I’m speechless. Really. Honestly. Truly.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Now [“I Wonder As I Wander”] is where things, for me, got real interesting and “Jazzy Christmas To You II” took a hard turn towards true greatness and Jillaine, from my limited perspective of her work, blossomed into the fully realized Jazz singer she’s destined to be.
“I Wonder As I Wander” is not just one of my favorite Christmas songs, it’s a song that separates the posers from the artists. It’s a song which is as much about what’s not there as what is, about what you add to it, about the spaces between the notes as much as about the notes. It’s a song that’s much more about the passion you put into it than about the notes on the page…Jillaine sings “I Wonder As I Wander” as though she were born to it. I do believe, and it’s a risky thing to say this sort of thing, Jillaine’s version of “I Wonder As I Wander” is the single finest version I have ever heard…Jillaine’s voice flows freely and easily through the song, unrestrained by the music, undaunted by the obstacles. She’s not playing by their rules anymore. Jillaine becomes the song. Oh, God, I wish there was some proper metaphor to describe the bliss her vocal performance creates. What do you do when you work with words and the words fail you? All I can say is that her performance of “I Wonder As I Wander” is the very definition of the very finest Jazz. And, hey, guess what, you lucky, lucky people? This is the song Jillaine chose to make a free download.”
With gratitude and humility, I thank Stubby’s House of Christmas for his magnanimous and gracious Christmas gift that totally took me by surprise this morning when I read it. I am still speechless.
*Note: The free download is now available through my website.