Various Artists

Winter Moon

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Following closely on the heels of Streeter's landmark premier release, A Love Worth Fighting For, is a new seasonal compilation, Winter Moon.

Uniting America's most influential gay and lesbian singers and songwriters and promising new discoveries, the album presents an array of songs evocative of winter: those celebrating the season through timeless themes of love and relationships, as well as those exploring the reflective thoughts of life and loss at the closing of one year and the beginning of a new one.

Winter Moon includes performances by such established artists as Cris Williamson, Holly Near, Lea DeLaria (who shines on "The Truth About Christmas"), Michael Callen, and the Flirtations. It showcases formidable new talent, including Howard McGillan (star of Broadway's Kiss of the Spider Woman), Phillip Officer (who recently played to kudos at New York's famed Algonquin), Arnold McCuller (one of the music industry's most sought after session and touring singers) and features the work of such accomplished writers as Marsha Malamet (one of her songs will be heard on Barbra Streisand's upcoming album), John Bucchino (Art Garfunkel and Barbara Cook are among those who have recorded his songs), and David Friedman (his songs have been recorded by Diana Ross and others, and he is the conductor/vocal arranger of the recent string of Disney hit animated films).

A genuinely lovely collection of songs that could have been better served with more variation of tempos and moods, Winter Moon is a fine second effort from Streeter Records.