A Christmas Miracle!

by Amy & Tokyo

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Amy Dagenais asked me if I wanted to collaborate sometime on a project. Immediately, I started writing a Christmas song, and she started playing with different carols and hymns. She drove down to Toronto, and we recorded both songs in a caffeine-fueled 24 hour session.

In the early 1900's, "O Come O Come Emmanuel" was translated from its original 800 AD Latin by an Anglican Priest establishing an orphanage and helping prostitutes leave the sex trade in Africa.

Through the magic of Christmas, this album is completely free. But, if you feel obliged to pay, 100% of it will be going to Operation Christmas Child to give less fortunate kids a present this year :)


released December 18, 2015

Amy Dagenais: Singing, making coffee
Tokyo Speirs: Singing, making everything else, mixing, mastering
John Mason Neale (1851): trans. original latin of "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel"



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Track Name: The Last Tangerine
I'm not a big spender but I'm not a Scrooge,
I can't cook a turkey but I'll order food,
I don't have crackers but I'll crack a joke or two

I'm not a skilled wrapper when it comes to gifts,
and not the best driver when it comes to lifts,
But the pre-paid Visa I’m re-gifting has a card

We’re all too cold to take off our sweaters
but not so old that a bad piano cover
of a holiday tune won’t turn this into a dance

The street plow buries us at 4AM
And the kids wake up just to shovel again,
while we supervise their snowmen in the yard

My mother’s in the kitchen like a Kung Fu Spartan
keeping fingers out of gravy and the eggnog carton
your great aunt scavenged all the chocolate brandy beans

It’s not too late for my Satchmo playlist,
You stack the plates and I’ll dry the dishes
Dad didn’t show cuz that’s what “I’m leaving” means.

The glue-gun wreath you hung is leaving pinecone chippings on the ground
Climb the ladder, fix the lights we probably will never take down
Someone left the furnace on, the stockings caught on fire
My christmas wish: a tip-toe kiss, no mistletoe required
If it came to it, we'd skip the trip and save on winter tires
If it wasn’t for our dissonance, we’d make a boring choir

Hang an ornament or three,
on our tiny plastic tree,
save the last tangerine for me.
Throw our cellphones in the snow,
while we name the stars we know,
save the last clementine for me
Track Name: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
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 Dayspring, 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.