Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Music, part one....

OK, here's a little holiday cheer that's been cracking me up all month. Here's a track I just produced for the Phoenix Theatre "A Very Phoenix Xmas 4", which wraps up it's very successful run this weekend.

My pal and colleague Bryan Fonseca at the Phoenix has an unnatural, overpowering love of holiday music. (Betcha didn't know that, did ya?) Anyway, he found this fabulous song, "How Do You Spell Channukkahh?", by Adam Gardner from the Boston rock group Guster. It was released a few years ago on an album of Hanukkah (sp?) songs by a sidegroup of Gardner's called The Lee Vee's. Anyway, Bryan came up with a faux-"American Idol" holiday skit for the Xmas show, and asked me to produce a handful of tracks.

Anyway, the Lee Vee's version has a very edgy, almost "Armed Forces"-era Elvis C. vibe, but Bryan wanted the song to be sung live by some of the cast as a 60's-esque folk group - "Jesus, Joe and Mary" - so it was off to Folk-Rock Land for me. It's a really, really funny and witty song, and I haven't been able to get the cast in to sing on it yet, so I decided to sing it myself.

Happy Holidays to all!