December Actually

by Celia Chavez

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Two songs loosely inspired by the films "Love Actually", "Bridget Jones' Diary" -- two films that challenge the story-watcher to maintain or even renew their hope that love is all around us; that love finds its own weird path to us if we allow it to reveal itself.

In the spirit of the holidays, and as December is my birthday month, and also because most of us have been affected by numerous events in recent months that would seem to challenge faith in human kindness and decency, I offer these two songs to you as my gift of sweetness and hope in these challenging times.

All I ask in return -- as my birthday and holiday wish -- is for you to pledge to give some kind of gift of hope to at least one other soul in need this holiday season -- whether it's someone as distant as a refugee of war, or someone in your community who is alone and in need of comfort or companionship. I'll leave the nature of that gift up to you -- let your kindness guide you.

And feel free to share the sentiment if you are so moved.

Holiday blessings to you and your dear ones!

Love, Celia

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released December 1, 2015

Jeff Babko - keyboards
Mark Goldenberg - guitars
Mike Guggino - mandolin
Brett Simons - bass
Blair Sinta - drums

John Paterno - engineering / mixing / mastering

Produced by Jeff Babko

Cover art by Natchie
www.natchieart.com

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Celia Chavez California

The tiny but mighty Celia Chavez has spent the past several years traveling the world as a 20-Feet-From-Stardom style backup singer to stars such as P!nk, Melody Gardot and Julia Fordham. She is currently a featured vocalist and duet partner in the touring band for Enrique Iglesias.
As a solo artist, Celia makes records in the tradition of 1970's Laurel Canyon; real musicians making real music.
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Track Name: Richard Curtis
RICHARD CURTIS
words and music by Celia Chavez
(c) 2015 Pequeña Maquina Music (ASCAP)

Oh, sweet beginnings
Happy endings and a soundtrack symphony
Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis
what have you done to me

Here comes our hero
Fascinated by the leading lady
Richard Curtis, is this actually
how love's supposed to be

Because somehow i've been getting my lines all wrong
Making entrances through all the wrong doors
I get your sense of romance
And the pacing's strong
But i don't know if i believe you anymore

One magic first kiss
Under falling snow on Christmas Day
But Mr. Curtis, won't you tell me
Why didn't he stay

<instrumental solo>

Oh the prince is always charming when the lights go down
But halfway through we stumble through our parts
There's always something missing in the dialogue
Even when we play it straight from the heart
Even when we play it straight from the heart

I know it's not hopeless
And I know you're telling me to have faith
It's a movie
It's a story
And stories can change

And so, Mr. Curtis
I'll give you one more chance to be redeemed
Mr. Curtis, Richard Curtis
go on make me believe
Give you one more chance now
go on make me believe
Track Name: December Sun
DECEMBER SUN
lyric by Celia Chavez / music by Celia and Jeff Babko
(c)2015 Pequeña Maquina Music (ASCAP)

I was not waiting for a warm December
I was bracing for the chill
Dreaming sugarplums and snowstorms
and fallen icicles

But the planet planned it different
Gave the season to the stars
Those conspiring constellations
spun me right into your arms

Where has winter gone
You brought me sun on christmas eve
Miracles do come
like December sun
Such a sweet gift to receive

Bring on the wind
Bring on the snow
Bring on the chill
Baby I know
It’s only warm Decembers for me now

Restless souls all seeking shelter
And promises of peace
Oh my old idea of winter
Was a cold and lonely freeze

You could have love be your savior
If you let your story twist
'Cause I know i can't remember
a December quite like this


Where has winter gone
You brought me sun on christmas eve
Miracles do come
Like December sun
Such a sweet gift to receive

Bring on the wind
Bring on the snow
Bring on the chill
Baby I know
It’s only warm Decembers for me now