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A Healing Songs Series recording celebrating 50 years of a family tradition at Christmas.  

   Fifty years ago in 1963 at holiday time, my older sister Rose sat at the piano and learned to play the song “A Merry Christmas to You.”  Then she gathered Ken and me on Christmas Eve to sing the song for our parents, Loran and Mary Lou.  They loved it and this moment inspired an annual tradition.  Each Christmas since, their children, eventually 12 in number,  celebrated the holiday by putting on the play.   Now the family event has grown to include spouses, 31 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  

    The program has taken various forms, but has always included songs, recital pieces and the re-enactment of the Christmas story.  The selection of songs on this recording reflects the Christmas program as it currently takes place.  Silent Night has become the traditional program closer.  I'm especially grateful to our mother, who is in her 80th year, for singing with my brother Pat on his arrangement of this traditional Christmas song.  I hope this recording reveals the joy we experience through this celebration of song and family. 

May it bring you peace. 

Piano, keyboards  Ron Noecker        Bass  Ken Noecker

Guitar Pat Noecker        Mandolin, percussion Dan Kane

  1. 1.Home for the Holidays   Al Stillman & Robert Allen

  2. 2.Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas  Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, vocals Ron 

  3. 3.Coventry Carol 15th century, arr Ron Noecker, vocals Mary Jean Klug

  4. 4.Jingle Bells  James Lord Pierpont  arr Ron Noecker, vocals Olivia & Lyndsey Hamilton

  5. 5.The Holly and the Ivy   arr Robert Schultz, piano Curtis Noecker

  6. 6.Joy to the World  arr and vocals Pat Noecker

  7. 7.Angels We Have Heard on High  arr David Lantz III, vocals Mary Jean Klug & Ron

  8. 8.We Three Kings arr Ron Noecker, Kings:  Don Noecker, Gilbert Imbayi & Ron

  9. 9.Silent Night  arr Pat Noecker, vocals Mary Lou (Mom) Noecker and Pat

  10. 10.The Christmas Song  Mel Tormé and Bob Wells

Engineering and Mixing:  Dan Kane    

Mastering Engineer:  Doug Van Sloun, Focus Mastering

Recorded at Power Base Studio, Wisner, Nebraska  completed September 11, 2013 

Cover design by the Design Studio at Disc Makers

Distribution:  Rose Koch in Nebraska and Ruth Guthrie in Maryland

Copyright:  Nursing Heart, Inc.  All rights reserved. 


September 8-11, 2013


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