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1. Sleigh Ride
2. Mary Did You Know
3. Christmas Song, The
4. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
6. Winter Wonderland
7. Silent Night
8. Joy To The World
9. Hark The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful
10. O Holy Night
11. Merry Christmas With Love
Oct 9 04 8:44 PM
Oct 9 04 9:22 PM
A first. I've never gotten chills at one of Clay's songs nor have I cried. Classy yet modern just as it was described.
Can you imagine hearing this in concert? Gorgeous.
OMG, I'm in tears. Mary Did You Know is seriously beautiful. If I hear this live, I will melt, swoon, and die a happy death. Can you imagine what the rest of the CD sounds like?
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yes! you can hear clay CLEARLY for the most part. there's one crescendo where it gets a little muddy.
i hate this song! but when clay sings it i love this song!
eta: ooops sorry. postwhoring. i'm excited because this is the first song of clay's (professional) i have ever listened to that i truly loved instantly.
Mary Did You Know is hauntingly gorgeous. I cried for the first time. Felt chills, too, but not for the first time. I can't wait for this CD and the concert!
Holy crap! Add me to the list of CHILLS, omg - this is unbelievable. WOW. When we picked Clay Aiken, we sure picked a winner!
OMG, it is gorgeous and 1:36 of the song killed me dead. Where is that going to hell in a handbasket car?
Wow. This song is so haunting. I absolutely love it.
OMG, I have goosebumps on top of goosebumps!!!!!
So gorgeous!!!! That.is.all.
I hadn't heard of this song until it got mentioned that Clay might sing it. So I listened to snips of other people singing it. I liked it but I like other Christmas songs better.
I just finished listening to Clay's version. What a hauntingly beautiful version. His voice is front and center for most of it - just as I wished it would be. And his voice is so velvety and pure. I can totally picture myself listening to this year after year. It is what Clay said he wanted - classy and timeless.
Thank you, Clay. It is a wonderful song.
I have to hear this live. MUST hear this live. *whimper*
Looks like I'm going to freakin' Detroit just before Christmas -- which means snowy roads, surly border guards, and competing with thousands of my bestest friends in Clay Nation for a ticket. ARRRGGGHHH!
Wow...I said before that I never liked that song...but that was before I heard it performed by Clay. His voice flows like honey. And I do believe that he sounded more than quite a bit like George Michael around the middle...hockeydonna, do you concur?
I must say, however, that I wasn't crazy about the backing track and vocals...it sounded a bit too boy-bandish for me. Maybe it was the finger-snapping sounds that did it...I don't know.
However, this does not make me worry about the CD at all...I just figure that the backing track reflects that this is a more modern song than the other tracks on the album. Even though I didn't like the backing, I still think this was a very well-produced track that showcases Clay's voice gloriously.
Thank you oh magnificent Clack Goddesses - you of speedy feet and rapid fingers. I cannot believe how quickly you got that song up.
That arrangement is just gorgeous. If this is what Afanasieff can do - I can imagine how fabulous this cd will be - and how much Clay must have adored working with him.
I don't know this song - I'm curious - is this kindy of jazzy arrangement typical for MDYK? Not being a Christian, I don't really listen to the lyrics (no, I'm not going for a retread of that thread) but I'm enthralled by the sound and feeling. I'm playing it over and over -- I'm totally immersed in his voice. He truly is an amazing talent.
I am in love with this man's voice!!! Whoever said "Flows like honey"? OMG!!! YES!!! I can hear his breaths. I love headphones. Clay breathing in my ear is always good. *g* I could listen to this over and over. It is not a song I like, but I love it when he sings it. How does he do that???
It's been three or four minutes and I'm still feeling chills running up and down my body. Just breathtakingly beautiful. I may be a heathen, but I'm so voiting for a gospel album, because the passion he feels and conveys is simply amazing.
That was lovely......absolutely lovely! So simple and pure and heartfelt. Thank you.
I do love him..........just not his tour schedule. *g*
I loved Mary Did You Know. He sounded absolutely gorgeous. I think the thing I liked most was how delicately (if that is the right word) he sang most of it. In some ways it reminded me of how he sang SBJ in concert, and I think it really works for this song.
If the rest of the Christmas album is like this, I am going to be very, very happy!
Between Mary Did You Know and Proud of Your Boy, I am in heaven.
This is how Clay's voice should be presented. I love me some rocking Clay but this is the voice that touches my soul. Breathtakingly beautiful voice. No other words.
I've heard this song many times in church. I love it, I've always loved it for the melody and the message.
But oh god oh god the Vox. What he does with it to that song.
I don't think I ever want to hear another renditon.
I love the feeling of falling in love all. over. again.
MDYK is simply beautiful...a Christmas lullaby.
OMG that is the most beautiful thing I've heard since Solitaire!
Vegas Target does not have the CD yet...will check back on Tuesday.
GAH...I'M DEAD. Cant wait to hear this live.
The only thing better than hearing this is watching him sing it. I can see the hint of a smile on his face when he sings "when you kiss your little baby". OMG!!! I can just see it in my mind. It will kill me. Does anyone sing "baby" like he does??? Why can't I stop listening to this song?? Someone slap me. Hey!! Not everyone at once!!
Wow. I hadn't heard the song before. I downloaded the other clips by other artists but hadn't listened to them yet.
I really don't mist up at every song Clay Aiken sings but add this one to my collection. Wow.
