Merry Christmas to all! I was derailed pretty badly this month and wasn’t sure I’d get this one done in time for Christmas! Well - here it is! And it’s only after 3am on Christmas morning! But - the problem with Christmas covers is if you’re late getting it done, you have to wait a whole year for the song to be in season!
Deadlines at my day job, extra curricular/holiday related events, and the fam getting sick right before Christmas definitely contributed to that! I had already recorded footage and most of the music before this week, but was not able to be productive at all this past weekend due to how sick we all were!
But here it is - My own version of Paul McCartney’s 1970’s classic “Wonderful Christmas Time.” Such a jaunty little number isn’t it? I am so very grateful to have you all along on my musical journey this year! Merry Christmas from my family to yours!
A great song in 12/8 time originally done by the genius techno band The Pet Shop Boys. Really, these guys are criminally underrated in my opinion. Check out their melodic and quirky album “Very.” Great song craftsmanship. Any of their songs on this album can be redone in almost any style, and they would still translate. Surely a testament to their ability to write great hooks, melodies, and lyrics!
I saw my version as a great excuse for a Redtop Medusa reunion! Redtop Medusa was my college band with my now wife (then girlriend) Margie, sister Tiger and friend Greg West. Look for our album on streaming services!
Hey. I covered a song by one of my favorite bands of all time, They Might Be Giants. I made it my own and added horns. In fact, there is steamy hot sax all over this sucker. This is an excellent song about a guy who falls in love with someone who is awful. It has absolutely no bearing on my lovely wife. She is not awful. Lol.
Anyway, I hope you like this one.
I entered an original song performance competition… and we won our bracket! We’re going to compete in the next round! A big reason we won is because of the awesome harmony from Margie and Liz! Thanks so much you two!
Just competing is actually a really big win for me. Getting something formal together and performing is really a big step towards trying to promote myself. I’ve always been more of an “accompany this person” or “record the instruments for that person” kind of guy. Don’t get me wrong, I like doing that too, but honestly, I just love singing and performing so much that it’s nice to prioritize my own stuff for a change. The songs include:
I’ll fly away (just the sound check)
Maybe She Will
Full Speed Ahead
Lost at Sea
I recorded this live on my phone about a year ago. Stumbled across it just recently. With the remix of Abbey Road being released soon, I figured, “what the heck? why not post it?” This is one of the greatest ballads of all time. I am no Paul McCartney - few could sing like Paul in ’69 - but I gotta say, I really like singing this one!