Music to Move You
A funky world beat hip-hop novelty rap
tune rings in holiday cheer!
Christmas Wrappin' (Christmas/Novelty/Rap)
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The "old" Caroling Company. Karen
Soroca is in the first row, far right.
For 13 years, from Dec. 1979 to the early 1990s, I was
the musical director of the Caroling Company. Although we wore turn of the
century costumes and were able to sing all the traditional carols, what set
us apart from other caroling groups was the fact that most of us in the
group had a theatrical background. We not only liked to sing but were also
great performers. We were hams! Give us an audience and we would entertain.
We also liked to do many of our own arrangements, arrangements with a jazz
or contemporary flavor.
Diane Burt, daughter of the late composer, Alfred
Burt, who wrote such American carols as "Caroling, Caroling" and "Some
Children", along with the late Joe Allaine and Karen Soroca.
In the 1980s, we performed all over Hollywood. Many
TV and film producers heard about us and hired us. We sang on GOOD
MORNING, AMERICA, THE HOME SHOW, GENERAL HOSPITAL, CAPITOL, A BEVERLY HILLS
CHRISTMAS WITH JAMES STEWART, THE BOB SHOW, SCROOGED, and THE ADDAMS FAMILY.
Karen Soroca in authentic turn of the Century skirt and
In the late 1980s, rap and hip-hop started to become
popular. I thought that it would be great fun to perform a rap Christmas
carol so I started writing CHRISTMAS WRAPPIN’. Then life happened. I
ended up falling in love and moving north to San Rafael, CA to be with my
husband and stepchildren. I also updated my computer. CHRISTMAS WRAPPIN’
got buried somewhere in the old WordPerfect files.
Then, recently, I was updating my computer and came
across my WordPerfect files. I suddenly had the urge to look at CHRISTMAS WRAPPIN’ - only I couldn’t open the file. After a quick cry for help
to my computer friend, Dave, I was able to open it. Although it needed some
rewriting, I knew that it was time for this song to be heard. Janet and I
reworked it, adding a hip hop beat and some world beat instruments to create
Janet Marie, Jim Forsell and his wife, Karen
Soroca, enjoy the awesome Sunday brunch at the Kapalua Bay Hotel in Maui,
just makes you want to move. My husband, Jim (see photo above), a
procrastinator who often waits until the last minute to wrap his Christmas
gifts, plans on playing this song every Christmas to get motivated. Just
tap, snap and wrap those presents! So, if you need some inspiration, just
listen to CHRISTMAS WRAPPIN’. Before you know it, you’ll have
painlessly completed the task at hand and had a great time doing it!
Brie Howard Darling,
Ernie Perez, Karen Soroca (who also wrote) and Ted Andreadis, the
"CHRISTMAS WRAPPERS, join co-writer Janet Marie (far right) outside
the studio in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more studio photos,