Christmas messages in February!? Yes. Before I released "Silent Night" for free download last December, I had been working on recording a different song. There was a Christmas chorus I'd written a few years earlier for which I couldn't, for the life of me, come up with suitable verses.
One morning (12/10/06) I was doing some reading and came across an old Christmas Carol by Martin Luther in the 1520's called "All Praise To Thee, Eternal Lord." I thought the words were dynamic and after composing a melody for them and playing it few times on the piano, I remembered that chorus I had written that didn't have a home. The two became one and I played it that evening at a Christmas party for some dear friends who had been supporting me throughout the years. Nine months later we hit the studio to record the new song: "God Has Come To Earth", but by the deadline, I wasn't satisfied with the progress. In a desperate move, I benched the project (unknowingly without going through proper channels) and we hurriedly recorded what I think is a beautiful version of Silent Night.
So now, my record label, rightly so, wanted me to finish the song, and finish it early. So here we are Feb 22nd, and we're just about finished with my next free Christmas download which won't be available until November 2008! I'm pretty excited about it though: I think it's a great message with a good Christmas-y feel (chimes, bells, sleighs and a piano part that sounds like snowfall.) I can't wait.
And don't worry. I'll remind you. ;)
ps. excuse the 'lower-case G' in the photo. we'll fix it.