Christmas Time in Hollywood

I got it in my mind to write and record a Christmas song in 2021.  A friend of mine, Doug Suman, had recently written one, and it convinced me that I should have one in my song repertoire as well.  However, I wanted to stay away from the more traditional types of Christmas Songs, so I came up with a bit of a satirical idea on Hollywood’s commercialization of Christmas. With my day job I had spent a lot of time on the Paramount Studio back-lots, so it was easy to come up with the imagery of filming a snowy Christmas scene on a sunny day in Southern California. I wanted to poke a little fun at how the “Hollywood Production Factory” uses famous movie personalities to pitch the “must have” products and  presents, that everyone needs to buy for the holidays. I decided to write it as an up-tempo rock song. (I just didn’t think the world needed another Silent Night). Brett and Stephen came up with the idea to add Christmas Carolers to the song, and they really made this song work as they gave it a cheesy TV commercial sound throughout. Also, I usually like to have a subplot and I do think Christmas songs should have something positive to say, and I was able to mesh a love song into it as well. Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t come up with a really cool guitar part (to me its all about the “hooks” both musically and lyrically). I came up with a very catchy outro in the style of Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby” which I really love and I think fit perfectly. Sarven Manguiat was on electric guitar; I played acoustic, Travis Carlton was on bass, Bonnie Brooksbank was on Piano, Stephen Haaker was on drums. Harrison Crenshaw sang all the background vocals and Harmonies. Brett Grossman and Stephen Haaker.  My Christmas Caroler's were: Diana Ortiz, Jayme Palmer, and Bonnie Brooksbank. Brett Grossman and Stephen Haaker Produced and Engineered it. We recorded again at “Perfect Sound Studio’s” in Frogtown CA and “The Vanguard” in North Hollywood. The song was mastered by Jennifer Munson at Taloowa Corp.

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