Years ago, my aunt sent us the link to a video that had gone viral on the Internet. To the tune of White Christmas, a rather clumsily animated Santa Claus and reindeer crooned and bopped their way across the screen.
It was adorable and it was how I discovered the Drifters White Christmas.
I had long been a fan of the Drifters (for those of you out there who have no idea what I’m talking about they were a doo-wop group from the 1950s). That’s right, I listen to this kind of thing all the time and I don’t care who knows it! I love the smooth tones of their voices, their flawless ability to harmonize and to actually sing with hardly any musical back up. They used their voices like instruments and I will never tire of listening to these artists, who really knew what singing was all about.
This particular song I recorded in my basement ‘studio’ (a bedroom that my family and I have converted into a work room for my painting, writing and recording…it also comes in handy as a secret place for wrapping Christmas presents). Unfortunately, this room is not sound proof and if a fly even buzzes through the other end of the room, my mic can pick it up. Like the old film sets, I have to go around the house, warning my family and asking them not to use certain sinks or stomp around too much. They are very generous in accommodating me and I race back into my room and whip out five or six takes before giving everybody the green light.
So here it is. My take on the Drifters White Christmas, done in my basement studio, with my Yeti mic and my laptop. It isn’t necessarily a thing of beauty but this song will be a joy forever to me. I had so much fun recording it!