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Oh, What a Year (For Christmas)

by Fife & Drom

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A holiday song reflecting both the melancholia and optimism of this challenging and unforgettable year. It shares the struggle of being away from loved ones, yet encourages forging ahead with a sense of hope.


Christmas is here
Thoughts of cheer
Seem to have lost their way

Oh what a year
Those so dear
So many miles away
Many miles away
Fa la la la la

Bring us ease
Through memories
Some thoughts to pass the time

Some inner peace
Some sweet release
That soon there will be light
Yes, soon there will be light

So have no fear
Far or near
We hold them in our heart

A recipe
A sparkling tree
We’re never far apart
We’re never far,
With Christmas in our hearts


released December 22, 2020
Music by Mark Marshall & Abby Ahmad
Lyrics by Abby Ahmad

Abby Ahmad - lead vocals
Mark Marshall - piano, mellotron
Adam Minkoff - upright bass

arranged by Mark Marshall
engineered by Mark Marshall
additional engineering by Abby Ahmad & Adam Minkoff
mixed & mastered by Mark Marshall


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Fife & Drom New York, New York

Fife & Drom is the collaborative endeavor of NYC-based musicians Abby Ahmad and Mark Marshall. Original songs inspired by the works of blues pioneers Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Son House and beyond.

Their music aims to revisit the cultural impact of these revolutionary sounds with a statement that is visceral and true to form.

Something old, new, borrowed...something Blues.
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