It’s Christmas Time
Staszek Plewniak – vocal
Natalia Kawalek – vocal
The FeelHarmony Studio Orchestra
Stefan Plewniak – conductor
The recording you hold in your hands is the joyous family album featuring Staszek Plewniak, and Natalia Kawalek as vocal soloists, conducted by Stefan Plewniak with The FeelHarmony studio orchestra. Our artists are exciting rising stars, shining from separate constellations of musical interest, and yet bound together in this project.
There’s a communal feeling to Christmas music. Maybe this is because we generally hear the songs in the company of others, whether it is as we are elbowing our way down the aisles of the department store or singing along with them in church. We think that’s the most special thing about favorite Christmas albums such as Sinatra’s Christmas Songs by Sinatra from 1948, Jolly Christmas from 1957, or Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella wishes you a Swinging Christmas recorded in 1960.
In the sphere of western popular music, the vast majority of enduring, globally recognized Christmas songs come from the great song-writing generations of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Just a fraction of the catalogue of beloved classics on heavy rotation in radio stations and homes in the weeks of December emerged after the 1970s. And despite their years, these songs are revived, re-invigorated and filled with the energy of the present, again and again. Some, likeHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas are timeless odes to the joy and community of Christ- mas sentiments. Titles such as Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! vividly evoke beloved seasonal experiences.
Whether it be festive mythology, family sentiments, or seasonal celebration, the ribbon of tradition ties these elements together under the Christmas tree. Just as the collected catalogue of Christmas songs ties together the ever growing list of esteemed artists who have visited this catalogue, over nearly a century, to express the joy that all of us share in a tradition that marks not only passing of time, but the immutability of our human goodwill.