New Age icon Deuter has released his first holiday music album and—no surprise—he’s done an outstanding job. Retaining his trademark sound yet infusing plenty of extra seasonal flavor, the album contains some easily recognizable holiday carols, such as “Greensleeves,” “Coventry Carol,” and “Silent Night,” as well as some that will be new to all but the most well-versed music historians (some pieces date back to the 13th century). Don’t expect “Winter Wonderland” or “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” though. The album’s 15 tracks are mostly serene meditations with gentle melodies and uncluttered arrangements.
Celebration of Light is the perfect album to play all holiday season and even beyond through winter’s end and the first signs of spring. It’s perfect late-night listening when you’re stressed out from all the holiday hustle and bustle!
“The Festival of Light originates with the winter solstice. Ages ago people recognized that the days were getting longer and that the life-giving sleight was once again returning to their lives, they celebrated this cyclic progression of the seasons. Ultimately, this is a celebration of change.
During my childhood in Europe, some of my most vivid memories of the holiday season were that we used dangles instead of electric lights, the smell of the Christmas tree, the scent of baking, and burning sparklers. Yet, my strongest association to the holidays will always be the music. I loved the church choirs, the Christmas concerts and the memories they continue to evoke; they deeply give a wonderful feeling for this time of year.
I’ve also attempted to express feelings of winter; the silence that comes with deep snowfalls and wide country0side, whiteouts in the distance and the sun shining through the woods. All of these elements inspired and guided the creation of this, my first Christmas album.” ~C.G. Deuter
“The most refreshing versions of Christmas music since the originals.” ~Thomas Fitzsimmos, Poet