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Bethlehem Skyline


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Bethlehem Skyline
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Reviewed by Adrian B. Martinez

"To experience a fresh blend of classic carols and original compositions, follow the star to Bethlehem Skyline."

Let me just get this out of the way. My name is Adrian, and I am obsessed with Christmas music. I have in my possession a plethora of Christmas music from almost anyone who decides to record an album. From the must have staples like Bing Crosby singing the Christmas Song to the obscure Tiny Tim’s Christmas album. Don’t even get me started on the Christmas music found on movie soundtracks. A new addition to this ever growing collection is Centricity Record’s Christmas collection entitled Bethlehem Skyline.

In Bethlehem Skyline you are introduced to some familiar artists like Downhere, as well as those whose names will be more familiar to someone into the Indie music scene like Circleside, Daniel Kirkley, Jaime Jamgochian, and Jason Gray. The songs are a mixture of well-loved holiday favorites alongside new tunes sure to take their place among the season’s treasures. Featuring some of Christian music’s most exciting young talents, the song selections on Bethlehem Skyline celebrate the timeless message of our Savior’s birth, and the joy of the holiday season with cutting edge musicality.

Following in the same vein as the successful Happy Christmas compilation set, this album offers some really solid alternative Christian Christmas music. Beginning with Downhere’s majestic “How Many Kings” and “Glory to God” to the sensitive worship of Jamie Jamgochian on “Come Thou, Long Expected Jesus” we as the listener are invited to experience a fresh blend of classic carols and original compositions celebrating the birth of Christ. Some notable standouts are Jamie Jamgochian’s beautifully gentle version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and the folk-rock version of “Mary Did You Know” by Jason Gray, to the roots rock of Circleside on “Jesus is Born” and “Joy to the World.” Finally Daniel Kirkley’s vocal prowess on “What Child is This?” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” concludes this exciting, eclectic holiday offering.

A skyline can be defined as a kind of fingerprint of a city, as no two skylines are alike. To experience a fresh blend of classic carols and original compositions, follow the star to Bethlehem Skyline.

Adrian B. Martinez: "Music and Movies, Movies and Music, always the twain shall meet" is Adrian B. Martinez's motto; a displaced New Yorker living in Connecticut. A complete Movie nut, Adrian was responsible for writing movie synopsis' for Loews Movie Theater's for over 5 years. At any given time that would be a synopsis for over 25 movies in one week. Whew! Nowadays, she is a regular in the Press area for the Creation Festival and Purple Door Festival. To keep her in the lifestyle she has become accustomed, she does web-design for DelMonico Hatter in New Haven, Ct. and serves as a Supervisor for the Hartford Civic Center, also in Ct. An avid traveler, Adrian has been to Europe numerous times and can be seen criss-crossing the United States in her re-furbished 1974 Orange Volkswagen Vanagon which has allowed her to participate in her favorite past-time, meeting new people….When she does take the time to stop, she spends her time with a very handsome man that goes by the name of Zorro. He can be seen sleeping on the couch, bed, bathing in the sunlight on a window ledge or anywhere else that he deems comfortable. Zorro of course, is her cat.