I haven't heard any version of this song before today so I had no preconceived notions. First the bad news. *g* The snaps are annoying. The backup singers are too loud and, uh, a little annoying.
Now the good news. Low voice, subtle, gently sung. That's the Clay I love. He sounds goegeous, just gorgeous! I actually really like this a LOT. I even like the song; love the minor key, the melody is haunting and lovely. Ooooh OMG, I like it, I like it!!!!
He just . . . is. . . . (oops sorry)
Love the subtlety. It's beautiful.
::drags out the handbasket:: How does Clay do this?... he turns another Christmas song into a turn on?!
I have goosebumps and chills from MDYK. I really didn't have any great interest in hearing this song (which I'd never even heard of until recently)... because, well, I was afraid it would be a leetle too religious for my tastes. I was waiting for the toe-tappers and the sexay (like HYAVMC). *g*
Now we have Clay giving us yet another side of that incredibly versatile, glorious VOX ... I am, yet again, amazed at the beauty of it. I liked the modern arrangement of it, too; much 'less stuffy' than I had imagined it might be.
*waves to Big Deity in the sky* Thank you for Clay Aiken. Amen.
I'm loving MDYK. It's a little more modern than I had imagined (it's the finger snaps, really), but I love the way that Clay sings it. I can definitely picture it being played on the radio constantly this holiday season and I think that it might surprise people who didn't watch AI and only know Clay's voice from "Invisible."
And if this is how he sounds on a song that I think is pretty crappy (with all apologies to those who love it), then I can't wait to hear how he sounds on the good ones. I have a feeling that "Silent Night" is going to kill me.
I think the finger snapping adds to the haunting feel. I love the low notes. I also think this is the kind of production we get when Clay has lived with the song and truly knows it. I hope that this is indicative of the CD.
When he sings "when you kiss your little baby," my toes curl. Absolutely gorgeous from beginning to end. I love the unexpected finger snapping, the unexpected pacing, the voice. I don't know how to describe it. It just is. What a gift. I keep thinking of people I want to hear this.
OK, I caved. And now my eyes are leaking. I had relistened to my former favorite version before listening to Clay's... someone who I used to think had a great voice. There's just no comparison. None.
And the song? Wow... the whole arrangement was beautiful.. I love the way the voices and the strings create a sort of "caught in the wind" feel in the middle. This will seriously rock live. Can. not. wait. Is it Nov. 16th yet?????
Oct 9 04 10:01 PM
I just want to hug my children and have this beauty wash over us. I needed to reminded of love and beauty tonight and Clay's tender, haunting, beautiful voice on this song fills me with both. This cd will be timeless indeed. There is a passion that is real and unforced. So very beautiful.
Clay, thank you. Just thank you.
And then came the soothing, melodic, strains of MDYK by our velvet-voiced boyfriend to calm me down. How I love that song. I just knew it would be magical as sung by Clay. It is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I burned a CD of it right away and get chills every time I hear it. Every note of it is perfection. His voice is truly a gift from God.
ETA: Put new batteries in my head phones and gave a listen. This is the ultimate best I've heard him sing. So intimate, haunting and beautiful. His phrasing is perfect. His voice is perfect. The background music is perfect. How did we get so lucky to be made so happy by a guy from Raleigh.
I'm not familiar with this song - have no idea how it's usually sung - but I love the finger snaps. I had said it had a jazzy feel. clotilde said folk feel. She's right. It's a fantastic jazzy folky fabulous masterpiece and I'm closing my eyes and just letting it wash over me.
MDYK has taken me out of semi-lurker mode...been taking a break from posting to get ready for the next onslaught and this song just totally did me in. I LOVE IT!
Have to admit I was getting a bit worried... just natural anxiousness because I have such high hopes for this cd but as usual Clay has proven himself to me again and exceeded my expectations.
I totally love this song, the arrangement of the instruments, the snapping, the background vocals (just got a bit loud in one section), love how he ended it. I actually loved how he kinda slurrs or slides through some of the d's and b's, I guess Newland we are at opposite ends again on this...hee...its cool though...I always loved this song and I do like Donny's version but IMO Clay blows that out of the water.
Oh. MAH. God.
I return after a super busy day to THIS.... I have chills running down my spine and my toes curled so severely that the podiatrist is here as we speak trying to wedge them out of the inside of my foot... So subtle... so sweet... he even pulls out his SBJ voice... I can not WAIT for this Christmas CD...
How I feel after listening to that is simply beyond words. All I can say is thank you, Clay. I feel truly blessed (and happy) to be a supporter of your voice -- your career.
ETA--again . . . I think you've learned to sing. :)
I just listened to MDYK.
Kill me dead.
I had to share with someone before the song was even half over. Called CinPA, line busy, called Diane, line busy, called CinPA again, got through. All I could say on the phone was, 'oh my god' over and over and over and over again.
From the one time I listened, it was the perfect marriage of arrangement, production, and voice. This recording SCREAMS quality production. If the other songs on the CD are as good as this one, there will be no meeerkats left standing to attend any of Clay's Christmas concerts. Because he'll have killed us, one by one.
Off to listen for the rest of the night.
Thank you, thank you, to all responsible for getting this song to us today!
I've never heard this song before - But Clay singing it , almost makes me want to go to Mass or something.
Anybody have a list of the other songs on the CD? this is amazing - I can't stop listening to it, his voice is so perfect. I feel sorry for any singer who tried to sing this song, because it will never be sung as well.
