Every time this year, I write a few original songs for my wife's elementary school Christmas program. This is my favorite, most satisfying outlet for writing -- watching kids sing what you've created for them is an awesome experience (and they never send you a rejection letter)!
The instruction I received Friday night for this one was "something really peppy, Sweethheart, with elves singing about making toys". Soooo... Saturday afternoon was writing time, and I slapped on a quick demo vocal this morning (Sunday) to help the kids learn the song. They start learning it tomorrow.
This is the song that opens and closes the show (they're only 15-20 minutes long). These are just third-graders, so you'll notice there is ONE verse and ONE chorus (twice through), and a repeating "out phrase" to end it. The songs in general have to be very short and simple, because my wife has just a few rehearsals with her classes before the performance -- with about five or six songs to learn.
GPO: horn section, trombone section, solo trumpet, timpani, harp, chimes, sleigh bells, timpani, piano, and full pipe organ.
JABB: two tenor saxes, bari sax, trombone, three trumpets, drum set (combined with a sliced up drum loop). I used a Dreamstation bass, which I may or may not change later.
Just a note: I combine two JABB trumpets -- one detuned to.02, the other to.06 -- for a lot of the upper range lead trumpet stuff.
PLEASE IGNORE the voice of the old guy singing!!! I'm going to try to record the vocals with the kids later on, and post the result if it turns out OK.
Thanks for listening... Christmas is coming!! The North Pole Song: http://www.dannywilliamsmusic.com/NorthPoleSong.mp3