Singer-songwriter Patricia Vonne will add her name to this year’s field of new holiday music presentations Friday when she releases her new record, My Favorite Holiday. The 11-song presentation holds its own well against so many of the other records released during this time of year in part because of its songs, which will be discussed shortly. While the mostly original works featured in this record do a lot to make the presentation appealing, there is one slight problem in the lack of English translations for the Spanish-language songs. That is not enough to doom the record, though. It is just a minor inconvenience. This will be discussed more a little later. The record’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later, as it brings everything together. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the collection. All things considered, My Favorite Holiday will prove a favorite of any holiday music fan even with its one minor shortfall.
Patricia Vonne’s new forthcoming holiday music collection, My Favorite Holiday is a welcome addition to this year’s field of new records within said genre. Its appeal comes in part through its featured songs. Spanning approximately 33 minutes, the 11 songs that are featured in this record are mostly originals. Only one of those songs – ‘Carol of the Bells’ – is a cover. All of the others are originals. The songs’ lyrical themes are all holiday and Christmas related, just varied from one to the next in their general topic related to those central themes. Even more of interest here is that from one to the next, the songs’ arrangements also change so much, offering audiences plenty of variety. The album opens with a nice, swinging tune in ‘Santa’s on His Way.’ The light time keeping and guitar gives the arrangement here a fun sound and feel akin to those of ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ in so many of its covers. From there, Vonne changes things up and pulls back in the more subdued ‘Nochebuena.’ The song’s vocals are sung entirely in Spanish. The lack of translated lyrics anywhere in or on the packaging becomes an issue here and at other points, but that will be discussed a little later. As the album progresses into its third entry, ‘Alone on Christmas Day,’ audiences get a sense of works from Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks here what with the sound of Vonne’s vocals and the sound and stylistic approach taken to the instrumentation. As if all of that is not, Vonne goes full on with her Hispanic roots in ‘Las Posadas.’ The changes don’t stop here, either. ‘Christmas Without You’ conjures thoughts of something somber in its title, but instead, audiences get such a great, bluesy/jazz piece here. It’s yet more change in the arrangements that shows the noted diversity in the record’s body. The changes continue on from here to the record’s end in its second half, offering up hints of rockabilly, blues rock, and even some Shakira similarity, too. Simply put, the musical arrangements featured in this record and their companion lyrical content make for plenty of reason for audiences to take in the collection. For all that the record’s overall content does to make it engaging and entertaining, it does come with one minor shortfall. That shortfall is the lack of English translations for the Spanish language songs.
There is a handful of songs featured in this record whose lyrics are sung by Vonne entirely in Spanish. Now, given, the songs that make up the record’s body are all holiday and Christmas-themed. So even without those lyrics, audiences can still get an idea of those songs’ themes. Regardless, not having the lyrics does still detract from its presentation, if only a little bit for aesthetics. To that end, the lack of English translations for the Spanish language songs does detract from the record’s presentation, but is not enough to make the record a failure by any means. It is just something that would have been nice to have had as part of the whole. Keeping that in mind, there is one more item to examine here. That item being the record’s sequencing.
From beginning to end, the sequencing of My Favorite Holiday ensures the record’s energy remains stable from one song to the next. The album opens on a mid-tempo note and closes on an even higher-energy one. Along the way, the energy rises and falls in all of the right places from one to the next. It does this as the musical styles and sounds change from song to song, too, adding to the record’s ensured engagement and entertainment even more. This all shows that great lengths were taken to make sure the sequencing paid tribute to every one of the record’s songs and to the audiences who will hear the record. To that end, the sequencing does just as much to make this record enjoyable as its content. Together, the content and its sequencing makes it a work that will be a favorite of any holiday music fan.
Patricia Vonne’s forthcoming holiday music collection, My Favorite Holiday, is a pleasant addition to this year’s field of music in said genre. Its appeal comes in large part through its songs. The songs are, save for one, all originals. That in itself is reason enough to take in the record. The themes are familiar while the arrangements that accompany them are so diverse throughout. All of that taken into consideration, the collection’s content forms a strong foundation for the record. While the content is a clear plus for the collection, the lack of English translations for the Spanish language songs detracts from that appeal. As already noted, the songs’ themes are all familiar, being all holiday and Christmas related works. So to that end, that shortfall is not too bad. It just would have been nice to have had it as part of the presentation. In other words, it is not enough to make the record a failure by any means. The content’s sequencing rounds out its most important elements. It ensures that things stay interesting for audiences both in terms of the collection’s energy and its changing sounds and styles. It brings everything together and completes the record’s presentation. When it is considered along with the set’s content, that whole makes the record overall a positive new addition to this year’s field of holiday music releases.
My Favorite Holiday is scheduled for release Friday through Bandolera Records. More information on the record is available along with all of Patricia Vonne’s latest news at:
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