What inspired you to record a holiday song?
I’ve thought about writing a holiday song for some time, finding their lyrical messages and musical ambiances inspiring. But I never attempted writing one until recently hearing about MPI’s awesome annual holiday song album. So “now” just seemed like the right time to produce one, although it is my hope that this song transcends any particular time.
What is your fondest holiday memory as a kid?
I was brought up in a Jewish household, but as a kid I was curious about Christmas and it’s traditions. Hanukah may have ruled the day in our house, but it didn’t override the joy I shared with my non-Jewish friends and classmates throughout the holiday season.
Do you have any special holiday family traditions you would like to share?
Christmas morning with my wife’s family consists of our traditional “Pancake Extravaganza” featuring a plethora of artfully prepared pancakes (especially the ones with burnt edges!) courtesy of my wife’s stepfather, Ruben “The Pancake King!”
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song (that isn’t yours)?
Being a Beatles fan, what pops into mind are the holiday songs written by Lennon & McCartney, “Happy Xmas/War is Over” and “Wonderful Christmastime,” respectively, not to mention the effervescent, “Christmastime is Here Again.” And oh, yeah, when it comes to holiday songs, Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” is no slouch!
Do you have any holiday recipes you would like to share?
My mother’s delicious latkes! Potatoes pancakes with edges crispened to perfection (beginning to see a pattern here?!) and infused with plenty of mom’s special ingredient: love!
What are your fondest musical memories associated with the holiday season?
Again, I turn to the Beatles who inspire me in so many ways all the days of the year. But come each holiday season, I put on my cherished Beatles Christmas Records for my family and me to enjoy. If you’ve never experienced them, seek them out. They are a true holiday treat!
Do you believe in Santa?
What do you enjoy more, receiving gifts or giving them?
Everyone enjoys receiving gifts–I’m no exception. But I get tremendous satisfaction from giving something special to someone special in my life.
Have you ever gotten a lump of coal in your stocking?
I suppose the Jewish counterpart of stuffing stockings is the giving of Hanukah “gelt” (money). So, although I never received a lump of coal, as a kid, I remember receiving pennies and nickels, feeling somewhat disappointed that they weren’t dollars.
What message do you want people to hear when they listen to your song?
I truly believe we should strive to honor and respect the planet and all its inhabitants each and every day of the year, and not only as part of a “season.” That, together with spreading the joy in life, is the main message of my song.