It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

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Kerry Getz has been compared to Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann and Dar Williams. With a critically-acclaimed holiday album, "It's a Wonderful Life," Kerry looks to bring her Southern California Christmas spirit on the road.

Biography

"The songwriting is strong, passionate, and poetic."
- National Public Radio

The comment you hear most often about Kerry Getz is that she has it all. With a voice that the Los Angeles Times says "hits with persuasive force or dances with nuanced delicacy," coupled with an extraordinary signature guitar style, a gift for songwriting that transcends words and music, and a warm and captivating stage presence, she is considered one of the most promising performers on the rise.

The Los Angeles Times named Kerry’s debut album, Apollo, one of the best local releases of the year, later revising that review to single out the record as one of the best of the decade. They called Kerry a "pop goddess" and an "undiscovered peer of Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow." Acoustic Guitar named little victory one of the editor’s top 3 picks. National Public Radio (NPR) has featured Kerry twice in three months; once in "Musings with Alphonse Vinh" and again on "Weekend Edition" when they featured It’s a Wonderful Life in their CD Gift Guide.

In 2004, Kerry has made her mark. Just Plain Folks Music Awards nominated It’s a Wonderful Life for Best Holiday Album and Best Original Holiday Song (“Yuletide Romeo”). Other notable accomplishments this year include performing on the radio broadcast “West Coast Live,” headlining Reno’s Earth Day Festival, and showcasing at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Stage. For the past three years, Kerry has combined her holiday shows with toy drives to help September-11’s youngest victims and local children’s homes. Finally, in addition to her headlining duties, Kerry has shared the stage with numerous artists, including Neil Finn, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Jane Siberry, Nick Lowe, and John Mayer.

With It’s a Wonderful Life, Kerry transforms a more
truthful holiday season with a careful selection of
traditional tunes, contemporary songs of the seasons, and brand new originals. It’s not just about the gifts; it’s also about tradition and family tension and the winter wistfulness that comes in December. Kerry bravely and candidly addresses the human conditions that come with the holidays in every climate – family, daydream romance,
taking just one day out of the year to believe in Santa Claus.

Lyrics

Suspended in December

Written By: Kerry Getz & Stuart Pearson

December’s paint box, gray black and white
Brushed across the days and nights
My every footstep fills with snow
Disappearing as I go

A flash of memory, a blue sky day
Reminds me things were not always this way

Sometimes the winter hangs on for years
And you don’t notice when spring just never reappears
I was suspended in December till I suddenly remembered
That I hadn’t turned the calendar
Since when I can’t recall

Time and seasons are constant change
Even planets rearrange
I want this moment. I want to know
The beauty found in the letting go

Of all the frozen buried pain
Outside the snow gives in to rain

Sometimes the winter hangs on for years
And you don’t notice when spring just never reappears
I was suspended in December till I suddenly remembered
That I hadn’t turned the calendar
Since when I can’t recall
Ah distinctly I remember I was suspended in December
And I hadn’t turned the calendar since when I can’t recall

Yuletide Romeo

Written By: Kerry Getz & Stuart Pearson

the weatherman says it looks like snow and a white christmas after all
and every song on my radio is telling me to deck the hall
took some paper and grabbed a pen for a letter long overdue
though it’s been awhile since we've been friends
i've a favor to ask of you

the christmas lights are winking at me
as though they've got secrets to tell
happy couples kissing remind me what i'm missing
when i walk home by myself

santa i hope that you can see
what's missing from my mistletoe
there's no sign of auld lang syne
or a yuletide romeo

make him funny, well read and wise
custom ordered only for me
a little naughty but oh so nice
and delivered christmas eve

the stars above are winking at me
as though they've got secrets to tell
the happy couples kissing remind me what i'm missing
when i walk home by myself

santa i hope that you can see
what's missing from my mistletoe
there's no sign of auld lang syne
or a yuletide romeo
there's no sign of auld lang syne
or a yuletide romeo

It's a Wonderful Life

Written By: Kerry Getz

There in a house I once knew
A little girl stood
In wait by the window
Silent
And watching on a starry night
One Christmas
So long ago

She never did see St. Nick
Still wishes came true
And the world was enchanted
And one day
The other days just dreamed about
Remember
When Christmas was magic

So treasure the moments
And laugh at the grown-ups
And listen for sleigh bells and reindeer and dream
And join in the singing
The jing-jangling-ing
Put all your troubles aside
Even if it’s just for one night
Say to yourself,
“Yes, it’s a wonderful life.”

Now with every Christmas returns
A ghost from the past
This Marley’s a young girl
Silent
And waiting up for Santa Claus
I join her
And watch out the window

And treasure the moments
And laugh at the grown-ups
And listen for sleigh bells and reindeer and dream
And join in the singing
The jing-jangling-ing
Put all your troubles aside
Even if it’s just for one night
Say to yourself,
“Yes, it’s a wonderful life.”

Discography

It's a Wonderful Life
single: "Suspended in December", hit AAA radio in December 2003 (played on over 100 stations), NPR featured the album in "Weekend Edition", available for streaming

Little Victory
single: "little victory", released to AAA radio in August 2003; featured on NPR's "Musings with Alphonse Vinh,"; reviewed in Acoustic Guitar as Feburary 2004 "Editor's Hit Picks".

Live at the Galaxy
Apollo

Set List

Usually 2 45-minute sets.
Set-list would be derived from "It's a Wonderful Life," including traditional, contemporary and original holiday songs. Additional requested and appropriate music to be included.

"It's a Wonderful Life"
1. Lullay Lully
2. Christmas in Suburbia
3. In the Rain
4. Suspended in December
5. The Wexford Carol
6. Christmas Time is Here
7. O Come O Come Emmanuel
8. It's a Wonderful Life
9. Maybe This Christmas
10. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
11. Yuletide Romeo