Donna Ulisse talks about new Christmas album All The Way To Bethlehem

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Singer/Songwriter Donna Ulisse talks about her 2012 Christmas release All The Way To Bethlehem. With movie-like drama and clarity, Donna Ulisse re-tells the story of Christ's conception and birth in her powerful new album, All The Way To Bethlehem. But this is not a conventional Christmas CD. Rather, it occupies the same artistic territory as such Bible-based narratives as Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Inspired by a myth about the origin of the inn near which Christ was born, Ulisse put herself in the place of the harried innkeeper who had to turn Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary away, even as he sympathized with their plight. This yielded the album's keystone song "You Cannot Stay Here." From there, Ulisse and a corps of gifted co-writers, conjured up the words and feelings of the other figures in this timeless saga—the angel that delivers the unsettling news to Mary; the puzzled but compliant Joseph; Mary's much older cousin, Elisabeth, who also conceives miraculously; even the Star of Bethlehem, beaming with pride and self-importance as it heralds this earth-changing event. But above all, there is Mary, the radiant new mother, who whispers to her baby before surrendering him to his divine destiny, "Let the world wait for a little while."

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