Midwinter Moon

by Julianne Marx and Craig Olson

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Midwinter Moon began as an idea about creating and sharing beautiful holiday music for folks of all persuasions, without restricting it to a specific religious tradition. There is definitely more than one "reason for the season."

Julianne Marx and Craig Olson started making music together over 10 years ago, beginning by performing at private Yule / Lucia Party shows and continuing with full-on festival band Cedar Moon, which toured extensively in the Pacific Northwest doing numerous festivals including the Seattle Hemp Fest, Northwest Herbal Fair, Vashon Island Faire and Seattle Peace Concerts.

Joining them on this "festivus-for-the-rest-of-us" recording is Tom Gire, the most fabulous piano player you've never heard of. But perhaps you've heard Tom's other work as music producer and sound-scape artist for such films as Shrek, The Karate Kid, Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince, among many others.

Joining Juels, Craig & Tom on most of the tunes is drummer Walker Evans, who also plays with country rocker Marion Weston and has been a session player on numerous albums. This guy can play! Catherine Hauke of the popular Celtic rock band "Coyote Run" plays truly amazing drums on "A Winter's Night." coyoterun.com

Rounding out the album is percussionist Joe Marx, who lays down some tribal beats on two of the albums 13 tracks. Last, not least, on the list of stellar performers on this project is vocalist Andrea Ramirez, who adds her vocal magic to two songs.


released November 2, 2010

Julianne Marx: vocals, backing vocals, percussion
Craig Olson: vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, programming
Walker Evans: drums
Tom Gire: piano
Andrea Ramirez: vocals
Joe Marx: percussion
Catherine Hauke: drums on "A Winter's Night"
Bob Paltrow: photography and graphic design
Mark Guenther: audio mastering

All songs used by permission.

They're at craigolsonband.bandcamp.com. He's also working on an electro-dance project called Average Mammal at averagemammal.bandcamp.com so the days are busy as ever!




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Track Name: Lady Greensleeves

Midwinter moon is shinning bright
The yuletide log is burning
Good people gather round tonight
The Sabbat Wheel is turning

Joy Mirth the sun’s rebirth
Now as of old we greet thee
Gladdening the songs we sing
Of praises to the lady.

‘Twas at the feast of bright Beltane
When we were all a~Maying
Sweet minstrel queen in her gown of green
Spring roundelay was playing

And though now robed in snow
Her wintry garb deceives
Bedecked with holly and mistletoe
She is our lady Greensleeves.

So drink ye wassail everyone
Good pagans all make merry
With wine as red as the newborn sun
And red as the holly berry.

Dance, sing, come join the ring
As her yuletide spell she weaves
Fair queen of the evergreen
Sweet lovely lady Greensleeves!
Track Name: Christmas Waltz
The Christmas Waltz lyrics

Frosted window panes
Candles gleaming inside
Painted candy canes on the tree
Santa’s on his way
and he’s filled his sleigh
with things tings for you and for me

It’s that time of year
When the world falls in love
Every song you hear seems to say
Merry Christmas!
May your new years dreams come true

And this song of mine
In three quarter time
Wishes you and yours
The same thing too.
Track Name: Solstice Night

We gather on this sacred eve
the Yuletide log is burning.
Tribe and family join as one
the Wheel of life is turning.

We celebrate the sun's rebirth
from darkness it is growing.
Bringing warmth to frozen lands
and set our hearts to glowing.

Sing, Ye, of the mystery
buried in the ground.
On the longest night of all the year
'tis there our hope is found.

As winter holds us in her arms
the frozen wren is flying.
Oaken traveler comes again,
the Holly King is dying. (Chorus)

As we depart our separate ways,
through fields afar go roaming.
Remembering on Solstice Night
as day returns from gloaming. (Chorus)
Track Name: What Do Bad Girls Get?

Well…. The holidays are comin’
And it’s got me so upset.
See I’ve got a burnin’ question
And nobody’s answered yet
Good girls get toys for Christmas but,
Santa, what do bad girls get?

Do you cross me off your list
For flirtin’ and for teasin’
Yes I’ve pouted and I cried
But I had a real good reason!
Oh, I got a burnin’ question
Nobody’s answered yet---- (aw, come on!)
Good girls get toys for Christmas but,
Santa, what do bad girls get?

Well you got your calculator
I see you countin’ up those sins
But Santa please consider
How much worse I could have been!
See, I’ve got a burnin’ question
Tell me once you know I won’t forget.
Good girls get toys for Christmas but,
Santa what do bad girls get?

