Christmas: An Irrational Season

  • Produced by Carolyn Arends and Roy Salmond
  • 8 Arends' originals, plus interpretations of 4 Christmas classics
  • Title and Prologue/Epilogue inspired by a poem by Madeleine L'Engle
***** A lush, yet simple, vibrant yet reverent Christmas album ... this disc will easily become a favourite for your holiday listening collection." - CCMPlanet

Liner Notes

Produced by Carolyn Arends
Associate Producer: Roy Salmond
Recorded and mixed at Whitewater Studio, Surrey, BC
Band recorded by Pat Glover, overdubs recorded by Roy Salmond (with additional button pushing by Carolyn Arends)
Mixed by Greg Reely
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at The Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California

Art direction: Brent Flink and Carolyn Arends
Design: Brent Flink for Indivisual Design
Cover art and package illustrations: Robert Ellis Oral
Photography: www.Kharen Hill.com
Photo Assist: Sven Boecker and Sean Ponsford
Digital Imaging by Nicholas Jan at the Lab Vancouver
Styling: Tracey Pincott
Hair and make-up: Trudi Egerton Ball

The Band:

Randall Stoll (RS) – drums and percussion
Rene Worst (RW) – electric, acoustic, arco and fretless bass
Roy Salmond (RKS) – things with keys, electric guitar, percussion and backing vocals
Spencer Capier (SC) – things with strings and backing vocals
Carolyn Arends (CA) – vocals, acoustic guitars

Many of the arrangements on this album began with live versions by the Carolyn Arends trio…Carolyn Arends, Spencer Capier and Spencer Welch.

The Irrational Season (Prelude)
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass, arco
RKS – piano, electric guitar
SC – violin, bouzouki
CA – acoustic guitar

Come and See
RS – drums, percussion
RW – fretless bass
RKS – accordion, gourd
SC – electric guitar
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Roy Salmond, Carolyn Arends

Do Not Be Afraid
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar, shaker, Tibetan bell
SC – mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Steve Bell – harmony vocals

Angels We Have Heard on High
RS – drums
RS – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, organ, tambourine
SC – mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Vocal Ensemble – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Francis Duncan, Louanne Menser

My First Christmas
RW – drums
RS – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, horns
SC – electric guitar
CA – acoustic guitar, harmony vocals

The Lord’s Servant
RW – drums
RS – bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar
SC – acoustic guitar
CA – 12-string guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Spencer Capier, Carolyn Arends

Now in Flesh Appearing
RW – drums, jingle bells
RS – bass
RKS – piano, electric sitar, crunch guitar, shaker
SC – electric guitar
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Carolyn Arends

Christmas Must Be Tonight
RS – drums
RW – bass
RKS – piano, organ, glockenspiel, harmony vocals
SC – electic guitar, mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Special thanks to The Clumsy Lovers for the background vocal ideas.

Go Tell It On the Mountain
RS – drums
RW – bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar, organ, tambourine
SC –- mandolin
CA – acoustic guitar
Vocal Ensemble – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Francis Duncan, Louanne Menser

Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – Wurlitzer, synth
SC – Baritone guitar
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Roy Salmond

Is Bethlehem Too Far Away
RS – drums, percussion
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, organ, shaker
SC – bouzouki
CA – acoustic guitar
Harmony vocals – Glenda Orton, Brett Wade, Spencer Capier

A Christmas Blessing
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, accordion, rain-stick-shaker
SC – violin
CA – acoustic guitar, hi-strung guitar
Harmony vocals – Spencer Welch, Carolyn Arends

The Irrational Season (Postlude)
RS – drums
RW – acoustic bass
RKS – piano, electric guitar
SC – bouzouki
CA – acoustic guitar

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