The wonderful vocal trio DUCHESS mixes sharp wit, sweet sentiment, and uplifting swing. Thanks to Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou for this restorative holiday song, A CHRISTMAS COMPROMISE, originally performed by “the bird and the bee.” You can’t see him, but the invaluable Michael Cabe is at the piano.
It’s the one song I know of that addresses the potentially stressful situation where one partner wants all the Christmas accoutrements and the other one comes from another tradition — Doin’ the Uptown Inter-faith, as the Mills Blue Rhythm Band called it in 1933 on a disc never released.
This nifty performance comes from their set at a benefit for WBAI’s David Kenney and his long-running radio show, EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, an evening at the Metropolitan Room, December 17, 2015.
Wishing you holidays where all the necessary compromises are joyous, enacted to the sound of lovely music.
May your happiness increase!