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The Best Gift Ever is a luscious, cross-genre, seasonal, treat that merges break-up song with Christmas ballad.

Spike and Dianimal are joined this time by harpist Cassie Watson and drummer Rob Montgomery, with Dianimal doubling on handbells, together creating a nostalgic sleigh-ride through a relationship that's lost its sparkle. But unlike most break-up songs, this one is neither mean nor angry, but rather advises letting the wrong one go in peace, so that they can experience real love. Love: the best gift ever.

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I thought our love

Was all wrapped up

Tied with a bow

Sealed in a box

But when I dared

To really look inside

There was nothing there

Just empty and bare


All the shiny paper

In the world

Couldn’t cover up

The truth about our love


That you were being warmed

By other fires

That I was sitting ‘neath

A different tree

The game of let’s pretend

Didn’t end with Santa Claus


So this Christmas

Let’s just set each other free

That’s the best gift

You could ever give to me
You have been so good

And so have I

At decorating

And dressing up

At hanging pretty tinsel on a lie

But this Christmas Eve

Let’s skip the make believe



They say each snowy crystal is unique

No two alike

One of a kind



So when you find the one

You’re meant to catch

It’s clearer than the brightest

Winter sky

It’s only right you know

To let the wrong one go


So this Christmas

Let’s let go of you and I

That’s the best gift

No need to even cry

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from The Song is The Thing (work in progress) New Orleans, 2020, track released December 21, 2020
Cassie Watson - harp
Rob Montgomery - drums and jingle bells
Spike Perkins - upright bass
Diana Rosalind - vocals and handbells

Recorded by ABL Media, New Orleans
Written by Diana Rosalind
Arranged by Spike Perkins and Diana Rosalind
Original harp part by Cassie Watson

Graphic Desigh by Diana Rosalind
Photograph by Cassie Watson

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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