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White Christmas

My new version of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is now available on CD Baby, plus various outlets of digital distribution such as iTunes, Amazon, etc. and is streaming on Spotify.  And, it’s best for me if you buy it directly at my music store.  White Christmas is yet another tune that I got inspired to record last December when the music bug hit me hard.  I’ve always loved the version done by The Drifters after I heard a clip of it on Home Alone when Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) realized his family woke up late and rushed off to the airport on their Christmas vacation without him.  So, with just a little internet research I discovered this had been a big hit for The Drifters for many years.

As I have been studying double bass for the last few years I was intrigued to see if I could create an arrangement of White Christmas that prominently features the bass in the style of Bill Pinkney, the bass singer in The Drifters.  After getting into it for a while I needed to find something for the 1st tenor part that Clyde McPhatter sang and I settled upon the fun, humble ukulele (or ‘ukulele as the Hawaiians say….).

You may wonder why I am recording Christmas music in the summer.  So do I!  Actually, it’s like people who do crafts to sell at the holiday craft bazaars….you have to start working early in the year to have it ready in time.  Besides, by winter you will all have forgotten about this so when I reintroduce it, it will seem like new!  I will be posting my video version with a salute to our men and women in uniform in the United States Armed Forces soon.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a link to one of the cool Drifters versions of the tune with the incredible Bill Pinkney singing the wonderful bass part.  Bill served in World War II and earned a Presidential Citation with five service stars (for battles including Normandy and Bastogneunder General Patton)!

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New Artwork

Hello everyone,

I will be releasing my next recording this week….my instrumental cover of The Drifters version of White Christmas.  Here’s the cover art!  Check back tomorrow for more.

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Ringtones for Trailer Park Santa!

Well, in my spare time I made two YouTube videos of the ringtones for Trailer Park Santa.  If you want the iPhone version go here!

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Trailer Park Santa Ringtone # 2

Another day, another ringtone from Santa!  Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down ringtone lane!  Anyway, here is ringtone number 2!  This is in MP3 format.  The iPhone version is available on my music store page.

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Trailer Park Santa Ringtone # 1!

Just when you think you couldn’t ask for anything more from Santa, here he comes with ringtones!  Those Elves are busy little guys.  Here is ringtone number 1!  This is in MP3 format.  The iPhone version is available on my music store page…..

Y’all come back now, ya hear!

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Sheet Music for Trailer Park Santa

Sheet music is also available for Trailer Park Santa.  The lead sheet contains the melody and chord progression for the song.  A copy is available for download on the Sheet Music Page.

Thank you for your support!

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Video of Trailer Park Santa

My next song in the series of singles that will make up my Christmas album this coming fall was just released: “Trailer Park Santa”. This post is to give you is the Trailer Park Santa video. So….”Merry Christmas!” It’s Christmas in July! Ho, ho, ho.  The songwriting backstory is here.

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Trailer Park Santa’s in the Wild

As of today Trailer Park Santa is now up on Spotify.  See, here’s the Spotify player.   If Spotify’s not your thing here’s a link to Santa.  The backstory is here.

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Christmas in July and Trailer Park Santa and Childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Well, it’s “Christmas in July” again and I have completed another holiday-themed song that’s ready to launch, which I have dubbed “Trailer Park Santa”!

Update July 20th:  Here is the link to the Trailer Park Santa video.

The backstory on Trailer Park Santa is after spending time recording music with a sacred theme, e.g. Mary’s Gift and the Hallelujah Chorus, I was ready for something fun. Secondly, Trailer Park Santa was inspired by my real life experience when I was eight years old of living in a trailer park in Fort Wayne, Indiana which was bordered by US Highway 30 on […] Continue Reading…

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Here’s your Music Player for Mary’s Gift

I am continuing to work on tracks for the Christmas holiday album this fall.  This was the latest release.  Another single will be coming in a few weeks to add to the list.  The next one will be a fun song based on a true story from my childhood!  It is titled, “Trailer Park Santa”!  Ho, ho, ho.

 

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