Since I really cannot afford a christmas concert ticket, I'm counting on you CH'ers to get a video of Clay singing this song, so that I can be dead by christmas.
That's IT, I am never again spending any time with my kids on a weekend! I just cannot take any time away from this fandom without something major happening. I spent the day with my son, then came back and checked in here, thinking it would be a slow day, and THERE IS A NEW SONG! OMG! And I need to go back out to Target!!!
The song is hauntingly beautiful. I LOVE the last two notes, the way Clay hovers over "I am" instead of glory noting it. Perfect. I love the production values, the way his voice is out front, the chorus coming in just at the right time, not drowning him out, remaining in the background. I didn't really like TFN or SB last year, because neither sounded authentic to me; his voice sounded restrained, and the music was obviously a cheap canned backing track. I'm so looking forward to this CD.
I've never heard this song before. For those who have, please give an honest opinion, and try not to be swayed by the thought of how beautiful his face will look as he sings this song to us on TV and in concert. How does Clay's version compare to other versions?
I too am completely blown away by "Mary, Did You Know?" Wow, I have serious chills here. Absolutely gorgeous. It is so beautiful that I'm almost afraid to listen to it again. His voice is truly a gift. I had heard a couple versions of the song before, including Donny Osmond's, which is very good. But I agree wholeheartedly with whoever said that no other previous version compares to Clay's. I am stunned, uplifted, soothed, haunted, and deeply moved by Clay's rendition. Clay never ceases to amaze me with the depth and richness of his talent.
And this was not even one of the songs that I was looking forward to the most. I am now concerned that I will not survive listening to the entire cd.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! *insert umpteen dancing bananas*
MDYK is stunning, surprising, and a little overwhelming. Much like the guy singing it. I love every single note, "finger-snap", breath...all of it. My excitement for the Christmas CD, which was already at about 12 out of 10, just increased tenfold and is now off the charts.
I'll be in the Overwhelming Love, Joy, and Hormones Car.
It has kind of a Babyface feel to it....the rhythm and snaps and all.
Should do really well on the radio!!!
That is one of the most stunning things I have ever heard. This is how his voice was always meant to be heard, this is the voice I fell in love with. Honestly, hearing this is making me realize just how much the MOAM producers hid that beautiful voice. And I always adored MOAM. I have no idea how I'm going to handle this live. Good lord, this is just haunting beauitiful, unbelievably perfect and gorgeous.
I am now a whimpering mess..Every single note is giving me chills.
clay cannot keep doing this to me, damnit!
"haunting" was the first word that came to my mind the first time I listened to MDYK. Now I see that many other meers had the same response!
Amazingly, hauntingly, wonderfully, exquistely... beautiful. THIS is how to produce a Clay Aiken song. His voice sounds so clear. So... flawless. I can actually feel him breathing into my ears. its rendering me useless.
I am so not prepared for the rest of this CD. I cannot even think of how physically unable I will be to respond to it. Prepare my grave now for O Holy Night, y'all.
I'm so going to Hell for being jealous of the Virgin Mother because Clay sings her name so beautifully in MDYK. The way he sings the name "Mary" is so, how can I put this, sexy and reverent at the same time. Maybe it's because the name is sung in his lower register which I have always loved. Then he finishes me off when he sings, " when you kiss your little baby you kiss the face of God."
I love this arrangement. I had heard this sung at a school Xmas recital a couple of years ago and at a church. There is NO comparison. It wouldn't even be fair to compare the performances This is a beautifully arranged song which showcases the vocals. Now I really wish he would have sung "What Child is This" with the same type of arrangement. I love this song and he would kill with this kind of production. Guess I'll just have to wait for the Clay Aiken Xmas CD Vol II.
Meanwhile I have to go find all those overdue Sunday Mass collection envelopes. Gotta work on moving my way up the foodchain. Don't think I'd do to well in Hell--I can't deal with the hot flashes I have now.
When the first song list containing MDYK surfaced here, I was beyond giddy with anticipation of hearing that glorious VOX wrapped around those tender, moving lyrics. (Like huskerfalcon, this is one of my favorite songs ever), and when sung by the folk group at Sunday Mass, always brings me to tears. I wanted to hear MDYK every bit as much as O Holy Night...maybe a leetle bit more even. Clay's rendition is absolutely sublime; even better than the folk group's version. *g*
I immediately burned this and a few other Christmas songs to a CD, knowing it would sound far better on my kick-ass car stereo than on the crappy computer speakers we have. Due to a recent muscle injury that makes walking uncomfortable, I asked my DH to go test it in the car.
Emery **waves to PQ** loves the Vox as well as the Man, has gone to every concert with me, installed a huge new hard drive last winter for Clack, reads the Clay news I email to him, helps burn Clay DVD's, etc., so after waiting about 10 minutes for him to come back to say the CD burned successfully, I figured he was probably listening to all the carols. After a few more minutes, I limped to the driveway, hearing the sweet strains of MDYK floating out the car windows. He opened the passenger door, and I was stunned to see tears flowing down his face. "Those lyrics are beautiful, babe, but OMG. His voice is just so perfect!!!!!!!" Whoa. I got a bit misty over MDYK, but Boyfriend brought my DH to tears. Yeah--it's NOT JUST US :)
I think this is going to be the soaring, searing, heart-rending version of Infinite Jest (film) for me. Aflack and institches, thank you so much for having gotten this to us.
