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Lisa Pressman & Tim Ponzek

“Very Merry Christmastime”


What inspired you to record a holiday song?

We love recording holiday songs! The absolute joy of the holiday season inspired us to record Very Merry Christmastime which was written with Lisa’s multi-layered, 4-part vocal harmony in mind. We heard the song being set as a retro 60’s arrangement, with vibey guitars, organ and lots of drums and percussion.

What is your fondest holiday memory as a kid?

[Tim] My mom was a wonderful baker.  Every Christmas Season she would bake about a dozen different varieties of cookies.  She also made pumpkin pies, custard pies and the best fruitcake ever.  And there was always plenty at home no matter how many she gave away to everyone who stopped by.

[Lisa] One of the perks about marrying Tim was his mom’s delicious deserts. She even created our wedding cake!

What is your favorite Christmas/holiday song (that isn’t yours)?

We both love Christmastime is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

What inspired you to write a Christmas/holiday song?

As we get to perform all the great Christmas classics every year, we were inspired to write our own “classic”. Very Merry Christmastime was written to express all the joyful aspects of Christmas.  We really wanted to write a song that was upbeat and a lot of fun so everyone could sing along.

What are your fondest musical memories associated with the holiday season?

We both love to watch the movie White Christmas every year.  We speak all the dialog and sing all the great Irving Berlin songs – especially Count Your Blessings, The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing and Snow.

In your opinion, what is the all-time best holiday song?

White Christmas! It’s so simple and poignant – it touches our hearts every time we hear it

Do you believe in Santa?

How could we not believe in Santa? He is generous, joyful and downright jolly – he is our role model!

What message do you want people to hear when they listen to your song?

We would love for people to hear and feel the whole-hearted joy of Very Merry Christmastime.  As we sing in our song –  

“Oh yes we live it and give it, every single drop of our Holiday cheer. Our kindness will find us filled to overflowing at this time of year…”

What do you enjoy more? Receiving gifts or giving them?

We love giving the gift of music in creating and recording Christmas songs.  They are timeless gifts!

What charities do you support?

We support our local food bank all year long.

What are your top 5 favorite holiday songs?

Christmastime is Here by Vince Guaraldi

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters

Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson

It’s the Holiday Season by Andy Williams

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