The Christmas Collection

by Marina V

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The Marina V Christmas Collection features:
1. Magical Christmas (from My Star, 2011)
2. Christmas Is Going to Suck Without You (single, 2010)
3. On This Christmas Night (from Something Of My Own, 2003)

As an agnostic quarter-Jewish Soviet-raised Russian Orthodox-baptized California-residing free spirit, I somehow ended up writing three original Christmas songs in the last 10 years.
I think it's all Nick's fault because every season he immerses me in American Christmas music, the whole range of it, from the Bing Crosby standards, Charlie Brown & Elvis to The Brady Bunch and even Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
Under the influence of all of the above and combined with the fact that I really really miss my family (in Moscow & in Australia), the result is these three songs. I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, full of love, music and inspiration.

Fun note: a few years ago Nick & I had a chance to meet Ray Evans, the amazing songwriter who penned "Silver Bells", "Que Sera, Sera", "Mona Lisa", and many more. He invited us to his house where we played "On This Christmas Night" for him. The song ended and he asked to play it again. He said "This is a beautiful song. I wish you as much success with your Christmas song as I've had with mine". It was one of those moments I will always remember. And, I'd be happy with even 1/100th of the success Ray had with his Christmas song :)
P.S. Ray Evans said that the original title of "Silver Bells" was "Tinkle Bells", but his secretary kept laughing and finally explained to him what "tinkle" meant. :)

LYRICS:

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS

I wish for you a magical Christmas this year
I wish for you a magical Christmas this year

Put your worries aside
And take a sleigh ride with friends
Let your spirit take flight
Until you’re a child again…

I wish for you a magical Christmas this year
I wish for you a magical Christmas this year

Find the magic inside you
There’s nothing to hide from here
Let the joy of the season
Take over the reason now

I wish for you a magical Christmas this year
I wish for you a magical Christmas this year


CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO SUCK (WITHOUT YOU)

This Christmas there will still be reindeer
And Santa Claus is coming to town
And silver bells will still be ringing
Through the winter wonderland around
But I am all alone, so

Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home

This Christmas there will still be presents
The halls will still get decked
But Christmas Eve will be a little too silent
And way too many cookies left
Cause I am all alone

Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home
Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home

It’s not a wonderful life without you
So

Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come
This Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home
Hurry home :)


ON THIS CHRISTMAS NIGHT

White stars falling on the ground
Dancing softly to different tempos
Gentle beauty all around
A hazy shine stirs my memory

I know I've been here before
Been so long I can’t quite remember
Wrapping paper on the floor
And I felt warm in December

CHORUS
I never knew what life would bring
It took me by surprise
Just knew that you’d be here with me
And never say goodbye
Just somehow know that I
will think of you
On this Christmas night

Tell a story by the fire
Not the same as when you told it
Yeah, I know it’s been a while
Yet the past keeps unfolding

CHORUS

Anywhere you may be
I’m thinking of you
No matter how long it takes
I’ll always be wishing for you

White stars falling on the ground
Sparkling under the lonely street light
Feels like you should be around
Though you’re gone, we’re together

CHORUS
I didn't know what life would bring
It took me by surprise
I thought that you’d be here with me
And never say goodbye
Just somehow know that I will think of you
On this Christmas night
I’ll think of you on this Christmas night

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released December 8, 2013

Written, recorded & produced by Marina Verenikina & Nick Baker.
"Magical Christmas" produced by Guy Erez.

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Track Name: Magical Christmas (from My Star, 2011)
MAGICAL CHRISTMAS

I wish for you a magical Christmas this year
I wish for you a magical Christmas this year

Put your worries aside
And take a sleigh ride with friends
Let your spirit take flight
Until you’re a child again…

I wish for you a magical Christmas this year
I wish for you a magical Christmas this year

Find the magic inside you
There’s nothing to hide from here
Let the joy of the season
Take over the reason now

I wish for you a magical Christmas this year
I wish for you a magical Christmas this year
Track Name: Christmas Is Going to Suck Without You (single, 2010)
This Christmas there will still be reindeer
And Santa Claus is coming to town
And silver bells will still be ringing
Through the winter wonderland around
But I am all alone, so

Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home

This Christmas there will still be presents
The halls will still get decked
But Christmas Eve will be a little too silent
And way too many cookies left
Cause I am all alone

Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home
Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home

It’s not a wonderful life without you

Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come
This Christmas is going to suck without you
So why don’t you come home
Hurry home :)
Track Name: On This Christmas Night (from Something Of My Own, 2003)
White stars falling on the ground
Dancing softly to different tempos
Gentle beauty all around
A hazy shine stirs my memory

I know I've been here before
Been so long I can’t quite remember
Wrapping paper on the floor
And I felt warm in December

CHORUS
I never knew what life would bring
It took me by surprise
Just knew that you’d be here with me
And never say goodbye
Just somehow know that I
will think of you
On this Christmas night

Tell a story by the fire
Not the same as when you told it
Yeah, I know it’s been a while
Yet the past keeps unfolding

CHORUS

Anywhere you may be
I’m thinking of you
No matter how long it takes
I’ll always be wishing for you

White stars falling on the ground
Sparkling under the lonely street light
Feels like you should be around
Though you’re gone, we’re together

CHORUS
I didn't know what life would bring
It took me by surprise
I thought that you’d be here with me
And never say goodbye
Just somehow know that I will think of you
On this Christmas night
I’ll think of you on this Christmas night