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"Surviving Christmas" (feat. Sondre Lerche)

by Jherek Bischoff

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“Surviving Christmas” is a simple song with a big message. Co-written by Norwegian singer Sondre Lerche and American composer/arranger Jherek Bischoff, it is warm, orchestral pop tune with vocals projected like that of a 1950s crooner and classic, broad screen instrumentation as bold as that of a 1960s girl group. While bereft of irony or cynicism, it is not without a message. The lyrics urge acceptance in an era when humanitarian & refugee crisis seem endemic all over the globe. As Sondre sings: “I’m sure you wouldn’t disagree / That Christmas only truly begins / When we invite the snowman in”

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Let’s build a man from all the snow
That fell to earth not long ago

We’ll dress him up, give him a nose
Some stones for eyes that he can’t close

The snow is melting in the sun
But he will freeze when day is done

He can’t come in, he’ll have to stay
Out in the cold, out on display

Surviving Christmas is no abnormal feat
To any snowman frozen on the street

But an avalanche of vile debris
Will bring a snowman to his knees

He has a wife, they have two boys
They had a life that fate destroyed

He’ll cross an ocean in desperate the hope
That compassion awaits at the end of his rope

We pride ourselves with empathy
And wear it like an accessory

Yet the plight of others don’t fit in here
At least not now, this time of year

Surviving Christmas is no abnormal feat
To any snowman frozen on the street

But an avalanche of vile debris
Will bring a snowman to his knees

Our homes lit up by Christmas lights
and folks who share the human right

To safety, love and decency
Especially on Christmas Eve

The snowman right outside your door
Is no exception though we tend to ignore

The frosted souls with no hats, no decor
Melted down or washed ashore

They didn’t want to leave their home
They simply had nowhere else to go

This tired lesson is nothing new
So what good can these few couplets do?

If you’re still singing along with me
I’m sure you wouldn’t disagree

That Christmas only truly begins
When we invite the snowman in

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released November 21, 2018
Vocal - Sondre Lerche
Violins 1 & 2 - Serena McKinney
Violas - Marta Sofia Honer
Cello - Aniela Marie Perry
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Horn - Jherek Bischoff

Arrangement by Jherek Bischoff
Song by Jherek Bischoff & Sondre Lerche
Words by Sondre Lerche

Recorded and Produced by Jherek Bischoff
Vocal recorded by David Groener Jr
Mixed by David Groener Jr

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Jherek Bischoff Los Angeles, California

Bischoff is a composer, arranger, producer and multi- instrumentalist. He has collaborated with the likes of Kronos Quartet, David Byrne, Neil Gaiman and Robert Wilson. Bischoff is currently developing two theater productions, working on a collaborative release with Kronos Quartet and making music funded by over 350 patrons on Patreon. ... more

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