I can't speak in technical terms, but, to me, this is the first recording of Clay's that has depth and layers enough to reveal something new with each listen. Clay's delivery is tender, and he seems to supports it beautifully, so that the depth of his voice resonates through the recording. I don't know if he has delivered a better vocal interpretive performance than this. Angela, Quiana and Jacob's voices complement Clay's vocals beautifully (it's funny that it is recognizably them, but I appreciate that). The instrumentation works wonderfully to carry the song, and to weave with Clay's voice -- I like how the guitar and percussion are sharply and acutely rendered, to cut through the recording medium -- there's a sort of inexorable rhythm they bring, that evokes a sense of destiny. The strings are light, almost airy, there to tinge the atmosphere with sadness and solace. The bridge is piercing as it delivers that commanding pronouncement of the future -- it evokes the burdens to come. It serves as a nice contrast/complement to the delicate verses and choruses, which evoke the promise and hope that a mother's loving eyes see in a new life.
Everything about this recording has layers and depth, and it all comes together into a heart-rending whole that cradles the listener, just as a parent might a newborn chid. Somehow, Clay has told a whole story in this song. He has made me feel a story with which I am entirely unfamiliar, except in the broadest of outlines. I can't stop listening. My heart won't leave my throat.
Listening to MDYK.
God help us all! No @#%$ God, we really need help!
I absolutely adore everything about that song! The critics are going to be sick when they realize how good it is!
MDYN with an Eastern twist
When it comes to music, I try not to be too analytical. I like my music to touch my heart, and the really good stuff, of which there is so little, touches the part of me that will live forever. I cannot believe this song. I took a course once, while studying in an eastern mystery school. We were played all kinds of music and were to notice in which part of our bodies we could "feel" the music; in Eastern terms, what chakra or seal would vibrate. Most music stays in the lower three chakras, even the really pretty stuff, very few voices or music reaches beyond and inspires. For me Clay's beautiful voice vibrates in this song to reach what the gurus call the great fourth chakra of love. It is supposedly the bridge from the human to the divine. All I can say is that this song inspires me and I am not even a Christian......but love is love no matter what.
God, this is beautiful. I can't stop listening to this song. It's like staring into a solar eclipse -- I know I should stop, but I can't help myself. I've always had high hopes for the Christmas CD, but now I can't imagine waiting more than a month to hear it. Thanks to all who brought this to us -- I checked my local Target this afternoon, and it wasn't anywhere to be found, so this is a real treasure.
. . . This song came at just the right moment. I feel better, and more hopeful, for hearing that gorgeous and reassuring voice. What a gift.
well crap, what's a lapsed Catholic to do with a song like this huh? I don't think about my faith (or lack of, or whatever) very often, but this song has struck me so deep my heart feels like it is going to burst. Probably TMI but my father died a couple of weeks ago, and I think the absolute beauty of this song may be bringing my emotions to a head /TMI. Come to NZ Clay, you know you want to.
Thank you Clackhouse (and Clay) for the opportunity to hear this song.
Geez, CH...thanks for the pms--it was like a " red alert, red alert, red alert "cry! Thank you.
Okay. I have to respond to some pms but on just one listen, and for brevity's sake, I can honestly say that this is one of the best accounts I can remember hearing.
From Natalie Cole to Glen Cambell to dearest Reba (with the strangest enunciation and phrasing) to Michael Crawford--many versions interpret the lines "the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again" with dramatic histrionics straight from the Theda Bara School of Sight Singing. Fitting for the soundtrack to a Tim Burton Christmas movie but ferocious for a lullaby.
The start of the bridge, in this rendition, is allowed to build dramatically and does not bludgeon the listener with a feverish "the blind will see " to epic proportions. You do not hear the orchestra as the "main line' of the music but it is there. The back ups, who suffer a little from the vagaries of internal balance and reverb, still provide warm support and appropriate intensity. Clay has a real feel for unfolding the bridge patiently but he's unfailingly musical when he needs to use a more delicate pallette in the verse.
It's tasteful music-making. I have no wish to critique it in an analytical way because comparatively it is so very fine.
As far as enunciation, each idiom of singing has its own particulars. I am just going to take a page out of my mother's book (who was a fine, fine speech and diction teacher) . Conscientious and defined enunciation does not necessarily mean good diction. Clinging to consonants and being too crisp or enunciating for too great a length in time may actually change the pitch in the tone. I think there is a misconception about how to sing different genres. Honestly. One of my current tasks is to individually coach members of a university choir in order to strengthen the whole unit. Many of these singers have only been taught by choir directors who have a degree in music but not voice and who come from a background of theatre and choruses. Directors of choruses and theatre music directors focus a lot on the duration of enunciating consonants. So, for every idiom, there is a new set of particulars stylistically. There's a lot of reteaching in the process. To sing "pop" or in a "pop" style means leaving the choir behind and singing through the consonants, something I've always advocated for Clay as a "pop" singer. It may not sound right or it may go against what you know of singing, but in solo singing--the accuracy of pitch, the agility and the ability to sustain belting mid range are of greater value. Call it the stylistic quirks of contemporary singing, if you will.
Again, thanks for the pms. This is an excellent rendition.
Wow...what a day. Pink Armchair and Beagle3 left my house about an hour ago. I did update them when they arrived this afternoon that a new song was available at Target. We stopped there on our shopping trip...but no album. Now, they will be getting home to this...
