The other night a pal sent me a video of a room full of people singing ‘Yippe-ki-yay, Father Christmas’ at a Die Hard panto that just about brought a tear to my eye.
The next morning, Lauren Laverne played it on 6 as part of a Christmassy people’s playlist and I got lovely tweets about it all day.
So it's been a source of warm fuzziness on the approach to The Big Day.
It’s funny thinking about this song. I had wanted to write it forever. The original idea was to make the music entirely out of that great elevator “ping” but my first attempt didn’t do much for me and the session languished in a folder for a couple of years before I heard that eagleowl were doing a Die Hard Christmas single. I congratulated Bart (from eagleowl) on beating me to it and he insisted I should give mine another go and become part of the release. Since it was fairly close to the deadline at that point, I ended up writing the whole thing in an afternoon, which is fairly rare an all the more satisfying. It's, like, one of the most... proper... songs I've ever written.
It’s now available from my bandcamp
Shout outs to:
Juletide Corrie for the use of his piano
Kath Claus and Christmas St'eve for the BVs.
Bart OwlbehomeforChristmas for lighting the fire that roasted this chestnut.
Song, by Toad Records for releasing it originally as a tree bauble snow globe containing a lego John McLane. Always nice to have another obscure release format under the belt.
And to Bec Hill, who made this incredible video for it last year.