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Raven's Lodge
"A Native Nativity"

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track listing
  • Joy To The World
  • God Rest Ye
    Merry Gentlemen
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • Oh Little Town Of
  • The First Noel
  • We Three Kings
  • Jingle Bells
  • Silent Night
  • Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  • Rudolph The Red-Nosed
  • Away In A Manger
  • Gloria
  • Amazing Grace
  • White Christmas
  • Little Drummer Girl
  • Medley:
  • Have Yourself A Merry
    Little Christmas

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    "A Native Nativity"

    It's Christmas in July ...

    And, for a fourth week in a row, we look (again) at one of the many artists from the WSVNRadio Hall of Fame. This time, it's from the Pipapelli, as they released a Christmas album under the name of Raven's Lodge. A Native Nativity looks more at the flute arrangements, than their most popular instrument and musical style, bagpipes and blues. Also included are the native drums.

    A Native Nativity is no ordinary Christmas album. The musical style of flutes and drums are quite different than you would normally hear on the standard versions of Christmas songs contained on this album. With that, this is also what makes Pipapelli so unique.

    One thing to point out, are the flute arrangements. The flutes heard on many of these songs are very peaceful. Take the opening track, "Joy To The World." Probably the most peaceful flute arrangement you will hear. Other peaceful flute arrangements throughout this album are heard on: "Do You Hear What I Hear," "Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem," "The First Noel," "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Gloria," and "White Christmas."

    Like on "Joy To The World," the flutes stand out, and even on "Jingle Bells," this is something that you have never heard before. The same can be said on the album's last track, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." With the native drums, it's also way different than you would normally hear on stand Christmas songs. Such as Raven's Lodge version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." The combination of native drums and flutes are heard on "We Three Kings," "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," and a good rendition of the two on "Little Drummer Girl."

    Some other interesting arrangements, "Away In A Manger" mixes the flute and light guitar. "Amazing Grace" displays a "haunting" intro, (a minute and a half), yet peaceful afterwards, as the flute comes in, and again, different than your standard version of this song. [Many of the songs have a flute intro, so bear in mind, that these Christmas songs just may not sound like the standards at first. Again, it's all being different and creative.

    Only one track gets a least review - The medley of "Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Deck The Halls/Oh Christmas Tree/We Wish You A Merry Little Christmas." The native drums are heard throughout; sounding odd, and a possible distraction. Again, it's different than the standard version.

    Raven's Lodge and their Christmas album A Native Nativity is a very different sounding Christmas album. The gentle and peaceful flute renditions are the true standouts. There may be a few notes from the flutes that just maybe off a bit, but the flute arrangements are not your normal sounding instrument you normally hear. Unless it's by the band Jethro Tull; they are the only band that comes to mind that uses this instrument. The native drums is the other instrument not normally heard. Give the creative minds of Pipapelli an A+ for this event. Not only using instruments not normally heard, but mixing them with standard Christmas favorites.

    A collection of Traditional Favorite Christmas Tunes played on the Native American American flute, accompanied by Rawhide Drums, Shakers, Bells, Acoustic Guitar, many percussion instruments, Bagpipes & even a Jingling One Horse Sleigh!

    Again, the grade -- A+ for creativity...

    Pipapelli continues their music with bagpipes and flutes. They've released more albums, and one live. Their creativity of bagpipes, flutes and blues music gives a whole new meaning. It's different. It's unique. It grows on you. You want to hear more. It's Pipapelli.

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