New recording: “My Own Song For Christmas”

I wondered if I’d ever get this song out (in more ways than one), but here is my first-ever Christmas “single” ๐Ÿ™‚

“My Own Song For Christmas” is a bit of a send-up of the BBC’s annual schoolchildren’s festive songwriting competition, which used to run as part of “Pebble Mill At One” (and its successor programmes) from the 1970s through to the early-1990s, and which is chiefly remembered for giving Gary Barlow his first big break (at 15, he was a semi-finalist in the 1986 competition).

For some reason, I always felt a bit “miffed” that I missed out on the chance to enter (by the time I’d started songwriting, I would’ve been too old, and the competition wasn’t running by then anyway…). In 1994 I set out to write “the song I would’ve liked to perform on the show”, called “Shelter”โ€”I only demoed it on four-track cassette in 1994 and again in 1996, but I’d like to re-record it properly sometime as I still rather like the song. But that’s for another time…

…as here is my 2012 tribute to the BBC “Song For Christmas” competition, if a slightly tongue-in-cheek, even satirical one! I’ve added it to a new page on this site, devoted to my “singles” (i.e. standalone, non-album tracks), of which this is the first; I’ll try and write some production notes for the page in due course, in my copious free time!

The Bandcamp download of “My Own Song For Christmas” costs ยฃ1 (or equivalent in your local currency), and includes a “B-side” of sorts, the traditional piece “Argiers” (based on Mike Oldfield’s 1976 arrangement of it). Please go take a listen, and let your friends know ๐Ÿ™‚


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