The Holly and the Ivy

In previous years, Splendour Hyaline (the band consisting of my brother and myself) has enjoyed recording some music for the Christmas holidays. Now that we are past Thanksgiving, David and I decided to produce a few songs to add to the collection. The album is called The Holly and the Ivy, and has just two tracks (can you guess what one of them is?) which are available for download below. I’m also including for download all our previous Christmas songs, from the albums we recorded in 2006 and 2007: Christmas and Holy Night, respectively. Enjoy this Christmas gift from us, and please feel free to share these songs with your friends and family! (Also, be sure to check out Splendour Hyaline’s new profile).

To download, right-click the links and choose “Save Target As” (or your browser’s equivalent).

The Holly and the Ivy (2008)

  1. The Holly and the Ivy
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Holy Night (2006)

  1. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  3. O Holy Night

Christmas (2005)

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Songs arranged and performed by Jonathan and David Lipps
Produced, recorded and engineered by David Lipps at Spareroom Studios
Cover art by Chris Nyffeler (except “Holy Night” by Jonathan Lipps)

By Jonathan Lipps

Jonathan worked as a programmer in tech startups for several decades, but is also passionate about all kinds of creative pursuits and academic discussion. Jonathan has master’s degrees in philosophy and linguistics, from Stanford and Oxford respectively, and is working on another in theology. An American-Canadian, he lives in Vancouver, BC and has way too many hobbies.

2 replies on “The Holly and the Ivy”

Awesome! I love how you do all the verses. It makes the old songs we know so well feel fresher…not to mention really cool/fresh music of course.

One complaint: why only two songs? I want more! What about Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree?? Silent Night? Ooh, you could even do one verse in German :-D. But really, we want more!

Wow! I think I’ve listened to those two new tracks 50 times in the last couple of days. I second Rachel’s thoughts on you guys actually doing the whole song!! It makes the songs very fresh!

Thank you both for the great Christmas gift!!!

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