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Gift Recommendations

Posted December 20, 2011

What is your favorite gift recommendation this year? Please share your ideas as we try to tie up our shopping for another holiday season.

My recommendation to you is an absolutely gorgeous CD called Together We’ll Go by Andrea Osborne. Andrea’s debut album is in honor of her mother who is battling Alzheimer’s Disease. Andrea has one of those golden voices that grips your heart and soul. She also has the amazing ability to articulate her vision for a song and surround it with perfect support. This album which benefits Alzheimer’s North Carolina was meticulously crafted, mixed and mastered. Andrea and co-producer John Plymale of Overdub Lane in Durham truly should have a hit on their hands.

Together We’ll Go is an album you will listen to over and over again. The songs all ring of hope, healing and love beginning with Now Comes the Night with the fabulous fiddling of Nicky Sanders. I had the pleasure of singing back-up and playing the Celtic whistle on track two Hold On made famous by Emmylou Harris. Andrea sings with a sweet authenticity on There is Beauty reflecting the depth of her Quaker roots. My favorite track features Tift Merritt singing backup to Andrea’s powerful vocal on Wide River to Cross. Another great track is Over the Rainbow which Andrea used to sing for a dear friend battling cancer. Every track is a treat. I still can’t believe this is Andrea’s first album!

Andrea is a staff member in the Human Resources Department of Capitol Broadcasting Company, the parent firm of WRAL-TV.

You can purchase Andrea’s CD by visiting her web site at




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  • Celt Dec 23, 2011

    Bill, I don't know if this is exactly a gift recommendation, but last year for Christmas, my daughter made me a scrapbook called "Papa's Daydreaming Book." It was filled with clippings, postcards, etc. from places I have dreamed about going, and things I have talked about doing. It showed such sensitivity to me, and such an awareness of what was important to me that I cried upon opening it. Sometimes the gifts that require thought and consideration can be so meaningful.

  • Shelley Cooper Dec 22, 2011

    nice to see that capitol broadcasting and golo can allow for a free marketing blitz

    and this is not the first item hawked on these blogs

  • cpep111 Dec 22, 2011

    Bill, a good song for "Lay-away Angels could be to use the music from Gordon Lightfoot's song, "Everyday People"...... I don't know why, It just came into my mind as soon as you said there was a song in there! Peede

  • pulstar40 Dec 21, 2011

    Donations to your local Hospice Center. And if you play an instrument like flute or guitar, volunteer for an hour or so and play at Hospice. I still can hear the flute playing at Hospice of Wake County when I went to visit a dear friend. "Isn't that beautiful?" he asked that afternoon - and I agreed - it was so nice to listen to. He passed away the next morning.

  • Zelda Dec 21, 2011

    Donations to charities in the recipient's honor. There are so many deserving causes.

  • dharper22 Dec 20, 2011

    My handicapped daughter recommended Nook Color at Barnes and Noble. So my wife and I are giving one to each other. But first came gifts to Catawba County Christian Ministries, our food bank, and the Salvation Army. So many here in the Hickory area are in need.

  • kendeb1982 Dec 20, 2011

    My favorite gift would be for people to make donations to my favorite charity. Paw Prints Animal rescue ( They area great group & do great work. Our two yellow labs came from them.

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