Dear friends … all of a sudden Christmas Day is only four days away, and I am, as usual, way behind and unprepared! But I do want to leave you with these songs from the Captain & Tennille Christmas CD, THE SECRET OF CHRISTMAS.
When Daryl and I created our one and only Christmas CD back in 2006, we decided that I would arrange and produce the more 'traditional' Christmas songs, and Daryl would do his wonderfully odd, witty and sometimes rather strange versions of Christmas songs that appealed to him. When I finished one of my arrangements, I would hand it over to Daryl, and he would create his special keyboard sounds to help make the song 'come alive'. Often you can hear his signature quirky style in one of my more conventional arrangements … for example, in the background vocals of "Boogie Baby Christmas" (which I wrote for him) … not to mention his fabulous boogie solo.
But in "Daryl of the Bells", Daryl was completely unleashed! I just listened to it again for the first time in a couple of years, and was struck by the absolute genius of his work. It is certainly not a 'traditional' version of the song. And about two or three minutes in, you hear the sound of a train approaching, and suddenly you are on that train, going through all sorts of weird musical scenery … until you finally end up in what sounds to me like a disco/rock nightclub kind of thing. I know … it sounds really 'out there' … and it IS! Listen to it and see what comes into your mind.
SPECIAL NOTE: All of the voices you hear are mine … even the ones that sound like a man … or a mouse! Daryl ran my voice through his synthesizers to change the sound of my vocals to suit his musical vision.
By the way, I just talked to Daryl a couple of days ago, and he sounded GREAT! That makes me very happy. I am HOPING he will find his way back to his keyboards again.
"The Secret of Christmas" … this is my favorite Christmas song. Written by the great Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, the lyrics express exactly how I feel about the Christmas holiday. "The secret of Christmas is not the things you do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things you do all year through."
And remember, as we approach the New Year, KEEP A SONG OF JOY INSIDE YOUR HEART!