...a gorgeous song. His voice is magnificent, I love the arrangement, and the most breathtaking part to me is the last two words -- "I am." Beautiful tone, so pure.
I love Rock!Star!Clay! like anything in the world, but this...there.are.no.words.
Sheesh...I think this song just made me decide to do one of the craziest things in life...go to LA for a concert... If Clay only knew the power he has on me...
And if you think it's beautiful using your headphones...
On my 6 feet MARTIN LOGAN hi-fi speakers, it's
Mary Did You Know? : Good heavens...there are no words...such a beautiful song, Clay sounds absolutely heaven sent, his voice is so tender and loving. I'm babysitting my little granddaughter tonight and I was holding her in my arms when the download was finally complete. When I heard the first words I got chills down my spine, the hair on my arms stood up...and I got teary eyed. I just closed my eyes and held her close to me and listened to it over and over. The feeling of total bliss washed over me. How does this man do this to me time and again???? I love his voice...it touches a place inside me that I never knew exsisted. *sigh* Clay is magic to my soul. I looked at Kylie's perfect sleeping face and ya know...Clay really must produce an album of lullabies...his voice would be perfect for soothing a restless child. God, I love him.
**Bonus...the hubby said it was a very beautiful song and he bet the Christmas album would be very good! High praise, high praise indeed.**
Who do you thank?
Who do you thank for the gift of this song? The gift of Clay's voice? Do you thank God? Allah? Budda? Do you thank Faye? How about Vernon? Do you thank Clay himself? Do you thank cosmic providence or kismet? Is he lucky or is there some higher purpose, as some have suggested?
I think it was Remocker who said if Clay sang like this for the next 30 years, we would be blessed. I've had this song on repeat for a few hours now. I did the same with the song 'Measure of a Man' last year. Some songs are timeless, this is one of them.
Who the hell does one thank for this precious gift?
For want of an answer, thank you, Clay.
As I listen...and listen and listen to Mary Did You Know...I thought of this:
Learning, by definition, is The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill. And it is continuous. Like breathing. Imagine a seed...swelling, popping open, then sprouting...reaching, growing, evolving into one form, then another, then yet another...taking shape, filling out, refining texture, definition, sheen. Blushing and then deepening with color, sweetening and seasoning the taste. Pushing against an elastic skin until the form fills and expands and fills again. Shaping and reshaping, coloring then enriching in hue.
Just think...this is Clay in the very beginning of his evolution. Learning to sing...exploring and exposing the innermost parts of his heart for the very first time. Coaxing and cajoling the notes that will continue to grow right along with his emotional exploration.
He is exquisite...the shell is is filling as our own hearts are bursting. But it's really...just beginning. The mist of a brilliant sun is only barely peaking. We have so much to live for...Faye, did you know?
I love this so much it's hard to put into words. Cap, today you've been my brain, I have to word every.post.
I love the mood set by the snaps and crispness of the guitar.
I love the haunting sensual energy of his breath. I'd love to have that breath so close I could feel it's heat on my face. GAH!
....shakes head...oh yeah... Christmas song .... yeah..ok so...
Clay, Thank You so much, You are such a gift, I feel so blessed.
And Clay I know that you say that you have spent your whole life trying to be what Vernon is not and I love ya for it.
BUT Clay, God gave you that DNA, and some of it you just can't deny. The good stuff Clay. like what you do with that voice of yours GAH!
Oct 9 04 10:30 PM
That is absolutely, positively, freakin gorgeous.
I expected nothing less from the Aiken when I heard this song on the links provided. If this is played on the radio, people will stop in their tracks to listen to this! It will help sell his CD like crazy. And, I hope he sings this on his special.
Let's just imagine an entire CD full of songs that sound like this. Is it Nov.16 yet?
Gorgeous! Just Gorgeous!!
OMG!! Clay, you've done it again. Simply amazing. :waa You would think we'd get used to his ability to bring us to tears, but we don't. *reaches for claynex*. Chills. Amazingly beautiful. *sniff*
WOW!!! Thats awesome!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!
ETA~ My mom and dad just listened to it, and my dad wants to play it in church!!!! My dads exact words were:
"wow! that was the BEST version I heard, It has a nice layout!"
I'm speechless!!!! I hope it will get plenty of radio plays, definitely one of the most beautiful song I have ever heard. Pure Clay, just perfect!!!
That is breathtaking..there are no words
I am crying
Truly, I do not shed tears over too many songs. I did on this one. He captured my whole body with this song. I cannot believe how absolutely beautiful it is. I knew instinctively I would love it after having heard it in an on-line sample by another artist. I just never knew I would love it this much. His voice is perfection on this song. The production is amazing...Clay's voice is the one that shines...the way it should be. I will be listening to this all night now.
This song has been one of my favorite Christmas songs for years and Clay's version is outstanding.
It's so refreshing to his voice without it being overwhelmed by the background music. I hope the whole cd is like this--voice over instrumentals!
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It's so refreshing to his voice without it being overwhelmed by the background music. I hope the whole cd is like this--voice over instrumentals!
OH MY...I'm speechless....almost. I am so stunned by the beauty of this. This has become one of my favorite songs and I listen to it all year long. To hear Clay sing this with the haunting beauty and emotion he brings to it is almost unbearable. It's perfect...simply perfect. Finally, a production that allows his voice to be the centerpiece. Thank you Baby Jesus and thanks to all those involved in making this a dream come true.
