An Alpha Rev kind of Christmas

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Hi -
This is a Christmas record recorded live at Ice Cream Factory Studios in Austin, Tx. We recorded piano, vocals, drums, and bass together, and overdubbed the strings and some harmonies. There are three new songs I wrote the day before we started our sessions. I had a long drive from Houston to Austin and thought about some comments people had made on Facebook, "Why don't you write your own Christmas songs?" I thought about what elements of Christmas were strong in me.... Christ's birth, the reminder that we're forgiven and to love, memories, being loved, family, but also the reminder of how alone I've felt, how fucked up our world can be. Christmas has not always been a pleasant time for me. It use to just remind me of how alone I was, how angry I was at the people responsible for that, and how other people had whole families but I didn't anymore. In my 20's, many of my friends were alone during Christmas, and I would be lying if I said that none of us were arrested a few times during December for doing crazy shenanigans, acting out our desolation.
But now I get to remember how lucky and loved I am. I'm in a different place, and although I'll never think that Christmas is all bells. snowmen, and lollipops I have a deeper understanding of it, and it's a time I use to ponder what I've been given, and what I can give back. Not all of us feel happy at Christmas, not all of us feel sad, and not all of us will feel the same way about it our whole lives. I wanted to make a Christmas record that we could still escape into, but reflected the reality of the bittersweet tenderness, as well as the child-like happiness, and not just our "expected" response.
I encourage you, as you listen to these tracks, let the music unearth your memories.. and, happy or sad, try and be ok with them. Remember all that you've been given, and think about where you can give and to whom... The greatest thing you can ever do is to love someone unconditionally, and believe me... We need a lot more of it.

Wherever you are, may you have a Merry Christmas..

Casey McPherson
Alpha Rev

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released December 17, 2014

Recorded at Ice Cream Factory Studios
Producer - Casey McPherson & Alpha Rev
Mix & Mastering - Lars Gorranson (Sounds Outrageous)
Engineer - Matt Anderson
Piano/Acoustic & E Guitar/Lead Vocals - Casey McPherson
Drums/Bgv/Whistling - Tabber Millard-smith
Bass/Bgv/Piano (on Run Run Rudolph) - Nick Jay
Acoustic Bass/E Bass - Zeke Benenate
E Guitar - Zak Loy
E Guitar (Merry Little Christmas) - Tuk (Texas Ukelele King)

Thank you Lars, Solomon and Transistor Mgmt, Magnolia Red, Edge and SES Mgmt, Hayley and Katy for watching and recording Weston, and my wife McCall for letting me do something awesome like this that took a lot of work for both of us!!

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Alpha Rev Austin, Texas

Above all else, Alpha Rev is a journey into the depths of the human experience. Frontman Casey McPherson's gripping, emotional songwriting dares others to search out hope in the bleakest of circumstances and the unique instrumentation pays homage to the classical music that gave him his love for the art. ... more

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Track Name: Christmas in the Wilderness
CHRISTMAS IN OUR WILDERNESS

ON WHITE AND GREEN THE BLACK WILL FADE
IN COMES THE INNOCENCE OF DAY
THE LIGHT, THE SOUND, THE SNOW THE MIST
ITS CHRISTMAS IN OUR WILDERNESS

THE HARNESS AND THE LEASH IN THROWS
OUR SOLITARY GOALS DISPOSED,
WE DO AWAY WITH HERS AND HIS,
ITS CHRISTMAS IN OUR WILDERNESS

DADADA

WHERE HUMBLE ARE THE WISEST THINGS
AND PAUPERS ARE THE HIGHEST KINGS
O RISE ABOVE THIS BONE AND FLESH
ITS CHRISTMAS IN THIS WILDERNESS

DADADA

THE HARDEST MAN AS SOFT AS BREAD
THE LONLIEST WILL HOLD A HAND
AND SADNESS TAKES HER DAY OF REST
ITS CHRISTMAS IN OUR WILDERNESS

DADADA
Track Name: Picture
PICTURES OF CHRISTMAS (E)


Pin up all the lights on the houses,
Let's watch our once a year show,
Ill get out your yearbook and wonder
If you still remember the snow

Lets stay up late with the music,
And dance in an evergreen night
Let's talk about our redemption
Lost in the rambling light

all i need is, your picture of christmas
all i need is, your picture of christmas

Child, your days are before you
one day you will ask how to live
nothin but love when ur given
and nothing but love when u give

all i need is, your picture of christmas
all i need is your picture at christmas


it all lives on, you live on.
Track Name: Christmas Song
CHRISTMAS SONG


EVERYTIME THE COLD IS COMIN, IT USHERS IN THE FEELIN,
I’M GONNA HOLD YOU TIGHTER CAUSE IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR
ILL CALL UP FRIENDS AND MEET THE NEIGHBORS
ALL TO MAKE CONNECTION
CUASE EVERY OTHER DAY OF MINE, IM ONLY HALFWAY HERE

ITS FUNNY HOW WE OPEN UP, TIS THE GIVING SEASON
WE HEAR THE MELODY
TO A CHRISTMAS SONG

SHES A SPARK AND IM HER LOOKER, THE SCORE IS BACK TO ZERO
STARTED LIKE A TINY FLAME AND GROWS A COUNTRY MILE
I FEEL THE URGE TO MAKE SOME CHANGES
AND ASK FOR RESOLUTION!
TO START AGAIN, TO DO IT RIGHT, TO LIVE It FREE AND WILD

I WANNA HEAR THE SONG A SINGIN
I WANNA LOVE SOMEBODY...
I WANNA FEEL THE WORDS POUR OUT
AND SING A CHRISTMAS SONG

LONG AGO THERE WAS A BOY, BENT ON REVOLUTION
HE BELIEVED THAT EVER SCAR DESERVED TO BE HEALED
IT WAS A TIME OF LONLINESS
A NEED FO OUR DEPENDENCE,
NOW I’M LOOKIN UP TO SEE IF LOVE IS REAL

I WANNA HAVE SOME FAITH LIKE HIM
INSTEAD OF ALL THIS DOUBTING
GIVE ME A NOTE AND COUPLE OF CHORDS
TO SING A CHRISTMAS SONG
WE GOTTA KNOW WE’RE IN IT TOGETHER
AND TAKE A LITTLE COMFORT
I WANNA HEAR THE MELODY
AND SING A CHRISTMAS SONG