Rings Through the Earth and Skies: An Electronic Christmas Album

by Jesse LeJeune

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Most but not all of this album is compiled from isolated samples and loops that other musicians have made and posted to the royalty-free sharing website, Looperman.com. The music was made possible by each of the musician's skills and sharing, and they are the true composers of this album. The creative process for me was to act as an arranger/conductor.

I molded the samples--splicing & joining them, editing them in pitch, tempo, equalization, rhythm, etc--to become the Christmas songs we know and love. The samples had no intention of working together, but that was both the challenge and the fun.

Samples and loops appear on all of the tracks except for "Intro" and "O Christmas Tree" which are of original production and arrangement. Other original musical content is scattered throughout the album (for example, all the non-percussive instruments in "Walking in the Air").

The album was mixed with Sennheiser HD 555s, AKG K701 Reference Headphones, Grado Labs SR225s, and Apple ear buds. Software used includes Reaper, Audacity, Sibelius, and the EastWest sample library.

All samples are from looperman.com or the Free Sound Project. Users are respected and thanked; they are credited in the "info" segments of each song.

The title of the album is taken from the last lyrics to the song, "We Three Kings".

Downloading the album will give you a .zip file, which needs to be "unzipped" by a program like WinZip or WinRar (are free to download). These files can be added to iTunes or any music player. I recommend downloading the album, as the audio files are of higher quality (those used for streaming here are compressed and are of lower quality).

The album download also contains 4 bonus tracks: a 1920's AM-radio rendition of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", a strange cover of "Frosty the Snowman" sung by an even stranger character, the original mix of Matt LeJeune's "Greensleeves/What Child is This?", and an alternate mix of "Walking in the Air". These are included in the album download.

credits

released December 1, 2016

Credit is due to all of the artists whose samples and loops I have used in the process of making this album. They are like the farmers, creating and unearthing the raw materials that I played the part of chef with. I have credited each artist per their sample/loop used, in the individual songs' descriptions.

Thank you to Amy LeJeune for making the cover art for this album.

Thank you to Joseph Mark LeJeune for lending his guitar skills on his recorded performance of "Jingle Bell Rock". Also, for letting me use his microphone, which is a Zoom H4n Handy Recorder.

Thank you to Matt LeJeune for arranging, recording, and contributing the song "Greensleeves/What Child is This?"

Thank you to all family and friends who will listen to this album.

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Track Name: The First Noel
The First Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O'er Bethlehem did take its rest,
And there it did both pause and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.


Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
Track Name: Silent Night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing "Alleluia"!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Track Name: Walking in the Air
We're walking in the air
We're floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly

We're holding very tight
I'm riding in the midnight blue
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world
The villages go by like dreams
The rivers and the hills
The forest and the streams

Children gaze open mouth
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We're surfing in the air
We're swimming in the frozen sky
We're drifting over icy
Mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep
Rising up, a mighty monster from its sleep

We're walking in the air
We're dancing in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly
Track Name: Veni Veni Emmanuel
Veni, veni Emmanuel;
Captivum solve Israel,
Qui gemit in exilio,
Privatus Dei Filio.

Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
Nascetur pro te, Israel!

Veni, veni, O Oriens;
Solare nos adveniens,
Noctis depelle nebulas,
Dirasque noctis tenebras.

Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel,
Nascetur pro te, Israel!

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-star, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
Track Name: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel,
You're as cuddly as a cactus, you're as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch,

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch,
Your heart's an empty hole,
Your brain is full of spiders, you have garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch,

I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You have termites in your smile,
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch,

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You're a nasty wasty skunk,
Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch

(Stink, stank, stunk, Mr. Grinch)

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch,
You're the king of sinful sots,
Your heart's a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch,

Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, tangled up in knots as well!

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch,
With a nauseous super "naus"!,
You're a crooked dirty jockey and you ride a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch,
You're a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!
Track Name: O Holy Night
O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth


A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels' voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

Truly He taught to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains He shall break for a slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

Christ is the Lord, His name forever praise we
Noel Noel