So soft and haunting!!!
They refrained from Clay's usual powerful glory notes throughout this song (except for a minor one in the middle of the song which abruptly stops before it reaches his usual length and power....followed by a pause, and then goes right back to soft lower register Clay)!!! Although I LOVE his glory notes....there is something so touching deep thru to your soul about him singing this way!!! It also shows off the glorious tone of his voice!!!
I will have this on constant repeat the rest of the day!!!
I think I am addicted... I keep listening to it.. I can't stop listening to it. It is sooooo beautiful... :
For those who want to wait DON'T. This is THE most beautiful song I have ever heard. You have no idea what your missing...
I have never cried while listening to anything until now. If
this doesn't shut up his critics nothing will - this is the most
beautiful thing I ever heard. I don't know if I will live through
the whole Christmas CD.
Clay is the most amazing singer - he can sing anything.
Can you tell I LOVED it and will probably have it on repeat
until I can get to Target. Of course, this is the only song I
will probably listen to.
OMG OMG That song started and my stomach and heart sunk. Chills that voice...How am I going to survive the whole album. I'm crying again this song will play me to sleep and is on continuous already. I don't know what to say That is the mosy beautiful thing I've ever heard . Thank You so much. He has pulled my heart out from under me. Thank You so much Lord for that voice.
WOW, that was absolutely gorgeous!! I love the arrangement!!! The music is kept soft and subtle and we are allowed to focus on that BEAUTIFUL VOICE! What a gift of music he gives us!!!! Definitely leaves us all wanting more!!
And once again Clay has performed a song that no one else will be able to record again. He so owns this song now. I really feel a little sorry for anyone who has to top that. I think my chill bumps are permanent. My husband who likes Clay but his "like" doesn't quite equal mine.....actually teared up when I played it for him. We are such lucky fans.
THANK YOU, GOD, FOR CLAY AIKEN AND THE
VOICE THAT YOU GAVE HIM.
Well if I had an ounce of doubt about spending a small fortune to fly and see Clay next month, this just clinched it. That is beyond description. His voice touches every fiber of my being. I can't even imagine what it will be like to hear this live. Not to mention watching him deliver it...I'll never be the same that's for certain.
ply RE Does anyone think this could be a Christmas #1 hit?? I don't know how the rankings work but I seriously think this could be a breakthrough hit for him.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow...
Thank you God, for Clay Aiken and this song, on this day.
Yesterday I was crying because I won't get to see Christmas concert Clay live.
This morning I cried as I attended a funeral and said good-bye to one of the most Christlike men I've ever known in my life.
This afternoon I cried as I listened to Clay sing a song that touches my heart, and he sang it beautifully and with heartfelt emotion
So wonderful to hear Clay's FULL, RICH VOICE on a recording!!! I LOVE MOAM, but when it was recorded, somehow, the production thinned out his GORGEOUS voice!
THIS is how Clay should be recorded ... I don't mean that he should sing only Christmas songs (although that would be fine too!) but the lower key, the vibrato, the .... ROUNDEDNESS ... I'm sure there's a technical term for it.
Listening to MDYK reminds me of the way I felt the first time
I heard Clay sing at his AI2 Atlanta. audition. My brain not
comprehending that anything could sound that beautiful. I was hooked from that very first night.
Of course this song and Clay are gazillion light years beyond that.
And I have fallen in love all over again.
This was wonderful. It had me crying and taking my breath away all at the same time with it's beauty. It was so unexpected.
Wow, oh wow, wow wow!
I wouldn't call that breathy. The word that comes to mind for me is intimate, like he's singing it right to Mary.
I think he's killed me on the phrasing and tone in the way he sings the name 'Mary' and the words 'baby boy.' From Deep. Voice. Clay to his gorgeous high tenor range, all in one song. Yet, there's something a bit soulful in his rendition, something just under the surface.
Simply beautiful. Sigh. I started to melt as soon as I heard the acoustic guitar intro, and realized that the Voice would be front and center. And it is.
OMG I JUST LISTENED TO IT
O MY MY MY THAT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL
THAT SONG MOVED ME TO TEARS
CLAY YOU TRULY TOUCH OUR SOULS WITH YOUR VOICE
Ok I caved.
and so glad I did..I am so hooked can not stop sobbing
CLAY IS MOST DEFINITELY GOD'S CREATION!
OMG!!! Talk about chills!!!! I'm listening with earphones and it's just incredible. This is how Clay's beautiful voice should be showcased. This album is going to be incredible. :thud
If we didn't know it before, we know it now,
We are, without a doubt, THE LUCKIEST FANS in the world.
Thank you yet again, Clay!
I broke down to and d/l it.
Seriously, I have never heard anything so beautiful in my entire life!! I've never had chills like this, Never!!
OMG.....Excuse me I need to go listen again....
*my thoughts are racing I am so excited so if I were talking ya'll wouldn't be able to understand me* Okay so I saw the PM that said Macy127 check your e-mail and that is my best friend and I was downstairs on a computer to see if it would let me download MDYK and she was upstairs and it said Macy127 check your e-mail , so I quickly shut the computer off downstairs and ran upstairs to Macy's room and nearly tripped over my feet on the stairs, she had it ready to go when I burst in the door and then she started to play it, I was so excited that I fell on the floor and got mild rugburn on my arm!!!!SO I REALLY DID :thud !!!!! YA'LL it is the best version I have ever heard in my life, and I grew up in the church so I have heard A LOT of MDYK's and it is...words cannot describe, this song cannot be expressed with words...it can only be felt!!!!
