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- Remind all fans re. their timeless, VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS CD entitled:




THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS

RELEASED IN 2007 / AVAILABLE VIA AMAZON.com, - FROM NOW UNTIL - - FOREVER ..!
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We are thrilled to announce that THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS IS AVAILABLE ! !

Dear fans.... We'd sure appreciate your clicking on the streaming-music player below - and take about eleven minutes total to listen to some song-snippets from our C&T Christmas CD. If you like what you hear when clicking on the streaming-music links below, please let us know. -

Again, We'd love to hear from you. & we hope you enjoy your 2007 (and onward..) C&T Christmas!!!

Sincerely....Toni & Daryl
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Product Details
Audio CD

Track Listings fromC&T's...

THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS

1. Merry Christmas   
2. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 
3. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Little St. Nick (from the C&T / ABC-TV Series featuring the Tennille Sisters)
6. Here Comes Santa Claus - instrumental
7. Tahoe Snow - by Toni Tennille
8. Christmas in California - by Toni Tennille
9. Boogie Baby Christmas - by Toni Tennille
10. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Instrumental
11. The Christmas Star - by Toni Tennille
12. Silent Night
13. 'Daryl' of the Bells - instrumental
14. The SECRET OF CHRISTMAS
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CD tunes Description
A 14-SONG HOLIDAY TREAT from the CAPTAIN & TENNILLE!

THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS
Captain and Tennille

Liner Notes by Toni Tennille

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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM TONI

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! Daryl and I hope you have your most wonderful holiday season this year, and that our music will be a part of your Christmases this year and for many years to come.

Daryl and I had our first hit record, LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER, in 1975, and almost yearly since then, friends and fans have asked when we were going to record a Christmas album. Somehow we never got around to it until now, but better late than never, as the wise man said.

We had the most wonderful time making this CD......choosing the songs, writing, arranging and recording this music. Of course, it represents our particular style, and as many of you know, we like all kinds of music. I think there is a holiday song here for just about everyone...adults and children, alike. I must confess that, as we were working on the music, I was thinking a LOT about the children. I was thinking that I would love to see them smile and hear them laugh when they listen to I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS, and HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS, and several other songs we did with kids in mind.

There are also some lovely songs that adults will particularly enjoy, such as the classic HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, and other ballads. I wrote four original Christmas songs for the CD...TAHOE SNOW, CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA, THE CHRISTMAS STAR, and BOOGIE BABY CHRISTMAS, and they are quite varied in style. It’s funny....when I write, I almost have no idea what is going to "come through", but it is really fun to write it all down when it "arrives".

I think you will find Daryl’s three instrumentals quite fascinating....sometimes charming, sometimes outright funny, and sometimes, as in the case of DARYL OF THE BELLS, a real musical trip through Daryl’s mind!

What is the secret of Christmas? The song that closes this album, written by the great American songwriters, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, discloses the secret with these lines...."so may I suggest, the secret of Christmas is not the things you do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things you do all year through."
My sentiments exactly. Have a glorious holiday season.


TONI TENNILLE



SONGS
THE SONGS

1. MERRY CHRISTMAS
- I came across this lovely song in a Christmas songbook. I had never heard it before, but was struck by the beautiful melody. I did a bit of research on the tune, and discovered that it was sung by Judy Garland in the 1949 film IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME.

2. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR - Andy Williams popularized this very charming, happy, holiday waltz. Daryl created the sound of a Christmas Merry-Go Round/Music Box for our version of the song.

3. I WANT A HIPPOPOTAMUS FOR CHRISTMAS - This song really is for the kids! Daryl and I have to thank our dear friend, Jennifer Dory-Pahl, for bringing this 1953 Christmas song to our attention. She looked it up on the internet for us, and I laughed out loud when I heard it. So preposterous, and so...well...hippopotamus, too. Listen for the hippo, gallumphing along in the background. In the instrumental section, you’ll hear him burp and say, "I’m hungry."

4. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS
- This was the last song we chose for the CD. We needed just one more song, and couldn’t make a decision. So I asked friends, family, and just about anyone I could find, what Christmas song they would most like to hear on this album. They chose this beautiful, classic song, sung by Judy Garland to Margaret O’Brien (who played Judy’s little sister), in the 1944 film, MEET ME IN ST LOUIS.

5. LITTLE SAINT NICK
- My sisters Jane, Louisa, Melissa and I sang this Beach Boy song, with Daryl on keyboards, on our 1976 Captain and Tennille Christmas Special. Daryl and I were able to save the original tracks from the TV show, and digitally remix and remaster them for this project. It brings back so many wonderful memories of singing with my sisters. I’m the lowest voice (think BASS!), Louisa sings alto, Jane sings second soprano, and Melissa is the highest voice. We trade off on the leads throughout the tune.

6. HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS - Daryl recorded this instrumental in the 1980s, but this is the first major release for this "Captain and the Muskrats" song. Daryl sometimes thinks of himself as the reincarnation of Spike Jones. If you don’t know who Spike was, look him up on the internet !

7. TAHOE SNOW - I wrote this song in the 1980s
, after Daryl and I moved to the east shore of Lake Tahoe. I was cross-country skiing on the local golf course on Christmas Eve, and snow started falling very softly, just like in those snow globes you shake to make the snow fly. It was enchanting! I went right home and wrote this song. Listen for those pesky muskrats, popping up again later in the song.

8. CHRISTMAS IN CALIFORNIA - When I first moved to California from my home state of Alabama, my family lived in southern California near Newport Harbor. When I saw the Christmas Parade of Boats in the harbor on Christmas Eve, I thought how lovely, but how different a California Christmas can be from the ones we see on most Christmas cards. This ballad is the result.

9. BOOGIE BABY CHRISTMAS
- I thought it would be fun to write a Christmas song that would feature Daryl’s favorite piano style...boogie. The background vocals you hear are all me, but Daryl did some weird things with my voice on the "boogie-oogie-oogies." His solo is classic Daryl boogie.

10. SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN-VARIATIONS
- This instrumental is charming, funny and almost classical in style. Listen for Daryl’s musical "jokes". Again, all the voices you hear are mine, but thoroughly "Darylized".

11. THE CHRISTMAS STAR
- Last October I began to think about how, during the holidays, many people are separated, by time or circumstance, from their loved ones, and this song is the result. I envisioned a star in the Christmas sky, that each could see from wherever they were, and by sending their love through the star, they would not feel so alone. For this recording, I asked Daryl to create musically the deep, dark Christmas night sky, with a million stars shining...one just a bit brighter than the others.

12. SILENT NIGHT - This is one of the most beloved Christmas songs and one of the most beautiful melodies ever written. I decided to sing it softly, as a mother would sing to an infant in her arms as the child drifted off to sleep. The guitar accompaniment you hear is actually my piano. Daryl used my keyboard to "trigger" the sound of a guitar, as we thought the guitar much more suited to the intimacy of this version.

13. DARYL OF THE BELLS
- This instrumental can only be described as a trip through Daryl’s mind. It is his musical take on the classic theme, Carol of the Bells. I think it is wild, weird, exhilerating, beautiful. I have no idea what it means..and I have been living with him for 34 years! Once again, all the voices you hear are mine...just changed electronically in some places to suit Daryl’s vision.

14. THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS
- For years I have been singing this lovely song at Christmas concerts and small holiday gatherings with friends, usually with just a piano accompaniment. As lyricist Sammy Cahn wrote, "... the secret of Christmas, is NOT the things you do at Christmas time, but the CHRISTMAS things you do all year through." May we all keep that wise thought in mind from this Christmas to the next.



All Tunes produced by Daryl Dragon / Toni Tennille



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