When the weather outside is frightful, what could be more delightful than a little audiovisual holiday cheer?
Nearly 60 years ago, Rosemary Clooney hit number one on the Billboard charts with the sultry ditty "Come on-a My House" written by Ross Bagdasarian and William Saroyan. With its generous series of series of invitations and offerings of sweets and a Christmas tree, the song is a natural holiday standard and is covered in the new album Welcome to Christmastown by Courtney Collins and Jeremy Ylvisaker with J.T. Bates and Michael Lewis.
"We spent many weeks this summer and fall whipping up what would best be described as a dreamy, sometimes melancholy/sometimes cheery, wintry holiday disc," explained Collins in a November announcement. "Jeremy recorded most of my earlier CDs and we've been friends for years -- last Christmas we decided to make a CD in time for this Christmas."
Their collaboration resulted in album featuring easygoing retro-pop versions of more than a dozen seasonal standards and lesser-known songs, including tunes from Christmas television specials from Dr. Seuss and Rankin/Bass, as well as covers of Neil Young, Low, Vince Guaraldi, Ron Sexsmith, and the hit by Clooney.
Collins, who is the producer of the Chad Vader series by Blame Society Productions, has teamed up with the Madison moviemaking crew to create a music video for "Come on-a My House." It's shot as part of the online video studio's "Celebrity Bric-a-Brac Theatre" series, which features stop-motion stage plays by holiday knick-knacks that speak with strangely familiar voices.
The music video follows.
More songs from Welcome to Christmastown can be listened to on Collins' MySpace page.