I'm in Tears right now...this is one of the most BEAUTIFUL songs I have ever heard!!! AMAZING!!!! just AMAZING!!!!! I Love this man!!!!
Someone please help me! I've been playing this song over and over for about 45 minutes, and I can't stop!!! It's reduced me to tears :waa and given me goosebumps :faint , and I'm Jewish for Pete's sake! I absolutely adore Clay---his voice and his heart reach out to so many different people! We're blessed to have him in our lives!
Oh My God!! I actually had real honest to goodness chills run up and down my legs and arms listening to this. If this is any indication of how the Christmas Album will be I honestly don't know if I will survive. This was haunting and beautiful and totally perfect.
RCA and whoever was involved in the production.
Clay. If you had not done it before you just justified ever moment spent voting or trying to vote on American Idol. All the tears shead, all the work at Claversions, all the standing in lines and camping out. All the requesting and begging at radio stations and all the relentless effort and love your fans have given you. This one song is worth it all. Thank you seems so inadequate but Thank You Clay Aiken. Your voice is a gift we treasure.
Oct 12 04 9:26 AM
Nov 18 04 11:11 AM
Clay Aiken's Holiday CD 'Merry Christmas With Love' Released
November 16th marked the release of former American Idol runner-up Clay Aikens highly anticipated holiday cd Merry Christmas with Love. This follow up to his successful debut effort Measure of a Man is a twelve song compilation of traditional fare and spiritual music with just the right mix of winter warming tunes to liven up the dullest of Holiday parties.
This is just a small portion of the Clay holiday blitz. Aiken kicks off a twenty city Christmas show this weekend. There is The Clay Aiken Holiday Special broadcast on December 8th. Aiken will also be making the rounds of the usual daytime and primetime shows, promoting both the holiday cd and his inspiring memoir Learning to sing: Hearing the music in your life (Random House), Clay Aiken has become the Andy Williams of a new generation.
Merry Christmas with Love begins with the solemn O, Holy night, a haunting and lovely rendition that Aiken uses to demonstrate the great vocal skill he possesses. A longtime Christmas show favorite/ emcee back in his home area, Aiken presents this little gift for the listener in the form of a wonderful holiday song backed by an a full orchestra.
Sleigh Ride is the lively, jazz infused second song. A nice, danceable favorite that could be played long after Christmas passes. Put down the eggnog, grab your sweetie, and hit the dance floor! (although, Aiken may need to release the Sleigh Ride Dance Mix As it could use another 2 minutes coming in at a bit under three minutes in length.)
Aiken returns to the spiritual side with Silent Night, backed by the beautiful voices of Michael McElroy and members of the Broadway Inspirational Voices. (Yes Simon CowellClay IS Broadwaywhen he looks for powerful vocal accompaniment!). Nothing new here, but his version is top notch, and the listener can really appreciate the production value on this cd, something that was a bit lamented by fans on Measure of a Man.
A traditional Holiday medley of Hark the herald angels sing / O come all ye faithful continues the traditional aspect of Merry Christmas with Love, and while Im partial to the Peanuts gangs version, this is a nice medley and it sounds like Aiken really enjoys singing to the heavens on this track.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is a song that has been done by everyone..everywhere..on every holiday album. However, the fact that Aiken chose such a wonderful style as holiday songs with a jazz tinged backing makes this yet another of the danceable tunes on this cd.
Aiken sings praises of his deep religious conviction and the true meaning of Christmas with Mary Did You Know, a song without fancy orchestration and mostly Clay singing from deep inside himself. A haunting but lovely song that one doesnt find on many standard Holiday cds, but true to the style much of Aikens early work.
Joy to the World livens up Merry Christmas with Love by featuring Aiken and the return of The Broadway Inspirational Voices. Certain to please the Gospel music fan out there, and another traditional holiday nugget.
The Christmas Song(Chestnuts roasting on an open fire) is anotherold chestnut given the Aiken treatment. Once again, this song is all over the holiday music lists, but fans of Clay will love his version. I still prefer the Nat King Cole version, but some things are better with age.
A personal favorite and one featured on Foxs American Idol Holiday special last year is Don't Save It All for Christmas Day, a song made popular and written by Celine Dion, but Clay really gives it his all on this one. A song about having the good holiday spirit, and continuing those feelings throughout the year. His vocal prowess is highlighted by wondrous glory notes and powerful vocal dynamics. Goosebumps. That is all.
The title track Merry Christmas with Loveis sweet story of someone who may be alone during the holidays, either physically or spiritually. The lyrics as sung by Aiken send his special holiday message to those who may really need it during a sometimes depressing time of the year. Very nice song, and uplifting.
Merry Christmas with Love ends with two seasonal songs that can complete the holiday season.
Winter Wonderland takes the listener to snowy meadows with Clay. The finale What Are You Doing New Years Eve?sets the fervent Clay lovers hearts aflutter as they hear him look for his New Years date. The sound you hear is swooning from coast to coast and beyond. A wonderful conclusion to this Holiday cd .