What do bad girls get?
Track Name: Christmas Time in the City

Well, I walked to town in the pouring rain
Paid my fare and I rode that train
to the station under the avenue
Hit the air at the stroke of noon

At the cross streets where I staked my claim
I played in tune with the winter rain
Collecting dimes and dollar bills
While the noisy traffic played the fills

And it’s Christmas time in the City
When the air is filled with cheer
And the store fronts look this pretty
Only once a year

While the vendors huddled and the taxis honked
I played for change beneath the neon clock
It was dressed up looking like a Christmas tree
Blinking down on that busy street

When the crowd thinned out and the rain had quit
And my fingers felt cold and stiff
I took their money and I closed my case
And headed back towards home again. (Chorus)


As I walked back to the subway stairs
I had 28 dollars and change for fare
there was an old bag lady with an outstretched hand
and a small Salvation Army band

Playing “Angels We Have Heard on High”
“The First Noel” “O Holy Night”
I folded up one dollar bill
And tucked it down into the till. (Chorus) (Chorus) (Interlude)

And it’s Christmas time in the City.
Track Name: Baby It's Cold Outside

I really cant stay - but baby, it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go way - but baby it’s cold outside
This evening has been - been hopin that you’d drop in
So very nice - I’ll hold your hands they’re just like ice

My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what’s the hurry?
My father will be pacing’ the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry - Beautiful don’t you worry
Well, Maybe just a ½ a drink more - put some records on while I pour.

The neighbors might think -but baby it’s bad out there
Say~ what’s in this drink? - No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell - I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell.

I ought to say no, no, no sir - mind if I move in closer?
At least I’m gonna say that I tried - What’s the sense in hurting my pride.

I really can’t stay - Oh baby don’t hold out!
Aw, but it’s Cold…. Outside
Track Name: I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing
but i will weather the storm
what do I care how much it may storm
I've got my love to keep me warm

I cant remember a worse December
just watch those Icicles form
what do I care if icicles form
I've got my love to keep me warm

Off with my overcoat, off with my gloves
I need no overcoat
I'm burning with love

my heart's on fire, the flames roll higher
so I will weather the storm
what do i care how much it may storm
I've got my love to keep me warm.
Track Name: To Drive the Cold Winter Away

When Christmas’s tide comes in like a bride,
With holly and Ivy clad.
Her candles aglow, her mantle of snow,
Shall make our weary hearts glad.
Your door open wide to call her inside
To brighten the gloomy day.!
Our Wassail is blessed, our carols are best
To drive the cold winter away.

This time of the year is spent in good cheer
And friends together do meet
To sit by the fire, with magic conspire
To make their holidays sweet.
The lady and lord with circle and ward
Will bid the good spirits stay!
And at our behest they’ll banish the rest
To drive the cold winter away.


So these are the days we joyfully praise
Despite the darkening year.
We trust the light that shines in the night
Dispels all sorrow and fear.
The stars in the sky that sparkle on high
Will render the long night gay!
And here’s the good dame, plum pudding aflame
To drive the cold winter away.
Track Name: Rozhanitsa

Rozhanitsa of the snows,
Rozhanitsa of the barren trees,
Rozhanitsa of the hungry birds,
Come near our fire!

When the killing blizzard blows,
When the berries on the bushes freeze.
Rozhanitsa, hear our tender words,
Come near our fire!
Stay by us 'til Spring breaks through.

(Short piano solo)

Little Mother of the deer,
Little Mother of the winter Sun,
Little Mother of the starry night,
Come near our fire!

When the fields are bleak and sere,
When the icy streams forget to run.
Rozhanitsa hold aloft your light,
Come near our fire!
Stay by us 'til spring breaks through.

(Extended piano solo & outro jam)
Track Name: New Year's Eve / Auld Lang Syne

Maybe it’s much too early in the game,
oh but I thought I’d ask you just the same.
What are you doin’ New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Eve,
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Eve.

I wonder who’s arms will hold you good & tight
When it’s exactly 12 o’clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year, New Year’s Eve.

Oh but in case I stand one little chance,
Here comes a jackpot question in advance.
What are you doin’ New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Eve,
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Eve.

Oh but in case I stand one little chance,
Here comes a jackpot question in advance.
What are you doin’ New Year’s, New Year’s Eve?

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
in days of auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness here,
For auld lang syne.

New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Eve,
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Eve.

Whatcha doin’ baby? whatcha doin’ darling?
on New Year’s Eve?
Come with me baby, come with me baby, yeah
What you got to lose now, baby?
On New Year’s Eve, on New Year’s Eve.
Track Name: In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Darkness cannot hold you, nor your sorrows keep,
All the earth awakens from this winter’s sleep.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place shall be,
Filled with home and harvest, blessed family.

Lovers, friends and dreamers, we are gathered here,
Candles on this darkest night of the year.
Still our Mother only, in her earthly bliss,
Holds her dear beloved, softly with a kiss.

What then shall I give her, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
and if I were a wise one, I would do my part,
yet what I can I’ll give her, I will give my heart.