Dec 232007
 

From ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS
Written by Dolly Parton

Through the years David Foster has put his golden print on many classic Christmas albums including Céliné Dion’s “These Are Special Times,” Josh Groban’s recent triumph “Noel” and his own 1993 “The Christmas Album.” His first Christmas hit was the 1984 Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton double platinum release “Once Upon A Christmas.” This record was the soundtrack of a successful TV special that featured the two superstars performing many Christmas classics plus a few new holiday-themed tunes mostly written by Parton. Foster produced the album with his usual skill, giving the audience a mix of pop and country flavored arrangements that perfectly suited the two singers’ beautiful harmonies. “Once Upon A Christmas” includes both duet and solo performances with intense moments like Parton’s “White Christmas” and Rogers’ “Silent Night.” Among the duets is the single written by John Jarvis, “The Greatest Gift of All,” that made it to Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s a catchy ballad with a trademark Foster vibe. The title track is an inspirational song with a grand arrangement for orchestra and chorus. The track that most resembles Foster’s hi-tech pop of the era is Parton’s “A Christmas To Remember” with its smooth atmosphere and jazzy feel.

“Once Upon A Christmas” was eventually released on cd in 1987 by BMG but, for contractual reasons, the label didn’t include Rogers’ solo offerings of “Silent Night” and “The Christmas Song.” They replaced them with “Hard Candy Christmas,” a song that wasn’t recorded during the “Once Upon A Christmas” sessions. “Hard Candy Christmas” was written and performed by Parton for the 1982 hit movie “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”


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Lead Vocals: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Keyboards: David Foster
Drums: John Robinson
Guitars: Michael Landau & Paul Jackson jr.
Bass: Neil Stubenhaus
Percussion: Victor Feldman
Strings Arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Produced by David Foster & Kenny Rogers


Lyrics

You’ve made this a Christmas to remember
Springtime feelin’s in the middle of December
Strangers meet and they willingly surrender
Oh! What a Christmas to remember
Almost went to Aspen but something told me no
I considered Mammoth but there wasn’t enough snow
And I even thought of Gatlinburg but that seemed so far to go
So I headed up to Tahoe for a Christmas on the slopes

And I had fantasized about Christmas in this way
Curled up by a fireplace in a Tahoe ski chalet
With a fast talking lover and some slow burning wood
But even in my wildest dreams it never got this good and

You’ve made this a Christmas to remember
Springtime feelin’s in the middle of December
Change the radio and I’ll turn the lights down dimmer
Oh! What a Christmas to remember

Strangers when we met, lovers as we leave
Christmas to remember, too good to believe
Don’t know how or when, but I know we’ll meet again
We’ll come blowin’ back to somewhere like some wild restless winter’s wind

And you’ve made this a Christmas to remember
Springtime feelin’s in the middle of December
Neath the mistletoe you kissed me warm and tender
Oh! What a Christmas to remember

We loved and laughed and played and joked
Sang Christmas songs and talked to folks
Sleighed the fields and skied the slopes
Then to the lodge for dinner
But now it’s time for us to go
As our hearts melt like chimney snow
There’s just one thing I want to know
Can we do this next winter
Oh! What a Christmas to remember

You’ve made this a Christmas to remember
Springtime feelin’s in the middle of December
Though the fire is hot, we’ll just have to let it simmer
Oh! What a Christmas to remember

You’ve made this a Christmas to remember
Springtime feelin’s in the middle of December
Though it’s cold outside we’ll just stroke the burning embers
Oh! What a Christmas to remember