With the release of Clay Aikens Merry Christmas With Love, he establishes himself solidly as more than just a Claymate object of fanaticism or an American Idol wannabe. He proves that his style is ever evolving, maturing as he also matures. The style of music Aiken provides on this holiday cd may be a preview of what genre of music he is most comfortable with, and best suits what he feels his audience craves as well.
Ray Courtright, Jr
Dec 1 04 8:20 PM
Top 40 / Pop
Some sweet holiday music
There are two Clay Aikens on Merry Christmas With Love . There is the talented tenor, who sings a very pleasant Christmas album, rendering light-hearted and sentimental holiday favorites in fine voice. This is the Clay we hear for most of the CD -- a singer who succeeds in performing music many fans will take great pleasure in listening to as the snow falls.
The other Clay Aiken on this disc is an artist with a deeper potential. He's the singer we hear on two of the disc's tunes, "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" Notice the different tone he brings to his voice on "Don't Save It" -- impassioned, intense, intimate. It's this singer who has the ability to reveal a depth of feeling that has moved millions of fans.
These two songs are, on the surface, holiday songs, but really they're songs about life. To my ears, Clay's most successful moment as an artist comes on "Don't Save It," when he sings the following lyric: "How many people are crying? / some people are dying / how many people are asking for love? / don't save it all for Christmas Day / find a way to give a little love every day." There's enormous empathy in his voice, a largeness of spirit, and it's genuine. That's the emotional gift he has that supports his strong voice. It's his real gift.
The other song that's not really a holiday song, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is something of a step back for him. It's Clay the longing loner, a mood he successfully mined for Measure of a Man. As he sings, "In case I stand one little chance / here comes the jackpot question in advance / What are you doing New Year's Eve?" He's certainly good at emoting about being hungry for romantic love -- but he himself has said he wants to put more happy songs on his next CD. And I agree. If he's going to expand himself as a singer, he needs to move away from Clay the can't-get-find love guy. That mood can be one of the colors on his palette, but there needs to be more.
But wait, this is a Christmas album. What about the Christmas music? It's some lovely stuff. On "O Holy Night" he reaches up and grabs some gorgeous notes, using his vocal power to full advantage.
He works the various moods of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" -- soaring at times, close in at other moments -- quite nicely. "Joy To The World" is properly big and energetic, and "The Christmas Song" is sweetly nostalgic. Clay rides the rhythmic bounce of "Sleigh Ride" with real snap.
The good news about the arrangements is that they're not cluttered with too many instruments. They really put him front and center. On Measure of a Man sometimes the backing music became too much -- but these Christmas arrangements are clean and traditional. Fortunately, Clay or his producers resisted the temptations to try to make Christmas music sound "contemporary," and add some kind of cheesy beat. This is good old fashioned holidays music.
Dec 9 04 1:37 PM
I don't know if this article was posted or not. I'm on a yahoo group for my extended family (large family) and one of my great aunts sent out a reminder about ACAC. One of my relatives in Tulsa responded and sent out this article.
It is from Tulsaworld.com. You have to be a member to view the article, so I guess I'll post it all here. Again, sorry if this has been posted.
Songwriter receives early Christmas present
By Natalie Mikles World Staff Writer
Clay Aiken records tune that Greg Davis wrote 21 years ago
Nov. 19 started as an average day for Greg Davis. He went to work at the Kinko's on 11th Street, and then drove to his midtown home. But the call he received that day was definitely out of the ordinary.
One of Davis's friends was at a bookstore in Nashville when he heard a familiar tune over the store's speakers. He immediately called Davis.
"He said, 'I think I just heard your song, and I think Clay Aiken was singing it,'" Davis said.
The song was "Merry Christmas with Love," a tune Davis wrote 21 years ago for Christian recording artist Sandi Patty.
Davis was surprised to learn that Aiken had recorded the song and that it was the title track for his Christmas album.
He immediately went to buy the CD for himself.
"I did have a temptation to tell the people at Wal-Mart that my song was on the CD," Davis said.
Davis has received royalties from the song for the past two decades, but as the years went on, the checks were for less and less. In his quarterly royalty statement he received this summer, "Merry Christmas with Love," earned him $2.59.
Aiken's Christmas album has sold more than 300,000 copies, and Davis expects to earn $10,000 next year through CD royalties alone.
Davis penned the song in 1983, shortly after moving to Nashville, where he began his career as a lyricist. His career got off to a quick start. Just a few months after he wrote "Merry Christmas with Love," Patty recorded it for her Christmas album.
"I'm sure I called everyone I knew. I was so excited. But, this time feels like the first time. I was just as excited this time," Davis said.
Davis said Aiken chose "Merry Christmas with Love," because, as a child growing up in North Carolina, he had heard Patty's album that featured the song.
"This was just luck. Not to sell myself short -- we worked hard at crafting those lyrics. And (Aiken) wouldn't have liked it if it had been a weak song. But still, to have this success after 21 years is a surprise," Davis said.
Davis has written other songs. Another that was well received was "Parents Prayer" sung by Steven Curtis Chapman. Davis still receives royalties on that song.
When he is not writing, Davis keeps his musical talent up by singing with the Council Oak Men's Chorale, something he's done since the group's formation.
Davis has not been writing much this year, but he may have received just the boost he needed with the rebirth of "Merry Christmas with Love."
"I've got something very powerful that comes out of my fingertips, and I've been thinking I want to do better at it," Davis said. "And then this Clay Aiken thing came up and it was like, 'This is what good work is about.'"
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