February 10, 2012
I recorded this at the end of a very long day in the studio. I was tired. The musicians were tired. And my voice was shot. After I finished this song, I couldn’t talk for nearly two hours.
I finished writing this song shortly before flying to N. Carolina for the session. No one had seen it or heard it. It was a last minute addition.
I asked Richard Putnam (who was doing the charts for me) to look at the lead sheet. While he did, I recorded another track. There was Richard, off in a corner, trying to make sense of my song and ignore the song I was singing. He only had time to jot some notes; “charting” would be too generous of a term. So we mostly flew by the seat of our pants.
The result is one of my favorite songs. I like the thought of noel (peace) being an on-going event. The birth of Christ may have been the first noel but not the last. I believe God is still saying: Peace.
June 14, 2011
We started this project to raise money for Katrina’s medical bills. People generously donated with time to make the album. And many donated much more than the price of an album when it was released. My continued thanks.
This song is for Katrina. She was very tired but able to sing on this track. Today, her disease has progressed, and she spends most of her time in her hospital bed in the living room. Clearly, she wouldn’t be able to make the trip or sit on a stool like she did here. So I’m very glad to have this recording.
This is the tile song for the album, and one of the first I wrote for the project. I don’t dance, so this is as close as I’ll ever come to a Christmas waltz.