which led to an invitation to sing on the 1989 Grammy Awards broadcast. For several years, Melissa's popularity built around such memorable songs as "Bring Me Some Water" (from her debut), "No Souvenirs" (from 1989's Brave And Crazy) and "Ain't It Heavy" (from 1992's Never Enough), for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Melissa hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, 1993's Yes I Am, featuring the massive hits "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," a searing song of longing that brought her second Best Female Rock Grammy. The album went six times platinum and spent more than two and a half years on the album chart. In 1995, she issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret (#6 on the Billboard Top 200), which included the hit single, "I Want to Come Over." Her astounding success led Melissa to receive the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996. Melissa continued to write, record, and tour throughout the '90s and into the new millennium. In 2006, she was approached by Al Gore to write a song for his documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth. The result was "I Need To Wake Up" and in February 2007, she won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Melissa's Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled was repackaged to include the OSCAR® winning song. In April 2007, Melissa Etheridge received the distinguished ASCAP Founders Award honoring the anthemic power, compassion, and generosity of spirit of her music, and her enduring status as one of the greatest all-time female rock icons. In September 2007, she released The Awakening, which was selected by Rolling Stone Magazine as #20 on its Top 50 albums of 2007.

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Fa La La La La ... it's a Etheridge Timeless Album
DrippingInColorDotCom | Arizoven | 10/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When you unwrap "A New Thought for Christmas" you will be sure to unwrap a gift of peace, unity and complete magic. Not only will this album bring you into full swing of the upcoming Winter Solstice and beyond, but it's also a shining example of the growth of one human spirit - one who has the right thoughts to teach us in a ripple like way that we are ALL ONE and to "CHOOSE ONLY LOVE."

BLUE CHRISTMAS - Janis was smiling on the tapestry of earth the night Melissa Etheridge shattered out with her grace and respect in honor of Janis Joplin's life in music. Well, Elvis is probably feeling just about the same, but with a different flavor. Not only is it an incredible cover of Blue Christmas with that Etheridge edge, but it also has and that soulful power of Philip Sayce and the amazing Lily Wilson and Bernie Barlow blending in the background. Great cover!

GLORIOUS - LOVE LOVE LOVE ... this song is absolutely amazing. "BELIEVE in HEAVENLY PEACE" - that is the first time I have ever heard it like that before and I can see that is a place where CHANGE comes in and, of course, Melissa will teach us that in a GLORIOUS fashion. Beautiful song.

CHRISTMAS (Baby Please Come Home) - WOW! The combination of AMAZING musicians that are ONE with Melissa - they all make it look simple to pick up a classic and carry it right into today. This rules.

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS - Another unbelievable classic. Growing up not really understanding what a "Yuletide Gay" was or even knowing how we were going to make it that way, I just sang along. With a better understanding today, this song (and the whole album) really is such a classic and Melissa of course sings it beautifully.

RING THE BELLS - An amazing grace, a UNITY of such significance. You can see how the universe sets people together to just karmatically communicate that we're all ONE. Through the music and the bells, the words of this song signify so much universal value, and instills in each of us on this earth that we can be all as ONE. We can all create a difference in change ... a new way to look at life. The richness of the lyrics and Melissa Etheridge and Salman Ahmad sound amazing together. The music is simply cleansing and powerful in an ageless beauty. Please click this link here [...]

"But I have seen us rise and fall - Stand on the moon - Tear down the wall - And I know we can do it all - And do it well - So Ring the Bells"

MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY - I LOVE this sassy sexy song. Melissa's insides shine, shine, shine in this song. You can hear her love in this song, and Philip Sayce can deck the halls with vibrations of light in his playing. Truly amazing and again, when you can hear a Melissa Etheridge SMILE when she's singing you know it's all good. For me it's more than a classic song - it's a blessing to see my faves being exactly were they need to be. Tammy Etheridge is an amazing being and this song reflects that tenfold ... just sayin'.

CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA - When Melissa wrote this song a time ago it reminded me of the soldiers serving for us in this great US of A. Them being away from their families. I knew that soon it would change, and I still believe. Bless you all and thank you. Oh and this song totally rules to sing along too!

LIGHT A LIGHT - I truly love this song - layers and Layers in of all that I believe and the simplicity of choosing love. The longer I listen to Melissa Etheridge I find more and more power within her music. Finding that not only is it the lyrics that are ageless, but lately in the patience she delivers them, and truly making the message as simple as it should be. A true gift and I listen to this song and feel just blessed to be a fan of Melissa Etheridge and having the ability to walk this earth and hear this music and share in the layers of reflections in and of the words "Choose Only Love," as for me it flickers all around with grace and truth. Amazing.

"Write down your excuses - And turn them into dust - Plant the seeds of change - Water it with trust"

IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME - For the love of Christmas Cookies. This song snaps me right into the spirit of Winter Solstice. Not sure the neighbor will dig the layers of veggie peanuts back there for my snow effect in Arizona, but hey, from the rap tap tap at the beginning of this tune to the layers of vocals, to the amazing Sayce, I love the message and this song rocks totally! It makes to sing, but most importantly it brings me into the spirit of the season. It's one of those that needs to be loud, and plus this song will make an excellent ringtone.

O' NIGHT DIVINE - Wow what a way to close such an amazing album. The talent of Philip Sayce is so special along with each musician involved in this album. It shows the timeless side of Melissa Etheridge in her incredible ability to make old songs new again, and to introduce her patience in lyrics, vocal, music and most of all ... her gift of teaching by just being human.

"A New Thought For Christmas" should definitely be a gift you grab yourself and whomever else you may be getting a gift for. You can get it at Amazon, Itunes and many other stores. Leave your review. I would love to see how it reflects you too. Visit [...] to keep up to date on the hip happenings of Melissa and her amazing band Mark Browne, Philip Sayce, Fritz Lewak, Paul Trudeau, Lily Wilson and Bernie Barlow, as well the amazing Salman Ahmad and Samir Chatterjee."
Christmas Has Been Redefined...
L. Cox | Arkansas | 10/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...& who better to do it? I'm a huge, dedicated Melissa fan, but even if I wasn't I would love this album. It's the holidays from a whole new point of view, spiritual instead of religious. It's an amazing mix of sounds; rock, blues, jazz, & classic all find their nests in the 10 songs. Her band will blow you away, & they are the perfect backing to her powerful, moving, hopeful, & joyous lyrics. This album should be the new soundtrack to everyone's holiday, regardless of what they celebrate during the month of December. So, as Melissa says, it's time to give peace a chance & choose love...& this album is the perfect way to begin.

Melissa Rocks With New Thought for Christmas
Rick Solimini | Edgewood, Maryland United States | 10/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In my eyes and ears,Melissa Etheridge always grows artistically and musically. She rocks out,even with her spin on traditional holiday songs.They sound fresh and full of life.This cd is a great addition to her music and to many Christmases to come. Each song I love alot. You can play it over and over again.Peace is the answer.Sometimes it happens more so at Christmas.Let it happen through out the year. Thank you Melissa for putting out a great CD."