Sandra's Country Music Presents
CD/MUSIC REVIEW OF
"Looking for Christmas"
by Sandra L. Toney
"Looking For Christmas," Clint Black's 1995 Christmas
album, is one of those releases that you only need to listen to
once to KNOW that it's fabulous, creative, and unique. Black's
first attempt at a Holiday CD is a triumphant one. When anyone
buys a Christmas album from an artist, you expect to hear the
old stand-bys sang in a different tone or speed. What you don't
expect is brand new, ORIGINAL songs for the Holidays. That is
what Clint Black is offering on "Looking for Christmas."
In fact, Black let his songwriting talents take over and either
wrote or co-wrote every selection on the album. And, believe it
or not, there isn't one even slightly corny or silly song in the
bunch. Even though the seventh song, "Til' Santa's Gone (Milk
and Cookies)," comes close, I ended up seeing how the upbeat
song adds some youthful fun to the entirety of the total album.
The song, co-written by Black, Hayden Nicholas, and Shake Russell,
tells why Santa keeps coming back to one boy's house, "Now
I know what he likes for a late night snack/For years now it's
been bringing him back/Milk and Cookies . . ."
Other fun, upbeat selections on the release include "Slow
as Christmas," which humorously explains how looong it takes
for Christmas to get here and how QUICKLY it seems to fly by.
"The Coolest Pair" and "Christmas for Every Boy
and Girl" are also sure to be family favorites.
The title song, "Looking for Christmas," written solely
by Black, is a beautifully inspired holiday song which could easily
become a Christmas classic. As he's looking for Christmas, he's
actually looking for the "meaning" of Christmas as the
chorus says so well, "And I close my eyes and I'm kneeling
there in the stall/And could I be the wise man, sharing his wisdom/Creating
a kingdom for all." A perfect religious tribute to the Lord.
On the opening single, "The Finest Gift," one can't
help but wonder if Black's beloved wife, Lisa, wasn't the inspiration
behind this song as he profoundly croons, "It's in everything
you'll see scattered underneath our tree/You can hear it in the
carols that we sing/It's the heart of love's design and it appreciates
with time/And she'll always be the finest gift she brings."
What a heartfelt message . . .
My favorite song on the album is actually a three-way tie. Besides
the already-mentioned title hit, "Looking for Christmas"
(which Black reprises as the final selection as well), two others
deserve high praise. "Under the Mistletoe," again written
solely by Black, finds a man wondering if the way he feels about
his certain someone at Christmas is only because of the mistletoe.
As he wonders in the chorus, "Gotta know I'm afraid to go/Don't
want out if we're in the throws/Flames die out in the afterglow/And
I've got to know is it only the mistletoe/Don't think so, I've
gotta know." The song is a good one because we all feel a
little lighter in our step at this magical time of year.
"The Kid," co-written by Black, Nicholas, and the legendary
Merle Haggard, is perhaps the one song that makes you THINK the
most about Christmas as Clint remembers what it was like to be
a kid, "I'm not a kid anymore, but I still believe that those
miracles occur/That's not something up his sleeve/And that the
reindeer pull the sleigh and the elves still make the toys/Santa
gives away to all the girls and boys." I guess we ALL have
to believe in something. Why NOT believe in reindeer and elves?
If it's good enough for country superstar, Clint Black, it's good
enough for me . . . Maybe Santa will bring YOU a copy of Clint
Black's CD, "Looking for Christmas." Be sure to put
it at the TOP of your list!
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