I have always wanted to write an original Christmas song. This year I wrote two of them. I have no sermon to deliver with them, no insights, no funny observations. Writing Christmas music humbles you.
Regardless of your religious tradition or lack thereof, I wish you peace, love and the courage to sing and dance in the middle of this thing they call…Life.
Ok, so in all the years I have worked at Chico State and attended Chico State, I never went up to the 2nd floor of Ayer’s Hall…didn’t even know it had a 2nd floor. Come on a little journey with me.
Looking out a very dirty window on the 2nd floor at the top of the stairs…
A poster on the wall…
In a display case…
On the walls in the main hallway….
I think it was time well spent, that walk was.
Brielle DePatra (check her Soundcloud and Blog out) got into the Christmas mood early this year and she started posting her beautiful Christmas songs…and her joy for Christmas became contagious even 7,000 miles (11,265 km) apart! That is the thing about joy…it is so powerful that distance does not exist.
Some of my fondest memories are about driving back home from my parents house after American Thanksgiving, with our kids in the back of the car, and beginning the Christmas season with a family sing-a-long of Christmas songs which would always end with singing in a round the song “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…” we’d always get messed up and then spontaneous laughter would break out and we’d begin again until we got it right. I turn 63 tomorrow and there no gift that could come close to the gift of this memory of love, laughter, joy and hope.
On this songwriting journey I am on, I have always had a strong desire to write a Christmas song and so I did. Writing a Christmas song is a bit difficult. It is sort of like performing Shakespeare. It has been done brilliantly by so many before you. So as you listen, know that this song comes from a place in my heart that is filled with so many wonderful memories and even more to come. Merry Christmas and May God Bless You in all ways.
I started recording and posting my original music on Soundcloud with the purpose of overcoming an extreme form of self criticism in regards to my songwriting and singing abilities. I knew way deep inside that I would not have lived my life fully, if I didn’t deal with it. So, I dealt with it. Along the way I have met some really wonderful people…Mark Mayes, Chuck Aaron, Lawrence Farr, and Brielle DePatra among others.
Along this journey, I decided to try my hand at, let’s call it flash songwriting. However, I knew I would have to post it or I would fall back into the dark hole of doubt and criticism. So I did post it.
Then comes along this wonderful gentleman who I follow closely on Soundcloud. I LOVE HIS GUITAR PLAYING, but he never sings. He ran across my flash songwrite ‘Sometimes’and asked if he could cover it. He did a wonderful job with it… and he sang it!
Don’t ask me to explain it, but to write a song and have another person care enough to record it and brave enough to sing it…well, that my friends is pretty damn awesome. Thank you so much Mr. David Hutton.